Category Archives: Logan

Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:60.60307 Longitude:-140.82047 GPS location Date/Time:05/04/2015 23:32:33 NDT Message:Mission 5959: TA is carrying our dreams to the summit of Canada. See below for TA’s location on Mount Logan. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/NFvS7/60.60307N/140.82047W If … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing Mt. Logan Day 2 It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live…

Mission 5959 Game Plan and Weather: Fly to Base Camp on Quintina Sella Glacier.  Establish base camp at approx 2,800 meters.  Check the weather here and here. Mission 5959 Dreams Quote of the Day: It does not do to dwell … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:60.60305 Longitude:-140.82047 GPS location Date/Time:05/04/2015 02:53:59 NDT Message:Mission 5959: TA is carrying our dreams to the summit of Canada. See below for TA’s location on Mount Logan. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/NEv69/60.60305N/140.82047W If … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing Mt. Logan Day 1 Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…

Mission 5959 Game Plan and Weather: Arrive in Whitehorse and meet the climbing team. Full briefing, update on conditions and review gear. Afternoon drive to Kluane Lake. Sleep at 800 meters elevation.  Check the weather forecast here. Mission 5959 Dreams … Continue reading

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Departing for Mission 5959: Carrying Dreams to the Summit of Canada

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ― Eleanor Roosevelt I am leaving today for Mission 5959…climbing Mount Logan, highest peak in Canada, in Yukon territory. Since climbing Denali, North America’s Highest Peak in … Continue reading

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Packing, Collecting Dreams, and a Minion for Jack

Packing and getting out the door to an expedition is always a stressful, rich and full time. Hundreds of decisions and poignant good-byes fill the space between putting gear into piles and then into duffel bags. The to do list … Continue reading

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Calling All Weather Favours: One Week and Counting to Mission 5959

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Mission 5959: Sizing the Skins

After shovelling out for a few hours, Marian and I came in for some lunch and then tackled a few more projects related to gear prep for my Mount Logan trip. My new Intuition Liners had arrived and it was … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Boot and Ski Tuning

Doesn’t everyone use their kitchen as a ski workshop? Finally cleared some time this weekend to do some boot fitting/liner moulding/learn new ski bindings kind of stuff. Because my team is climbing most of the way up Mount Logan on … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing to the Summit of Canada with 5959 Dreams

On this 50th Anniversary of the raising of the Canadian Maple Leaf Flag, it seems fitting to officially announce my next climb. I will be climbing Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak in May 2015. Mount Logan (5959 metres), located in … Continue reading

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Checking in on Everest 3.0

As some of you will remember, I made a list of experiences that I wanted to complete/experience before going back for a third attempt at Everest. Since that February day two years ago, I have been plugging away at that … Continue reading

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Plan B Toques: Logan No More

I’d been waiting about a month for the email that arrived last night to arrive. It would confirm that a disappointment was in the cards. That an entire year of planning and scheduling and scheming and training would come to … Continue reading

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Getting a Good Fit

Marian and I have new liners for our plastic mountaineering boots. They are heat mouldable ones from Intuition. We hear they are fabulous and worth the investment as they can be form fitted, are very warm, and are very comfortable. … Continue reading

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What a Day on the Hill

What a day we were treated to yesterday! Five degrees and sunny to start the day. A real treat for a training load of six Signal Hills. Our first climb felt “too hot” with the glorious sun beating down. Add … Continue reading

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From the classroom to a snow shelter: Students take what they learn about winter outside for the night

By Michelle Osmond Kelly, a Halifax native with not much camping experience, had a few things going against her. She’s scared of the dark, hates the cold, doesn’t like enclosed spaces (including sleeping bags), has a fear of being suffocated … Continue reading

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Fire up your Heart: Prayer Flags of Inspiration

My office has new decorations thanks to the Grade Four students at Holy Trinity School in Torbay. I presented the challenges and rewards of being an explorer to some of the Grade Four classes there. They listened attentively and then … Continue reading

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Finding your Everest: An interview with the Huddle

This is an interview I did with Aerin Guy of the The Huddle, an online community for physical educators. Huddlers, have I got a treat for you! In advance of the upcoming PESIC Conference in Corner Brook, Newfoundland next week, … Continue reading

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Live Life to its Fullest, Live the Life you Love, Love the Life you Live

There is a special bond that comes with sharing a tent with on a high altitude mountain with someone. You sleep close to another. You pee in your pee bottle next to them. They smell you. You smell them. You … Continue reading

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From Ferries to Pancakes

I had a grand adventure this morning heading off to Bell Island to speak at St. Michael’s Regional High School. I had to be up much earlier than usual to ensure I caught the ferry. The sunrise was spectacular and … Continue reading

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From Snow Huts to Medals to Ripples in the Pond

Thursday I awoke deep in the woods of Pippy Park. My HKR 4210 students has successfully survived their nights in “snowballs” or quinzhees as they are more formally known. I was very proud of the students’ efforts in putting all … Continue reading

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I Love Questions about Climbing

Hello to the Grade Fours at Amherst Cove Consolidated School in Bourden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island. Thanks for all your great questions. Here are my answers. 1). Describe your climb to Mount Everest. My climb to Mount Everest was awesome. I … 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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May the Joy of the Season Surround You

May the joys of the season surround you and your loved ones, enjoy sharing time and company and wishing all the very best in 2013.

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Home Court Advantage: TA’s Climbing Canada’s Highest Peak, Mount Logan, in June 2013

Having had the privilege of climbing on all seven continents over the past eight years, I thought it was finally time to claim “home court advantage” and take on the challenge of climbing Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. At an … Continue reading

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Mount Logan Videos

I often seek out videos on You Tube and other sites as a way to preview and visualize the mountain I am about to climb.  I study the route and land marks as well as what the climbers are wearing … Continue reading

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Training Plan for Mera, Island, and Logan

Starting to map out the training plan for my spring climbs of Mera peak, Island Peak, and Mount Logan. It’s good to have it take shape and it starts right now this week. Logan has a 10-15 hour summit day … Continue reading

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