TA’s Adventures

TA standing with arms raised overlooking the Labrador Sea from a high viewpointTA loves to share expeditions with schools and the community in engaging ways. Recently, TA completed her sixth paddling expedition in Labrador.  This expedition was called the River with Two Names.

In April 2019, TA completed another section of the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal–an expedition called Pretty Big Walk.  For 90 days in 2018, TA paddled 3080 km between Jasper, Alberta and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories on an expedition entitled Paddling North.  In 2016, TA paddled 200 kilometres of the northern Nunatsiavut Labrador coastline and met her first polar bear on the Paddle 2 Peaks expedition.  In 2015, TA climbed nine volcanoes and El Salvador’s Highest Peak during Volcanopalooza and paddled 210 kilometres from Lake Shipiskan to the sea along the Kanairiktok River in Labrador.  TA completed a Great Big Walk across 750 km of the High Himalaya of Nepal during the spring of 2014.

In September 2013, TA stood on the highest point in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal. In April 2012, TA  skied 275 kilometres across unexplored Greenland and climbed the Arctic’s highest peak, Gunnbjørn Fjeld.  In December of 2011, TA climbed Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.

Here are some of the “Highest Point Lists” that TA is working towards completing.  Click on the dates to read her training blog and dispatches from these climbs.

Seven Summits Continent Altitude Attempts Summit
Everest Asia 8848 2007, 2010, 2016
Aconcagua S. America 6962 Dec. 2006
Denali N. America 6193 June 2005
Kilimanjaro Africa 5892 June 2008
Elbrus Europe 5642 2006 July 2009
Vinson Antarctica 4897  Dec. 2011
Kosciuszko Australia 2228 Oct. 2009
Country High Points Country Altitude Attempts Summit
Everest Nepal, Tibet 8848 2007, 2010
Aconcagua Argentina 6962 Dec. 2006
Ojos de Salado Chile 6893 2007
Denali USA 6193 June 2005
Kilimanjaro Tanzania 5892 June 2008
Elbrus Russia 5642 2006 July 2009
Orizaba Mexico 5636 2012
Mont Blanc France 4810 2011
Tajumulco Guatemala 4220 Dec. 2010
Jebel Toukbal Morocco 4167 Sept. 2013
Mount Cook New Zealand 3754 2013
Gunnbjørn Fjeld Greenland 3694 May 2012
Nyangani Zimbabwe 2592 Oct. 2001
Kosciuszko Australia 2228 Oct. 2009
Hvannadalshnúkur Iceland 2110 2011, 2017
Hillaby Barbados 340 Feb. 2012
Møllehøj Denmark 170.86 July 2011

35 Responses to TA’s Adventures

  1. Samantha Morey says:

    Hii TA! I’m a 15 year old girl from central Newfoundland. I heard you speak at the leadership summit in Grand Falls in 2010. Your story inspired me and when i leave my high school I am going to be a high school Phys. Ed. teacher. I want to make an impact on peoples lives the way you have. Maybe someday I’ll be attempting Everest.. who knoes haha.
    Thanks for what you do.. you are a true inspiration and an amazing role model.
    Sam. 🙂

    • TA Loeffler says:

      Hi Sam,
      Thanks for making my day. Thanks as well for taking the time to look up my website and make a comment. Just today I was in a high school in Avondale and so enjoyed talking to the students there about the importance of having big dreams and big goals. Glad to hear you’re aiming to become a PE teacher-that means if you come to Memorial I may get to be your instructor there. Keep me posted as your path unfolds. TA

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi TA
    I would love to be like you one day my dream is to be a famous singer. I am a 9 year old girl i sing dance and i also play guitar. i want to be kind of famous because i don’t want to not be able to go outside.
    Tara follett

    • TA Loeffler says:

      Thanks for writing and saying hello. I’m glad you have big dreams and big goals. That’s great that you can sing, dance and play guitar. Keep practicing and enjoying all that music. I love music and I’m glad you are making some! TA

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi TA,
    I am a 9 years old.l would love to be famious just like you.My dream is to be a dolphin trainer at seaworld,Oralando Florida.l herd you are comeing to my school this month l can’t wait for you to come and tell us all about your journeys.l can’t wait to see you TA 🙂


  4. Anonymous says:

    hi TA
    this is tara again i just wanted to thank for writing me back.i really thought that you wouldn’t write me back in like a week or so because of your schedule.once in June i went to Gander with my family it was raining the whole entirer time.

  5. Kiona says:

    Hi TA,
    I am so glad that you are coming to my school St.Teresa’s. I am so excited to meet you. I am a 9 yr old girl and i have big dreams and big goals. My dreams are to be a famous dancer, a dolphin trainer and to meet a person like you. I know to never give up on my dreams, and i learned that from you. I think that when I get to do my dreams that I will think about you and how you never gave up!!!

    From: Kiona Conway

    • TA Loeffler says:

      I’m sitting beside the ocean in Barbados and picturing you training dolphins one day and that makes me smile. I’m glad you believe in yourself and you’ll go after your dreams.

  6. brianna says:

    hello Miss TA,
    I am a big fan of yours. I am a 9 year old girl named Brianna.I love art and i like to sing and dance.You are a great role model too me.Me and my class will be so happy to see you and hear about your adventures.Do you think you will finish mount Everest. I really hope you do.
    Brianna 🙂

    • TA Loeffler says:

      I hope we can reschedule my visit to your school. I do love the snow but hate when in gets in the way of meeting great kids like you. I sure hope I get to the top of Mount Everest one day too! Keep singing and dancing!

  7. kiona says:

    Thank you so much for replying. I can’t wait to hear about your exploration when you come to my school and i will follow my dreams!!!
    PS:I hope that you will get to the top of mount everest.
    From: Kiona.c

  8. ashley says:

    hi TA
    i am a 9 year old girl and my dream is to be a dolphin trainer at Seaworld,Oralando Florida i herd you are coming to my school this month i go to st.Teresas i hope you can reschedule i hope to see you soon


    • TA Loeffler says:

      Hi Ashley,
      That’s an exciting dream to work with dolphins. I love dolphins. I saw some once swimming in the bow wave of the boat I was on. Keep working hard to learn lots about science. Hope to see you at your school soon.

  9. ashley says:

    thanks for replying im in a rush to get to school i love dolphins see you soon

    Ashley 🙂

  10. beth says:

    Dear Ta
    My name is Beth. I am a 9 year old and I am looking forword to meeting you because you are coming to my school!! When I grow up I want to be a mountian climber just like you I want to fallow in your foot steps and climb mount Everest the would be the one of the best things that ever happened to me.I know Tara kiona Ashley and Brianna they are girls in my class they are really nice. BYE your friend Beth

    • TA Loeffler says:

      Hi Beth,
      That’s great that you want to climb mountains especially high ones! The world needs more female mountaineers. You’ll want to be active every day and learn lots in physical education class that will help you grow up and become a climber. Have fun.

      • beth says:

        Thank you for replying and all the great information!!!! I agree that we need more female mountain climbers.

  11. ashley says:

    hi ta
    this is ashley im really glad that you like dolphins they are my favorite mammals.i am going to Oralando Florida in may and i might go swimming with dolphins and then i might go see this dolphin that lost her tail she was in the moive dolphin tale

    ashley 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hi T.A ,
    you are an amazing person. I am so glad that you finally came to our school! I was so glad to meet you.
    And im just wondering but what place are you in now.

    From: Kiona.C BYE!!!

  13. Victoria says:

    Hi TA! My name is Victoria, I’m 16 and I’m from Central Newfoundland. I can’t wait to hear you speak this weekend at our Leadership Conference in Gander! I’ll be the girl introducing you! Can’t wait to meet you!

  14. Elena Flannigan Whyte says:

    Hi TA,
    Great pictures, see you soon.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi TA
    My name is lily I love gymnastics and I loved you presentation today inspired me a lot especially The pictures of my Everest

    • TA Loeffler says:

      Hi Lily. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the presentation today. Thanks so much for writing to tell me. Gymnastics is a really good way to work on balance! Everest is a very beautiful mountain.

  16. Edward Quilty says:

    What was the first mountain you climbed

  17. Ellie Stokes says:

    Hi TA! My name is Ellie I am 9 years old. For Social Studies class we are doing a project on explorers. I chose you! I think its cool you climb mountins and your from Newfoundland. I like your photos. I have a question for you why do you like exploring?Also what are some challenges that you go through and what are some positive things from exploring?

    Thanks Ellie

    • TA Loeffler says:

      I like exploring because I am a curious person by nature and I like learning what is around the corner. Positive things from exploring are learning about the world, different cultures, and pushing my limits. Challenges I face are staying healthy while on expeditions, getting strong and fit enough for expedtions and climbs and fundraising for expeditions-they can cost a lot!

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