“Mountains are both journey and destination. They summon us to climb their slopes, explore their canyons, and attempt their summits. The summit, despite months of preparation and toil, is never guaranteed though tastes of sweet nectar when reached. If my only goal as a teacher and mountaineer is the summit, I risk cruel failure if I do not reach the highest apex. Instead, if I accept the mountain’s invitation to journey and create meaning in each step, success is manifest in every moment.”
Dr. TA Loeffler is an educator, adventurer, nature advocate, author, and professional keynote speaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. After climbing Mount McKinley, TA set a goal of climbing Mount Everest and the rest of the “Seven Summits,” the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. TA’s explorations take her up high peaks and across continents.
TA invites you to follow along on her many adventures, both big and small. In March of 2014, TA will be headed out on her Great Big Walk across the High Himalaya of Nepal.
In September 2013, TA stood on the highest point in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal. In April 2012, TA skied 275 kilometers across unexplored Greenland and climbed the Arctic’s highest peak, Gunnbjørn Fjeld. In December of 2011, she climbed Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica. TA’s blog details her preparation, training, expeditions and life lessons from these ambitious pursuits.
Nurturing big dreams and climbing big mountains requires leaps of faith, heaps of humor, discipline, luck, support, teamwork, and the ability to ride large waves of emotion. Accepting the invitation to dream is the first step followed by intensive planning, training, outreach, and fundraising. TA utilizes this model repeatedly when nurturing her own dreams and the dreams of others.
Additionally in her blog, TA shares the life lessons that being on this “mountainous” path has taught her as well as a daily quote paired with a photograph in a series entitled “Visual Soliloquy.” Subscribing to TA’s Blog to gets you a regular dose of inspiration delivered directly to your in-box.
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Dr. TA Loeffler brings 25 years of expertise leading people through significant life-changing experiences to every facet of her work. Her work and adventures have taken her to 39 different countries and all seven continents. TA has completed 6 and 4/5 of “The Seven Summits,” the highest peak on all seven continents and only has Mount Everest left to summit.
As a Professor of Outdoor Recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland, TA has developed a reputation for excellence in experiential education because her students are more likely to be outside chasing icebergs than sitting in a classroom. TA inspires hope, possibility, and vision in those whose lives she touches. Over the past ten years, TA has shared her message of “Big Dreams, Big Goals” with over 50,000 youth in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
TA believes that we all long for a balanced, engaged, and creative life that challenges us to be the best we can possibly be. She models this belief in her life on a daily basis and combines her broad range of skills to inspire all to create the life they truly want.
Using her vast collection of outdoor adventures to create metaphors that provide new ways to see and transform the inevitable obstacles of life, TA’s multimedia presentations inform, inspire, and motivate. As an award-winning educator and speaker, TA understands the power of metaphor to initiate and sustain life and professional change.
TA has received international and national recognition for her innovative teaching and community engagement.
- In 2013, TA was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to her community.
- In 2008, TA was awarded a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship and named as the Minnesota State University “2008 Distinguished Alumnus” in the Humanitarian category. Additionally, TA was award the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year Award.
- In 2007, TA received the Karl Rhonke Creativity Award from the Association of Experiential Education.
- In 2006, The Globe and Mail named TA, “A Class Act” and she received the Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award.
- As well, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport named TA to their 2006 Top Twenty Most Influential Women in Canadian Sport and Physical Activity List.
- Additionally, TA received the Memorial University Presidents Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2005 and the Association for Experiential Education named TA the Outstanding Experiential Teacher of the Year in 1999. TA was award the MUNSU Instructor of the Year Award in 1998.
TA is a talented athlete. TA uses strength training, running, biking, yoga, cycling and step aerobics to prepare for her expeditions. She has a passion for hockey and has played every position on the ice including goaltender. TA has coached several championship winning hockey teams and has officiated at the national championship level. Through her experience in both sports and outdoor adventure, TA intimately appreciates teamwork and knows how to bring teams together to accomplish their goals and fulfill their greatest potential.