Category Archives: Everest 2010

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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Visual Soliloquy #201 If you don’t scale the mountain, you can’t view the plain.. .

If you don’t scale the mountain, you can’t view the plain. – Chinese 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 #84 Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience…

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #83 Nothing will come of nothing. Dare for mighty things…

Nothing will come of nothing. Dare for mighty things. – William Shakespeare

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Everest 2010 Photo Gallery

Here are some of the favourite images from TA’s Everest 2010 expedition.  To read training updates, dispatches from the mountain and follow-up posts, please click here:

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Visual Soliloquy #58 The harder I work the more I live…

The harder I work the more I live. –George Bernard Shaw

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Oma: Mountain of a Woman

While back in Edmonton this week, I had the wonderful fortune of placing my laptop complete with webcam into the lap of my Oma. It was a precious moment as she saw herself appear on the screen in front of … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #53 Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment…

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. –Jim Rohn

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Visual Soliloquy #50 Today is your day, your mountain is waiting…

Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. – Dr Seuss

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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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Visual Soliloquy #41

Just don’t give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. –Ella Fitzgerald

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Visual Soliloquy #38

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine. –Morris West

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Visual Soliloquy #23

Sometimes the more goal-oriented we are, the less likely we are to obtain that goal. If you really, really want something, you have to forget how much you want it. Or else you’ll be too nervous to get it. But … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #22

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.  The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do.  You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #17

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. –Aeschylus

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Wanted: Unconditional Confidence

Howdy, Sunday has rolled around again. After a year’s hibernation, I’m back attending a Buddhist retreat this weekend called, “Wisdom in Everyday Life.” I’m appreciating being back within the community of the Sangha, which has been a critical part of … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #13

The summit in view So high in the air, Congrats to Eric For standing there! Eric Larsen summitted Mount Everest this morning completing his Save the Pole Expedition. He skied to the South Pole, then the North Pole and then … Continue reading

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Of Maps and Sweat Equity

Happy 10.10.10 and Happy Thanksgiving, I don’t think I was all that clear last week when I announcing my new approach to weekly updates. For those folks who’ve been receiving your updates via gmail, you don’t need to join Facebook-sorry … Continue reading

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Change is a Foot!

Howdy, I spent much of the last week sick with a series of illness that piled up like cordwood over the week. A trip to the ER finally had me on the mend and I had a quiet week at … Continue reading

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A New Adventure

Howdy from Deer Lake, I am typing my update in the Deer Lake Airport as I await the flight back home. I presented to the Newfoundland and Labrador Fire Service Association this morning and enjoyed sharing how climbing Everest and … Continue reading

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Das Boot

Hey, It’s Sunday once again and the time has been a blur. My mom was admitted to hospital about a week ago in serious condition and I’ve spent much of the week sending my love, prayers, and good thoughts to … Continue reading

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Look Where You Want to Go

Good Morning, First, please accept my apologies for not posting last week. I’d led an expedition for my class and the weekend just got away from me (as did the week). We backpacked from Portugal Cove to Bauline on the … Continue reading

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Just Right

Good Evening, Another rich and full week has come to a close and I’ve dropped into my chair to reflect on the many adventures, big and small, that the past seven days has delivered. As I’m “fist and eyes” into … Continue reading

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Fence Boards and Paneer

Congrats to Spain, Condolences to the Netherlands, Another seven days has quickly passed and I find myself stealing a few moments in my chair once again. I’m a bit tired from my biggest day of riding yet and I’m going … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Satori

Happy Fireworks Day, It was a busy week fitting back into the routine of teaching and trying to get out on my bike as much as possible. I’m teaching two courses this summer: one in park management and one in … Continue reading

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Settling Back In

Happy Father’s Day, Today will be a day I miss my dad more than most. Yesterday hundreds of motorcycles rode down Duckworth Street in the “Ride for Dad”, a prostate cancer fundraiser and tears rolled down my cheeks as the … Continue reading

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Everest 2010: Good Bye Kathamndu

Hi this is TA calling in from the rooftop of the hotel Horizon here in Kathmandu; we are trying to get all our bags in one spot, so we can get them packed up and pray that they are not … Continue reading

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Everest 2010: Heading Home

May 19 – Goodbye EBC…For Now Hi this is TA calling in from Everest base camp for the last time on this expedition. We welcomed home our summiteers from all points higher than this, and hearing their stories, and seeing … Continue reading

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Everest 2010: Week Six

This week TAs pesky urinary tract infection forced her to seek refuge at lower elevation in the village of Pheriche. But now, feeling better TA is back at base camp and is preparing to head back into the ice fall. … Continue reading

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Everest 2010: Week Five

Resting 4/27/2010 Hi this is TA calling in from the village of Pheriche at 4220m, and look I can talk in full sentences down here in the thick air. Mango and I walked down in about 5 hours today and … Continue reading

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Everest 2010: Week Four

April 15 – Housekeeping Hi this is TA calling in from Everest base camp, the sun has just set behind the ridge so the temperature is about to plummet. I’m sitting in my nicely reorganized tent, today was a rest … Continue reading

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Everest 2010: Week Three

Another week and another round of Everest 2010 updates. TA and the crew made it all the way to Everest base camp this week, so now the real climbing begins. As always these updates are being brought to you by … Continue reading

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Everest 2010: Week Two

March 29 – Good Morning Nepal Hi this is TA calling in from the Gumpa at Bouksa at 2340 metres, I couldn’t get a signal last night to call in the update so I’m calling in this morning. We jus … Continue reading

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Everest 2010: Week One

March 25th – Kathmandu How Are You? Hi this is TA and Marian calling in from the rooftop of the Nirvana Guest Hotel in Kathmandu, we had a long day of flights and now we are getting settled in and … Continue reading

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In Between a Rock and a Gear Place 

Happy Daylight Savings Time, My apologies to Saskatchewanians and Arizonans for the exclusive greeting but you are probably used to it at this time of year! I’m bathed in the low angled light of dusk and a thick blanket of … Continue reading

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Summit Socks and Send-Offs

Howdy to All, March is here and the Everest Advent Calendar’s doors are half open!  The remainder of the road trip went well with two presentations in Calgary and I’ve been busy since my return trying to take items off … Continue reading

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Road Trip

Happy 2010 Olympics! Another seven doors are open on the Everest advent calendar and I’ve had a good trip out west.  After months of wrangling with various bureaucracies, it finally worked for me to pay a visit to the University … Continue reading

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Everest Advent

Howdy, I can’t believe another week has flown by and I’ve added another 16.6 ascents of Signal Hill into the mix!  The tire pulling crew dragged their way up 3.5 times this week and we were joined by Deb Shortall … Continue reading

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