Monthly Archives: December 2011

Visual Soliloquy #400: When everything seems to be going against you…

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

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Visual Soliloquy #399: If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun…

If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun. – Katherine Hepburn

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Visual Soliloquy #398: Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain…

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain

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Visual Soliloquy #397: An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory…

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #396: Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster…

Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster. – Anne Wilson Schaef

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Visual Soliloquy #395: The everyday practice is simply to develop complete…

The everyday practice is simply to develop complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing everything totally without reservations or blockages so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself. –Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Merry Christmas

A Mountain of Merry Christmas Wishes to You and Yours.  Wishing you peace, love, and contentment in the 2012 (with a liberal sprinkling of challenge and adventure)

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Vinson Vignette #5: Wasting Away in Vinsonville

In my last vignette, I mentioned building snow sculptures down near the privies at Vinson Base Camp. Since I mentioned them, I thought I would do a vignette on how human waste is dealt with both at Union Glacier and … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #4: Ice Axes and Inukshuks

This will likely end up my favourite image from the trip: My ice axe on the summit. I like a slight dash of red playing off the almost duo-chrome black and white. It reminds me of the awesome view from … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #3: Bookends and Rope Teams

When I arrived in Santiago three weeks ago, I popped up to the Great Gatsby to have some dinner while I waited for my connection to Punta Arenas. Tonight, as I passed the time to my Toronto connection, I did … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #2: Newfoundland Flag First Out of the Bag

This flag has been to the top of six continents with me. I purchased it on a whim when heading to Alaska for the climb that started all of this, Denali. I packed it away, carried it uphill for 26 … Continue reading

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Vinson Vignette #1: Lost for Words

OK…I’ve been trying to write this blog entry for 24 hours and I guess I just have to admit that I am lost for words. Or a starting point. I’m missing a place to jump off in trying to explain … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #22: Don’t bring things to a painful point

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team Returns to Punta Arenas

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 19, 2011 Elevation: 121′ This is Dave Hahn calling from Antarctica our Vinson season ended today. About midday, around 11 AM, we flew from Vinson Basecamp back to Union Glacier. Today was a beautiful … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #21: In post meditation, be a child of illusion

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #20: Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly

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Vinson Massif: Clouds …

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are waiting to fly out of Mount Vinson base camp: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 17, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ The clouds and fog took over Vinson basecamp again today. There … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #19: If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century.  For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Snow sculpture contest at VBC

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are still waiting in Antarctica: Posted by: | December 16, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ Another day drifting in the Vinson Basecamp milk bottle, surrounded by whiteness. Except it was fun. The RMI … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #18: Self-liberate even the antidote

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century.  For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Not so much happening

Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 16, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ The clouds around Vinson basecamp lifted some today, but didn’t go away. In particular they were stuck over the Nimitz Glacier and the approaches for an airplane trying to get … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #17: Don’t be swayed by external circumstances

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century.  For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Hanging out at base camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are in Antarctica: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 14, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ Not so much to report today besides a good brunch and a fine dinner. Thick fog and cloud … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #16: Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue

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Vinson Massif: Waiting for the airplane

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who have finished climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 13, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ The fog and low cloud came and went periodically at Vinson basecamp today. … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team descends to base camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team in Antarctica: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 12, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ This morning at high camp it was still sunny, but there was a persistent breeze which was on its way … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #15: Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century.  For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #14: Whichever of the two occurs, be patient

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century.  For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team returns safely to high camp after summit

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 11, 2011 Elevation: 12,400′ Conditions today can only be described as having been perfect for a … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #13 Abandon poisonous food

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century.  For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson summit audio clip

Reposted from the Rainier Mountaineering Blog (http://www.rmiguides.com/blog/) Many thanks to the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union for their financial assistance in getting TA to Antarctica to climb Mount Vinson.

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Vinson Massif: Summit!!!!!!!

Here is the latest update from TA’s team, they have summited! Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 11, 2011 Elevation: 16,067′ Hey, this is Dave Hahn calling in from the summit of Mount Vinson 16,067 feet above sea level. And … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team rests at high camp and readies for summit bid

Here is the latest update from TA’s team, who weather permitting, will be on their summit bid today!: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 10, 2011 Elevation: 12,400′ A long and easy day at high camp, preparing for the summit. … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #12: Examine the nature of unborn awareness

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Move to high camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 09, 2011 Elevation: 12,400′ Half past one in the morning and the sun is blazing away … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #11: Train in the three difficulties

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Team carries to high camp

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 08, 2011 Elevation: 9,500′ It is a quarter after one in the morning in the Ellsworth … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #10: Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Rest day for the team

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 07, 2011 Elevation: 9,500′ Winds stayed mercifully calm throughout last night, but just as we got … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #9 Two activities: one at the beginning, one at the end

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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