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Mont Blanc Hallelujah

(Click the video to play while reading the blog entry)  I’ve heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don’t really care for music, do you? It goes like this The fourth, … Continue reading

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Mont Blanc Day Three

We spent the night at the Orny Hut in Switzerland with the plan to climb back over to France. After a restless night in a room with 23 other climbers, we got up pre-dawn to get a good start on … Continue reading

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Mont Blanc Day One

As someone who lives at sea level, my goal for day one was to get my body as high as I could to remind it of the upcoming need for acclimatizing. The wondrous thing about the Chamonix valley is there … Continue reading

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What’s TA Climbing Next? Hvannadalshnúkur, Yding-skovhoj, and Mont Blanc

Congrats to Trien…She’s taken my set of wild clues and solved the puzzle. I’m climbing to three (no, actually four) country high points in the next few months. In April, Marian and I will be climbing Hvannadalshnúkur (the highest peak … Continue reading

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Mountains to Sea

I remember being fascinated as a kid when I learned that all water went to the sea. That the rain that fell in our lake emptied into a creek then joined with a river which eventually flowed to the ocean…amazing. … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the Mountain

There was a change in the weather. With things drying on the deck after the big day out on the glacier, I felt an almost imperceptible cooling that signaled, “Its about to rain.” I dashed out to the deck, grabbed … Continue reading

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Of Crows, Cats and Cows

It’s funny when life “turns a phrase” on you. Riding a big yellow school bus the other day up the shore, Natelle turned to me and said, “So what was with the baby cow?” “Cow?” I replied. “Yes,” she said, … Continue reading

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Ripples in the Pond

When you drop a pebble in a pond, it makes ripples that travel out to the shore and then they refract back until they lose energy and dissipate (or at least that is how I imagine it). When we lead … Continue reading

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Climbs

Here are some of the “Highest Point Lists” that TA is working towards completing.  Click on the dates to read her training updates and dispatches from the climbs. Seven Summits Continent Altitude Attempts Summit Everest Asia 8848 2007, 2010 Aconcagua … Continue reading

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Feeding Paddling North

Ms. Gamble’s Grade Three class asked how we are doing our food for the expedition so here goes. We are using a pantry system rather than a meal by meal. This means we have a bunch of food (I.e. 360 … Continue reading

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Dry It, You’ll Like It!

There is nothing like holding a whole jar of salsa in your hands, without any drips, that gets you excited about an upcoming paddling trip. Marian Wissink and I spent the last week turning 40 kg of “wet” food into … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1058 A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith…

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities. -William Arthur Ward

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Visual Soliloquy #585 The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech…

The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech. ~Dogen

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Visual Soliloquy #520 I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed…

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #452 You may have a fresh start at any moment…

You may have a fresh start at any moment, because this thing we can “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. –Mary Pickford

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Visual Soliloquy #352 What saves a person is to take a step. Then another step…

What saves a person is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Visual Soliloquy #296 How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains…

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~John Muir

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Visual Soliloquy #295 Our heart away from nature becomes hard…

Our heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear

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Visual Soliloquy #280 Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpos e–a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye…

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose–a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. – Mary Shelley

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Visual Soliloquy #278 For hope is but the dream of those that wake…

For hope is but the dream of those that wake. – Matthew Prior

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Visual Soliloquy #277 Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do…

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Visual Soliloquy #276 Fortune favors the brave…

Fortune favors the brave. – Publius Terence

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