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Vinson Visual Lojong #6: Abandon all hope of fruition

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #5: Work with the greatest defilements first

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif: Departure for Antarctica

Here is the latest update about TA’s team Hello from Punta Arenas, We had the call this morning that we were on standby for our flight. Union Glacier was cloudy, but the report was that the weather was starting to … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #4: Be grateful to everyone

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #3: Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #2: Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #1: First, train in the preliminaries

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist mind training practice based on a set of 59 slogans first formulated in the 12th century. For most of my climbs, my Buddhist mentor (or “Buddhist Personal Trainer” as I like to call her) prepares … Continue reading

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Vinson Massif Press Release

November 27, 2011 For Immediate Release: TA LOEFFLER HEADS TO ANTARCTICA FOR NUMBER SIX TA Loeffler departs St. John’s for Puenta Arenas, Chile on Tuesday November 29. Once there, she will meet her teammates and prepare for the flight to … Continue reading

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Help TA Get to Mount Vinson in Antarctica

TA invites you to purchase a limited edition Mount Vinson fundraising T-shirt.  To simplify life, love, and the pursuit of penguins, the t-shirts will be offered on a pre-order only basis.  Please email TA with your order with “T-SHIRT ORDER” … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 46 Days and Counting: Introducing Vinson Massif

Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica is located at 78°35’S, 85°25’W.  It is truly massive at 21 km long and 13 km wide.  It lies in the central part of the “comma tail” (my description) where the tail meets … Continue reading

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Mount Vinson or Bust (and Bust)

Every spring since 2005, I’ve scrutinized all of the major climbing outfitters websites looking at their Mount Vinson offerings. And every spring, summer, and fall since then as well, I’ve decided that Mount Vinson’s mountain of a price tag was … Continue reading

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TA’s Guide to the Winter Wonderverse

I’m on a mission to help people fall in love with winter. Tall order. I know winter makes so many folks’ lives so much more difficult and filled with barriers, so I continue to advocate for sidewalk snow clearing, winter … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Clothing

Quote of the Day: “It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks” –Unknown Did You Know? Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa, got married on top of the … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Famous Explorers

Quote of the Day: “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss Did you Know?  The first attempt to summit mount Everest was in 1922 however no one actually summited until 1953 Suggested … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Where is the World is TA?

Quote of the Day: “Life is like a mountain, hard to climb, but worth the amazing view from the top” – Unknown Did You Know?  Mount Everest is made from shale, limestone and marble. Activity Suggestion: Where in the World … Continue reading

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Fluffy Chicken Suit, Experiential Education, and Meaningful Work

It’s midweek of midterm break. Today is the first day in awhile that I’ve had to pause and reflect. I’ve been doing a number of community engagement events over the past week, and although I love them, they make days … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1234 Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad…

Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad. —Anonymous Today is a very special Visual Soliloquy. 1234. At one point, I thought I would stop doing them at this number. But I won’t. I’m still enjoying doing them too … Continue reading

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Loca-venturing: Snowshoeing the Old DND Fence in Pippy Park

Local = adjective: belonging or relating to a particular area or neighbourhood Adventuring = verb: engage in hazardous and exciting activity, esp. the exploration of unknown territory. Loca-Venturing = verb: combination of local + adventuring To explore unknown territory 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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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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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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MUN Today: HKR professor takes teachable moments to a whole new level

By Michelle Osmond (MUN Today May 31, 2012) “Imagine looking out at vistas of only white and blue with a horizon line that parts only these two colours and that you ski toward for days at a time.” This is … Continue reading

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Greenland Redux Number Three: Delivering a Polar Bear

I delivered a polar bear this week. Albeit a relatively small one. Without much bite and with lots of soft fur to a Grade Four class at Bishop Abraham School in St. John’s. This group of explorers in training under … Continue reading

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Greenland Redux Number Two: Climbing Gunnbjørn Fjeld

It’s hard to believe that two weeks have already passed from the day my team and I stood atop Greenland’s and the Arctic’s Highest Peak. “Real life” tends to welcome you home with a vengeance and all those tasks thoughtfully … Continue reading

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Packing, Sewing, Charging

The gift of a late March snow storm is that is prompts one to stay home and attend to one’s packing chores. Marian and I spent much of today doing Greenland prep chores. I don’t know how I ever managed … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #415: I’m still a kid inside, and adventure is adventure wherever you find it…

I’m still a kid inside, and adventure is adventure wherever you find it. –Jim Dale

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Visual Soliloquy #404: If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you…

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.–Rene Descartes

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Local university prof climbs highest mountain in Antarctica; Everest next goal – Local – The Telegram

Local university prof climbs highest mountain in Antarctica; Everest next goal – Local – The Telegram. After successfully climbing Antarctica’s highest peak in December, Memorial University professor TA Loeffler is just one mountain short of conquering all seven summits — … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #402: Leap, and the net will appear…

Leap, and the net will appear. – Julie Cameron

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Happy New Year 2012

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. –Marian Wright Edelman My … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #401: Courage is knowing what not to fear…

Courage is knowing what not to fear. – Plato

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Visual Soliloquy #400: When everything seems to be going against you…

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

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Visual Soliloquy #399: If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun…

If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun. – Katherine Hepburn

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Visual Soliloquy #398: Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain…

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain

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Visual Soliloquy #397: An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory…

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #396: Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster…

Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster. – Anne Wilson Schaef

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Dave and team carry supplies amidst the storm

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 05, 2011 The storm rages on. When we could catch a glimpse of the Vinson Massif … Continue reading

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Reviewing and sorting while waiting for weather

Here is the latest update from TA’s team who are climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson right now: Posted by: Dave Hahn | December 04, 2011 Elevation: 7,200′ It turned out to be a lucky thing we flew into Vinson … Continue reading

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Hurry Up and Wait

Leaving St. John’s in the dead of dark winter and arriving to Punta Arenas in late spring is quite a transition. The evening light fools all of us in staying up too late and the morning sunrise gets us up … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 1 Day and Counting: Merry Adventure Eve

Merry Adventure Eve. One Sleep. The countdown is over. I leave tomorrow at 5:00 pm to start flying towards Southern Chile. I fly from YYT to Toronto to Santiago to Puenta Arenas then pause for a few days and then … Continue reading

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