Category Archives: Life

A Book Birth Announcement: The Get-Outside Guide to Winter Activities

It’s a book birth announcement. It weighs 14.7 ounces & after 2 years gestation, it is wonderful to finally hold it! It just arrived from the publisher and it’s beautiful. The book, a collobaration with Andrew Foran and Kevin Redmond, … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Out of the Fog, Flights to Nowhere, and Seeing the Mountain Blush

It’s been a foggy day here. Reminiscent of many other foggy days. One in particular, where I had a flight to Halifax. We took off in fog and flew almost all the way to Halifax but couldn’t land. We turned … Continue reading

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Five Peak Challenge Complete

Today we completed our “Five Peak Challenge”. We climbed to the highest peak of each country of the United Kingdom and Ireland. It’s been an awesome trip of climbing and road tripping. We’ve climbed the equivalent of about 35 Signal … Continue reading

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Arms Wide Open and Other Lessons I Learned from Jim

Jim Price lived his life with his arms wide open. He met everyone and every experience with a grand hug, a broad smile, and twinkle in his eye. You always knew the moment Jim arrived at any gathering. The energy … Continue reading

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Snow in St. John’s as my Teacher: Life (and Snow) is Precious

The week of Valentine’s Day moves many of us to express our love to those near and dear to us. As well, this week, with our wonderful 45 cm snow fall, had me professing my love for snow days! Today, … Continue reading

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12 Reasons Why I Love Snow Days!

My apologies to all the snow haters but I LOVE snow days and and here’s why… 1) Snow days are like winning the time lottery. They provide an unexpected respite from “life all scheduled” and allow for fun things like … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Xander!

Happy Birthday Xander Man!!! You are growing up so fast!  Happy Birthday from the Great Himalaya Trail.  We’ll try to reach you via satellite phone but in case we don’t…Have fun celebrating and… Happy Birthday!  

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Fellowed

The current edition of Canadian Geographic magazine arrived today and look who I found…there are advantages to having a wardrobe in bright primary and secondary colours! This picture is from the Annual General Meeting of the Fellows of the Canadian … Continue reading

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Out with the Old, In with the New

My last post of 2013. I think it’s only natural to reflect on the old year on New Year’s Eve in order to get ready to welcome the new year. Even Word Press sent me an invitation to reflect by … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All and to All a Goodnight (in a tent)!

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The View from Here

I’ve been on the road for a week or so traveling to the Association for Experiential Education conference in Denver as well as The Leader Within Leadership Retreat at Bishop’s University. The week has been filled with reflection and spending … Continue reading

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Hello Association of Experiential Education

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Dreaming in Public

I remember, after returning from my climb on Everest in 2010, doing a presentation and referring to my position as a “public dreamer” or as someone who shares her dreams in public. With the advent of social media, we are … Continue reading

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Happy Oma’s Day

A year has passed since Oma’s Independence Day…a year of missing her and appreciating her and wishing I could still call her on the phone for a dear chat and a laugh. Sometimes I couldn’t believe the chats we had … 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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Ski Lift Pass Life

Last weekend I got to downhill ski at Marble Mountain in western Newfoundland and Labrador. I usually only get out on the boards once or twice a season so I cherish every moment on the hill, when for once, I’m … Continue reading

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What Mountains Teach us About Citizenship: A Tedx Talk

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Winter Joys

Finally enough snow to get out and enjoy winter!

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Snow Day 6 a.k.a. How I cleared the Back Door

Sometimes mountain skills come in handy in the urban setting…when we couldn’t get out the back door off the kitchen, what’s a climber to do?  Climb…here’s a bit of Go Pro fun from yesterday snow day…now that the power is … Continue reading

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Use Vitamin N to Increase The Benefits of Physical Activity

Want to maximize your work-out?  Take it outside…a growing body of research is showing that you will work harder, enjoy it more, de-stress, and stick with it longer if you get some Vitamin N.  Below are links to some recent … Continue reading

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Waiting For Doyle

When filled to the brim with excitement for the new Republic of Doyle Season premiere tonight, what’s a girl to do to manage all that energy?  Go and do the four Signal Hills you promised to Allan Hawco (and 22,000 … Continue reading

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In the Versatility of Wanderlust

In the versatility of wanderlust There lies the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious of adventure Of life, Of love, Of Omas round the world So filled with kindness And the courage to nurture excellence towards the summit. Can I Live? Can I Aspire? Can … Continue reading

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Please Buy Your Daughter* a Used Toaster

Dear Fathers of Daughters*, OK…not nearly inclusive enough. Let me try again. Dear Fathers, Mothers, Grandparents, Fosterers and Caregivers, Aunts, Uncles, Teachers, Neighbours, and all other important folks in girls’ lives, OK…better…perhaps easier said with Dear Significant Adult Persons…(SAPs) Dear … Continue reading

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Orizaba for Oma

I often announce my next climb with a guessing game. It’s pretty fun and I’ve enjoyed having folks become detectives to decipher my clues. My summer’s been pretty tough, filled with grief in losing my precious Oma and having a … Continue reading

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Blossom of Snow May You Bloom and Grow

Luther Burbank said that, “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” As I look and see the pink carnations here, I can’t help but think of Oma Frida as … Continue reading

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Which Book Would You Choose?

Let’s just say, hypothetically, that you were going a long, hard expedition in a remote place and you could take along just ONE book to read…it is your only entertainment, information, and inspiration for over 30 days…which book would it … Continue reading

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Hot Sauce Quiz

As we sat down to have our Newfoundland fish cakes tonight for supper, I realized we had sauce options from four different countries on the table as possible condiments. The four bottles were from four trips to do four climbs…can … Continue reading

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You Go Girl

I love this clip.  It speaks volumes of what it is like to be on the precipice of a new experience, wanting to let go and let the skis ride, and the challenge of doing that.  A brave nine year … Continue reading

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Surfing Lessons for a Strong Life

We had our first surfing lesson today. Jason, who could easily be a stand in for a Greek statue, picked us up and sped us off to what he called one of the world’s finest surfing beaches for beginners. A … Continue reading

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The Sweet Discombobulation of Travel

I love being sent back to kindergarden where every moment is filled with learning and new ways of doing and seeing things. As we landed today in Barbados, my senses were set to high alert and I couldn’t contain my … Continue reading

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Every Moment is New

We woke up yesterday and looked up towards Signal Hill and noticed a strange new cross looking item plastered to the side of the hill. We knew it was new and knew it must not have been there long and … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

A Mountain of Merry Christmas Wishes to You and Yours.  Wishing you peace, love, and contentment in the 2012 (with a liberal sprinkling of challenge and adventure)

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Paying it Forward…The Liebster Blog Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award thanks to Marjon at moment2smile.   It is great to have some new folks visit my blog, especially on the eve of an exciting climb. From what I understand, the idea behind … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 81 Days and Counting: “I’m Getting Better”

Monty Python fans will remember the line from the scene where the town cryer calls out, “Bring out your dead” and the one guy being carried, thought for dead, says “I’m feeling better!” That’s me today with workout five under … Continue reading

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On the Eddy Line

September is always a transition month…from summer to fall, vacation to school, summer camp back to work…and now, for me, from the wilds of Labrador to the clamor of the city. I always hated coming home from camp after spending … Continue reading

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Got friluftsliv?

This is a follow up article from my recent trip to Denmark and France.  I love that the picture caption makes it seem as though Denmark’s highest point is the birthplace of modern alpinism. via The Gazette | Got friluftsliv?.

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Team WHOOSH at the Easter Seals Drop Zone 2011

I had the great pleasure of participating in the Easter Seals Drop Zone 2011 fundraising campaign with friends, Sheilagh O’Leary and Danielle Irvine (a.k.a. Xena and the Casting Fairy). When I first signed on, I decided to see how many … Continue reading

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Making A Mountain out of a Molehill: A “Climb” of Denmark’s Highest Peak

Mountaineering is never far removed from controversies of style, ethics, and access. Denmark’s Mollehoj is no exception. It was only crowned Denmark’s highest “natural” point in 2005 when re-measurement and disqualification of ancient burial mounds gave it, the five centimeters … Continue reading

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Slack Line, Beginner’s Mind

After 22 out 24 days of rain in St. John’s, the sun finally graced our presence for the Canada Day long weekend.  After a month of waiting, we could finally try out our new slack line.  Slack lining involves learning … Continue reading

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A Time in Twillingate

Twillingate is a great choice for a long weekend get-a-way. Trading the city for an idyllic island is an invitation for all kinds of adventure. Leaving after work on Friday, the 4.5 hour drive zoomed by and we were welcomed … Continue reading

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