Category Archives: Everest-007

In Honour of Michael Beecher Smith 4/27/2007

With today being Bell’s Let’s Talk day, I’m thinking of Michael and his family. He is dearly missed by so many. I thought I would re-post this blog entry that I did from Everest basecamp on April 27, 2007. Location: … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Looking Back, Looking Ahead…Conversations about Climbing and More

Still in the bardo…two wonderful send-offs have me feeling well loved and well appreciated.  Thanks to all the folks who came to the Wednesday evening presentation on trekking at high altitude.  It was great to spend the evening with you … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #365 Altius ibunt qui as summa nituntur…

Happy Anniversary Visual Soliloquy…One year of talking to myself (and others) through quotes and pictures! They will rise highest who strive for the highest place. –Latin Proverb

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Looking for WIndhorse II

Prayer flags are often called Lung-ta or Windhorse in Tibet and Nepal. One traditional prayer flag design has a windhorse in the centre and the Four Dignities (Lion, Tiger, Garuda, Dragon) in the four corners. As some of you will … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #44 When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but…

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. –Helen Keller

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Everest-007 September 2007

I was battered and bruised by something that does not move. A mountain of epic proportions. In my mind. And out in the world Continue reading

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Everest-007 August 2007

Acclimitizing 8/9/2007 Hello to All, I can’t believe almost another month has passed. I’ve just wrapped up my intensive summer teaching schedule and I feel like I am surfacing for a breath of air. One of my teammates sent me … Continue reading

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Everest-007 July 2007

Rounding the Cape of Post Partum 7/14/2007 Climbing Everest is not just the two months one spends on the mountain; it is the 18 months prior and most likely the 18 months post. I went out on a bike ride … Continue reading

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Everest-007 June 2007

Flat Stanley Returns Home 6/14/2007 Six months after Flat Stanley left Woodland Primary School, he gave up his wondering ways and returned home. The energy in the gymnasium was electric as the children filed in and took their seats. After … Continue reading

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Everest-007 May 2007

Blood Doping in Puck Land 5/29/2007 I’m back in the rink playing hockey. I’ve got three games a week on the go this summer. I worried how hard my first game might feel but quickly realized that I must still … Continue reading

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Everest-007 April 2007

They Shoot Horses… 4/30/2007 Location: Everest Basecaap Elevation: 5300 Meters Elevation Gain: 0 Meters Weather: Highly variable Quote of the Day: Life is short, things change. At this point of the day, I expected to be writing you from Camp … Continue reading

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Everest-007 March 2007

Walking in the footsteps of others 3/31/2007 Flat Stanley at Pumori Flat Stanley in front of Pumori. I am so aware as I trek to Everest Base Camp that I walk in the footsteps of so many others. Camped here … Continue reading

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Everest-007 February 2007

Happy It’s Almost March 2/25/2007 For those of you outside St. John’s, you might not know that we were hammered here by a huge storm on Monday night that brought close to 2 feet of snow overnight. Shoveling was the … Continue reading

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Everest-007 January 2007

Another Rich and Full Week 1/27/2007 Another busy week has unfolded on the Road to Everest. I received a gift from my niece in the mail. Rayne is four and a budding artist. She painted me a picture of Mount … Continue reading

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Everest-007 December 2006

Last Day of the Year 12/31/2006 Hello to All, I’m back in Mendoza after several long days of hiking off the mountain. Thanks so much to all for your kind thoughts and prayers and well wishes. I’m sure they helped … Continue reading

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Everest-007 November 2006

Greetings from Early Morning, 11/26/2006 Last evening was a rare event. I was in bed at 8:50 pm. I was so tired I said, “Stick a fork in me, I’m done.” It must have been braving the pre-Christmas insanity at … Continue reading

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Everest-007 October 2006

Happy Fall Back Day, 10/29/2006 I had a hamster in graduate school. Her name was Gladys. She could bring smiles to the most staid members of the faculty. Gladys had a clear plastic ball in which she could freely roam … Continue reading

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Everest-007 September 2006

Happy Autumn (and nine months to my birthday 🙂 9/24/2006 There is that wonderful crispness in the air–combine that with a sunny clear day–and I am a happy camper. I had a good week and an even better weekend. I … Continue reading

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Everest-007 August 2006

Test Number Two-Check! 8/31/2006 Hello All, Today was another great day in Russia. We hiked up to the Khasktash Glacier to do some crampon training. We had more weight on our backs as we carried up our big plastic boots, … Continue reading

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Everest-007 July 2006

Happy Midsummer Night’s Dream! 7/29/2006 I’m sitting here with ice on various parts of my lower anatomy. I did my long run today and am trying to soothe my aching limbs. It’s been a tough week. One of the hardest … Continue reading

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Everest-007 June 2006

Lessons from Injury 6/25/2006 What a week full of celebrations and life lessons…where to begin? Started back at training on Monday with lifting, step, and a big hike. Tuesday found me running and at the hockey arena. During the warm-up, … Continue reading

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Excursion Around the Bay June 2006

June 4 After the breakfast special at Zachary’s, requisite stops at Whitbourne and Gobbies, and a long drive down the dirt highway, we arrived at Monkstown. Now a small community of just 22 at the head of Paradise Sound, Monkstown … Continue reading

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Everest-007 May 2006

May 7, 2006 “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” –Tagore (a Bengali poet and novelist) Hello All, This statement is what I lived by this week-it is one of my favorites and I … Continue reading

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Everest-007 May 2006

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to All 5/28/2006 Wow another big week of training and decision-making!!! When I face a big decision, I often feel like I’m in the middle of a snow globe. I’m in the middle of a swirling … Continue reading

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Everest-007 April 2006

Howdy to All, I dragged myself out of bed this morning and into the blustery morn. The wind stole all of the leftover bed warmth from my body and the horizontally moving mist soaked me quicker than sun disappears from … Continue reading

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Everest-007 March 2006

Outer Coast Adventure Happy Spring to All, The day began with a dog bark and ended with a shower; in the blink of an eye lives and plans changed. On March 22, the Queen of the North sank. On March … Continue reading

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Everest-007 February 2006

Happy Pisces! 2/19/2006 Yes, you’re right! I had to stretch to find that greeting-perhaps you would have preferred Happy Birthday Nicolaus Copernicus? According to Wikipedia, “Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish astronomer who is remembered for providing the first modern formulation … Continue reading

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Everest-007 January 2006

1/17/2006 I’ve got six weeks to get ready for my big sea kayaking expedition/course off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia. Found my early morning way back into the gym and yoga class today…running, Pilates, and more running tomorrow. In … Continue reading

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