Category Archives: Everest 2010

Life in the Zone(s)

Happy Valentine’s Day, I try to pay close attention to my heart.  Both my physical heart and my emotional heart.  On this day, where we celebrate the loves in our lives, I thought I would write about a connection I’ve … Continue reading

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Shakedown for the Summit

Happy Snow Day, Sitting here in my chair after an epic climb of Signal Hill to do some gear testing in today’s big blizzard. When I saw the forecast, “Snow at times heavy and blowing snow. Amount 20 cm. Wind … Continue reading

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Ladder Practice for the Khumbu

Greetings from Another Week, Downtown St. John’s is a cacophony of colorful rectangular houses whose front doors open onto the street and whose back doors open into secret gardens that double as cat paradises. Today Marian and I had the … Continue reading

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Flat Stanley is in the House

Good Morning,   I’m back in my chair after a whirlwind road trip to the far side of the province.  Marian and I headed out Friday morning to drive to Gambo.  There I did a first–I presented at Smallwood Academy … Continue reading

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A New Altitude

Good Evening, In an unusual moment, I am lost for words. In the scale of human tragedy, this week’s earthquake in Haiti has given me (and most folks I know) an occasion for pause, for prayer, and for sorting out … Continue reading

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Avoiding “Insanity”

Howdy, It’s near the end of the first week of my Camp Two training phase and it’s been an interesting week of activity and reflection.  This week was a bit of a rest week with a few parts of the … Continue reading

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Happy 2010

Happy New Year! Wow!  It’s 2010 and today is a palindrome (01022010), as an odometer moment queen* that’s pretty exciting!  (* An odometer moment queen is someone who is fond of numerical fun such as the time 12:34:56 and car … Continue reading

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Happy Boxing Day!

It’s been a quiet relaxing few days around here as I timed my training to take a few rest days around the holidays. I had trained eight days solid since returning from Edmonton so spending Christmas Eve and Dad doing … Continue reading

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Pumping Up the Volume

Happy Solstice to All,   After an intense month, this week was indeed much lighter and I look forward to the return of more illumination day by day over the next months.  I always enjoy celebrating the two solstices but … Continue reading

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Joys and Sorrows

Good Icy Cold Morning to You, The combination of minus 45 degrees C and ice fog this morning at the Edmonton International Airport means we’re spending an additional day here.  Our flight was cancelled and given big travel volumes, we … Continue reading

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Off to Powder Ski Slopes

Good Morning,   I’m up early to write from a different chair.  It’s been a big week on the metaphorical mountain and I know forming and sharing the words will help me reflect and process the deeper meaning of it … Continue reading

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A New Elevation

Good Morning,   When climbing a high altitude peak, we don’t just climb it once.  We climb it at least twice, perhaps three of four times.  In order to acclimatize properly, mountaineers use a strategy of “Climb High, Sleep Low.”  … Continue reading

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Down River

Happy US Thanksgiving!   As I look forward to this week, where my friends south of the 49th parallel will be celebrating Thanksgiving, I am thankful that last week went as well as it could have and that Marian came … Continue reading

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With Glowing Heart

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!   The title of one of the many books I read a book in grad school stayed with me over the years: “We Make the Road by Walking” because it so aptly describes the unfolding … Continue reading

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The Deep Well

Good Morning to All,   The early morning, early winter light is draping the South Side Hills in a gentle blanket of rose taffeta.  As I glance out the window, my gaze lowers to the delightfully delicate blossoms on our … Continue reading

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They Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease–Not!

Bunny, Bunny! Somewhere along the way I learned that the first thing we should say on the morning of a new month is “Bunny, Bunny,” so it seemed like an apt greeting for today.  Welcome back to standard time for … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to All,   I’m back sitting in my chair.  Last Sunday I sat in a different chair, beside my dad in his hospital room in Edmonton.  He gave us all quite a scare but is doing much better … Continue reading

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Choosing the Mountain

Happy Autumn or Spring!   We’re having a delightful fall day here with warmth, sunshine, and the full possibilities that harvest season brings.  Sitting here in my favourite chair sipping on mint tea taken from our deck garden boxes, roasting … Continue reading

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Climbing Gros Morne

Greetings from Gros Morne, Some dreams take longer to percolate than others. I had hoped to ascend Gros Morne as part of the Long Range Traverse in 1996 but there were no transmitters available so we were limited to camping … Continue reading

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Mountain of Learning

September is the month of starting again. In the Northern Hemisphere it’s a time of back to school with all the excitement and anxiety of a new school, new grade, new teacher. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s a time of … Continue reading

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Momentum: Bodies in Motion

>Howdy, Sitting here typing with blue stained finger tips having picked and processed 15 litres of blueberries. Marian, Nolan, and I had a fine time wondering through the Tilton Barrens on a dual mission of checking out an orienteering map … Continue reading

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Climbing Everest, I Learned at Firefighter Camp

Hello to All, After a full and intense week, it’s good to sit a spell and reflect on all the rich lessons I received this week. In the course of my climbing training, I’ve opted to pursue “Ring of Fire” … Continue reading

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Flash Rust

Howdy, Catching a few minutes pause between coats of rust-inhibiting paint on our old claw foot tub. It got moved out on the deck on Friday and I’ve had intimate lessons in the concept of flash rust. Basically, one shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Laying the Foundation

Happy 214th Day of the Year, How did it get to be August? How did it get to be Sunday evening? It was another rich week of settling back into post-mountain life both looking back and looking ahead. It seems … Continue reading

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Mountains and Motorcycles

Happy Tely Ten Day to All, On the last Sunday of every July, a growing number of people find their way to Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador to walk, run, and roll their way ten miles (16 km) to the finish … Continue reading

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Step by Step

Greetings to All, Thanks to all who jumped aboard my Facebook Group!  (http://bit.ly/TAEverest2010) For those that don’t do Facebook, have no worries, I’ll continue to send out weekly updates via email as well!  I backpacked to the summit of the … Continue reading

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Back from the Land of Many Layers

Greetings from Early May, It’s always a rough transition from sleeping outdoors at length to moving back indoors and this time is no exception. There comes such a grounding from rising with the sun and sleeping with the arrival of … Continue reading

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A Rapid Transition

Hi this is TA calling in from the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. We came off the river yesterday; we had a most wonderful last morning of floating down the last few rapids and didn’t want to get … Continue reading

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Down River

Hi this is TA calling in from Phantom Ranch on day seven of our rafting trip. It has been a pretty amazing adventure so far we have had lots of up canyon winds and some interesting GI track stuff going … Continue reading

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Hop A Long to the Grand Canyon

Every journey is filled with moments that range from doubt to elation, especially healing journeys. As I rolled over in bed this morning, causing searing pain in my injured limb, I asked myself, “What are you doing going to Arizona … Continue reading

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New Views

Howdy, Happy three months to my birthday day. I’m a few days late in writing this but it’s been a rollercoaster weeks of intense highs and lows and I’m tried to take inspiration and meaning from both. I flew out … Continue reading

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Back from the Polar Realm

Good Morning on the Ides of March, I can’t believe a week has gone by since I finished my polar training program. My apologies to those I had worried by my silence–I came home with a wicked case of carpal … Continue reading

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Sleds, Kites, and Everything 63 Degrees Longitude

A week of learning about polar life and travel has already passed and tomorrow we head out to test our new skills and knowledge for real on a seven-day expedition in minus 30 C temperatures. During our initiation phase, we’ve … Continue reading

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On the Cusp of an Arctic Adventure!

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to All, I missed writing last week because doing three overnights with students in three weekends in a row challenged even my time management skills. Despite a winter of low snow (until this week where we … Continue reading

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Looking at Winter

Howdy, It’s been another full week and I don’t even know where to begin. This afternoon, the Grand Canyon hiking group completed four ascents of Signal Hill. We are building up our uphill walking with moderately loaded packs. We’ll increase … Continue reading

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Storming Norming

Greetings from a Stormy Sunday, I woke up in a warm bed this morning instead of tucked into my sleeping bag. We’ve got 15 centimetres of snow down with more on the way. Last night I had to make the … Continue reading

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Learning from the Monster

The major learning of this week came in a much more intimate understanding of friction coefficients. You see, when you drag tire and its rim up Signal Hill, you are aware of every nuance of slope, snow, and ice. You … Continue reading

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Happy New Year to All!

Greetings from a snowy Sunday evening. After an adventurous holiday season, I’m back in my chair and ready to be a more regular blogger for the next while. After a fun visit with my family, Marian and I headed south … Continue reading

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The Hemoglobin is Definitely Gone

Greetings on the Cusp of December, When I thought about writing you last week, I would have entitled the update, “The hemoglobin is gone.” Since I didn’t get it together last week, as I skated on the ice this week, … Continue reading

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