Category Archives: Ojos

In her reflective post Everest time, TA was moved by the English translation of the Volcano’s name: Eyes of the Spirit. This name invites us to take time to look, to see, and to seek windows unto our spirits. TA looks forward to traveling to the high desert antiplano of Chile.

Making the List: 90 Great Canadian Explorers

I am humbled once again to be recognized by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society by my inclusion in their 90 Greatest Canadian Explorers List. Of course, whenever a list is made, many noteworthy, awesome, & deserving folks are left off … Continue reading

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Chilean Clif Notes and Pictures

Some folks said they were scared off by the length of my last posting so as I make my transition back from the icy heights to the ice of the hockey rink, I thought I would provide a summary version … Continue reading

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Deliriously Happy in Santiago

I’m flying from Copiapo to Santiago, Chilean tunes blaring in my ears, investigating if my laptop will still work after three weeks of environmental punishment, and I am deliriously happy. Perhaps it is the doubling of my oxygen supply since … Continue reading

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News from Chile

Unexpectedly we are in a hotel, a refuge beside the road. The snow drove us to luxury in a simple hacienda instead of camping down the road. We were up at 5:30 am to scale Lascar (5545 metres)-a volcano that … Continue reading

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Hello from Chile 2

Hi All, I have just a brief stop in town before heading out for Lascar base camp this afternoon. Everything is going very well. The trek was fodder for so many memories of canyons and deserts. Acclimatization is coming along. … Continue reading

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Hello from Chile

The warm air of Santiago embraced me like a long seen cousin. Having negotiated the throng of humanity just outside the arrival area, I was scooped up by Alexandro. He introduced me to Vance, one of my teammates and we … Continue reading

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Off to Chile

There is a rich tapestry that forms the foundation of our lives. It is woven from threads of experience coming together to form patterns, textures, and surprises. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget to look for and … Continue reading

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Seven Days and Counting

Another week has flown by and I can’t believe I’m on a seven-day count down to Chile. I enjoyed the rest of my stay in Arkansas and then spent a day in Omaha presenting to a Girl Scout conference. After … Continue reading

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Ducks, Ducks, Ducks

Seventy-five years ago, two duck hunters returned empty-handed from a hunting trip. They had drowned their sorrows with a little too much whiskey, and decided to play a prank by putting their live duck decoys (legal at that time) in … Continue reading

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Happy All Saint’s Boxing Day

It’s the day after, the day after Halloween and I sit marveling (and writing) that the pre-Arkansas to-do list is empty. I board a plane in 6.5 hours. Between now and then, I’ll try to convince my body to make … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

Time seems to have a life of its own these days and moves along faster than the speed of light. I can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner-wasn’t it just yesterday that I was holding Rayne’s hand as a … Continue reading

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Ready for the Summit Push

After several acclimatization forays up and down the Khumbu icefall and Western Cwm, Everest climbers return to base camp to rest and fortify before their final push to the summit. The climbers are nervous, tense, and wondering if all the … Continue reading

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Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight.

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” This is a Japanese proverb that came my way once on a tear-away calendar. Of the 365 sayings that year, this one stuck. As I ran intervals on Signal Hill Tuesday morning and … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving to All,

Funny how it works than when you let go of something, the resulting space allows for it to occur. Just when I said, “I want to do as little training as possible for Chile,” I found it within me to … Continue reading

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A New Expedition: Ojos De Salado!

Happy Dawn of October to All, What a week! It ranged from the summit of celebration to the depths of subterranean suffering. I had hoped to ramp up training as I was only nine weeks away from Ojos but the … Continue reading

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