Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Real Heroes

The real heroes of this experience will be our trekking staff: Climbing sherpas, porters, cook and kitchen staff. They will facilitate our experience through their very hard work. Having been on many expeditions where I have carried loads, I so … Continue reading

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Thanks to the Grade Fours at HTE

Thanks for all your comments and questions today. Sorry I couldn’t respond to them all individually. It’s pretty cool that there is wireless in Lukla but I’m on a very small handheld typing with one finger. So keep asking and … Continue reading

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Peaks and Passes Day 2: April 16

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 2: An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla (2840m). We spend the remainder of the day resting and acclimatizing. We stay in a tea house. Fun Fact of the Day … Continue reading

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Trail sign

On the trails in Nepal you share the trail with many folks and beasts. The Grade Fours at HTE asked if I had seen any animals so far. We’ve seen horses, dzous (cross between yak and cow), lots of dogs … Continue reading

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Spinning Prayer Wheels

Here Marian is spinning a prayer wheel along side the trail in Lukla. They are filled with prayers/intentions that get released to the universe when spun. They are spun clockwise with the right hand.

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In Lukla

Hello from Lukla, Despite some low cloud cover in KTM, we were able to fly to Lukla today. A different start to a trek in that we are staying in Lukla tonight and heading to 3000 meters up behind Lukla. … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from TA SPOT Messenger

TA Latitude:27.68718 Longitude:86.73224 GPS location Date/Time:04/16/2013 02:19:20 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/BjX4q/27.68718N/86.73224E If … Continue reading

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Peaks and Passes Day 1: April 15

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 1: We meet the rest of the expedition crew in Kathmandu, pack our expedition duffels, and explore Kathmandu. Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? According to UNESCO, Nepal contains four World Heritage Sites: … Continue reading

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Everest Hardware

We met up with Christine and Tyler and helped them find another Kathmandu landmark, Everest Hardware. It’s a fun place to shop because they sew their gear right there and they will even sew to your own dimensions. We’re hoping … Continue reading

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Momotarou

What is momotarou? Is it: A) A Tibetan dumpling usually filled with meat? B) A Nepalese fortune telling card deck C) What life is like with rotating electricity brown-outs? D) TA’s favourite restaurant for Japanese food in Thamel? E) All … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from Boudhanath

A Happy New Year of 2070 to you. We spent some of this celebratory day circumambulating the stupa at Boudhnath. Boudha is one of my special places and I make sure to visit each time I am in Kathmandu. We … Continue reading

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Happy New Year’s Eve

After nearly 36 hours, we,be arrived in Kathmandu. And it’s Nepali New Year’s Eve. Tomorrow. Will be the year 2070! We celebrated at the Nargilla, one of our favourite restaurants here. The picture is what we saw when we looked … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from TA SPOT Messenger

TA Latitude:27.71282 Longitude:85.30961 GPS location Date/Time:04/13/2013 12:32:10 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/Bhk2b/27.71282N/85.30961E If … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #740 A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader…

A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader. ― Daisaku Ikeda

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Visual Soliloquy #739 Many people think excitement is happiness….But when you are excited you are not peaceful…

Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace. ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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Made it to London

Hello from London Travels are very smooth thus far. Guess how many countries Marian and I have now visited together? Off to Qatar in 3 hours…

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No More Sleeps

A few last things to be zipped into the bags, our plane clothes put on, and a few last details to take care of and we’re off.  Thanks for all the well wishes. We look forward to sharing the trip … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #738 Rise to the challenges that life presents you…

Rise to the challenges that life presents you. You can’t develop genuine character and ability by sidestepping adversity and struggle. ― Daisaku Ikeda

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Fun with Google Earth: View from Summit of Mera Peak

Google Earth is a wonderful visualization tool. The other evening, Marian and I “flew” over our entire route. Using “street view”, we could even see the view from the summit of Mera Peak. I thought I would share that image … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #737 You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself…

You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself. ― Alan Wilson Watts

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Audio Post Testing from St. John’s…Introducing the Tech Lunch Box

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You’re Invited to Follow Us on Peaks and Passes

We’re down to two sleeps to departure for Peaks and Passes: Mera Peak to Island Peak through the Amphu Labsta and I wanted to extend a hearty welcome and invitation to join us online for the expedition. Spend a little … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #736 Where ever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see…

Where ever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear. … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #735 Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet…

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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Peaks and Passes: Route Map and Itinerary

Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labtsa April 15: Meet the rest of the expedition crew in Kathmandu. April 16: An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla (2840m). We spend the remainder of the … Continue reading

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Minimum Effective Dose

A gorgeous day here hinting at the coming of Spring and we spent most of it indoors fighting with “monster bags” rather than climbing Signal Hill as I originally thought we might. But at the moment of choose this morning, … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #734 No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path…

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ― Gautama Buddha

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Visual Soliloquy #733 I’d like to divide myself in order to see, among these mountains, each and every flower of every cherry tree…

I’d like to divide myself in order to see, among these mountains, each and every flower of every cherry tree. ― Saigyō

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Visual Soliloquy #732 It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others…

It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings. ― Daisaku Ikeda

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The Weeks of Lasts: 7 Days and Counting to Peaks and Passes

And I’m not talking about shoe-making…it’s a week of “lasts” and endings and good-bye. Yesterday was my last class with HKR 4210 (what a great group of students I had this year). Today was my last Thursday hockey game. Tomorrow … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #731 Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served…

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. ― Mahatma Gandhi

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Visual Soliloquy #730 Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else…

Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. ― Shunryu Suzuki Visual Soliloquy #730 marks the two year mark (i.e. 365 x 2) of these…it’s been a remarkable practice of speaking to myself and others … Continue reading

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Confidence on Ice

It hasn’t been my most favourite winter even though I usually love winter and I usually love hockey. This winter felt tough. Maybe it was tough. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference when something is truly tough or just … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #729 Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up…

Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end. ― Daisaku Ikeda

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10 Days to Departure for Peaks and Passes (Mera and Island)

Marian and I had a good afternoon training on the hill yesterday-the weather was just starting to break and we started to work off our many Easter feasts. There is gear laid out in the living room and the lists … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #728 True change is within; leave the outside as it is…

True change is within; leave the outside as it is. ― Dalai Lama XIV

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