Monthly Archives: March 2012

Packing, Sewing, Charging

The gift of a late March snow storm is that is prompts one to stay home and attend to one’s packing chores. Marian and I spent much of today doing Greenland prep chores. I don’t know how I ever managed … Continue reading

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Hot Sauce Quiz

As we sat down to have our Newfoundland fish cakes tonight for supper, I realized we had sauce options from four different countries on the table as possible condiments. The four bottles were from four trips to do four climbs…can … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #489 I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma…

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~Eartha Kitt

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Visual Soliloquy #488 In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed…

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. ~Kahlil Gibran

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A Theory of Relativity

I pulled this tire up Signal Hill three times this morning. The first pull felt awfully hard. Indeed. Really, really hard. Interesting to note that that feeling of hardness made me really really want to stop. It was dark. Cold. … Continue reading

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Getting to the Glacier

Tangent Expeditions is providing the logistics and transportation for my upcoming Greenland expedition.  This great video gives an introduction to how snowmobiles are opening up parts of Greenland to exploration as well as give some picture of the amazing views … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #487 Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods…

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #486 There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm…

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. ~Willa Cather

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Visual Soliloquy #485 Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves…

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~James Matthew Barrie

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Visual Soliloquy #484 I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better…

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. ~Plutarch

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The Big Push…Err…Pull!

In just under three weeks, I will set foot for the first time in Greenland and it’s nearing two weeks to departure to Iceland-the staging point for the expedition. Each day I try to check a few more things off … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #483 A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions…

A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Visual Soliloquy #482 I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.— Maya Angelou

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Visual Soliloquy #481 An optimist is the human personification of spring…

An optimist is the human personification of spring. ~Susan J. Bissonette

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Visual Soliloquy #480 It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed…

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. –Theodore Roosevelt

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Looking Back, Looking Forward…Mount Hillaby

I’ve spent much of the evening working on my website, getting it ready to share the excitement and challenges of my upcoming expedition to Greenland. I’ve set the home page to display my blog so it will be very easy … Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone to Greenland

Dr. TA Loeffler is an adventurer, author, and professional keynote speaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.  TA is currently on her “Go for Greenland” expedition which includes a 250 km crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap culminating with an … Continue reading

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Where’s TA? Test message from TA’s SPOT

TA Latitude:47.57008 Longitude:-52.70163 GPS location Date/Time:03/21/2012 16:22:59 PDT Message:This is me testing my new spot device in advance of my Greenland expedition. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/7NCFN/47.57008N/52.70163W If the above link does not work, … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy 479 There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs…

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. ~Ansel Adams  

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Testing Testing All Audio Blog Systems Go

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I am the Tow Truck

One morning when I was training for a climb, a guy in a truck roared up and said, “do you want me to call you a tow truck?”  I wasn’t quick enough that morning mentally because about half way up … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy 478 The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear…

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear. –Gandhi

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You Go Girl

I love this clip.  It speaks volumes of what it is like to be on the precipice of a new experience, wanting to let go and let the skis ride, and the challenge of doing that.  A brave nine year … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy 477 Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold…

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. –Helen Keller

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Skiing in Place

Another great day out training for Greenland. I love this picture of Marian standing at the edge of Windsor Lake. The fish eye lens of the Go-Pro has curved the horizon and given the picture a very sensuous feeling. I’d … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy 476 You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it…

You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it. ~Author Unknown

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Humbled by 60 KG

If it’s Saturday, it’s pull day! This weekend I had a date with 60 kg…up ten kg from last week. I also upped the weight in my pack by 10 kg as well. The result. Humility. You see, after last … Continue reading

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Upright is Alright

Here’s an oldie but a goodie…it’s a video that Kenna Fair and I made after our 2003 trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  It’s a compilation of super eight film, video, and photographs.  The first three minutes … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy 475 You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…

You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky

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Visual Soliloquy 474 Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light…

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ~Jean Giraudoux

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Visual Soliloquy 473 When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest…

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. –Henry David Thoreau

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Visual Soliloquy 472 It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves…

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves. ~André Gide

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Visual Soliloquy 471 Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first…

Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. ~Frederick B. Wilcox

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Visual Soliloquy 470 Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure…

Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure. ~Author Unknown This … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy 469 Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over…

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

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8 km with 50 kg

Given a big dump of snow earlier in the week, we’d hoped to get to ski today to try out my new boot/binding combination that we installed during Wednesday’s gift of a snow day. We gave up after only ten … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy 468 To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself…

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. ~Soren Kierkegaard

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Visual Soliloquy #467 Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will…

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. –James Stephens

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Visual Soliloquy #466 A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult…

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. -Melinda Gates

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Visual Soliloquy #497 Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness…

Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness. – Ray Bradbury

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