Tag Archives: 2011

Vinson Massif: Team moves uphill

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 06, 2011 Elevation: 9,500′ Another day of storm, as predicted and expected. But it seemed as … Continue reading

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Vinson Visual Lojong #8: When the world is filled with evil, Transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi

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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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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Vinson Visual Lojong #7: Don’t try to be the fastest

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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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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Vinson Massif: Team arrives at base camp

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′ Dave Hahn called from Vinson Base Camp early this morning after the … Continue reading

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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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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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The safe ate my laptop

Hello from The End of the World (as they call it here) This will be a shorter than usual update as I’m finger typing it on my ipod. Why? Because the room safe is holding my laptop hostage. They are … 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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Travel bardo, lots of light and doing as the Chileans

Greetings from SCL, Santiago International Airport for all those who don’t memorize airport codes for fun. I introduced Bobble Head Ted the the wonderful suitcase sculpture here in the Santiago Airport…made from “left luggage” I imagine it’s what baggage handlers … Continue reading

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At the Airport (YYT)

It was supposed to be a vanilla dip but alas travel and adventure and climbing requires an ability to adapt to changing conditions so bring on the Boston Creme! At the airport, after a wonderful afternoon with the my sweetie, … 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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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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Visual Soliloquy #394 To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom…

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. – Bertrand Russell

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Antarctica Countdown 2 Days and Counting: All My Bags are Packed

The bags are packed! How did I ever get packed for expeditions in the past before the lovely and talented Marian was in my life? It’s so helpful to have her to bounce ideas off of and she keeps me … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #393 Live out of your imagination…

Live out of your imagination, not your history. – Stephen Covey

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Antartica Countdown 3 Days and Counting: More Layers

First off, congrats to the RMI Team One who summited today. I hope to be following in their footsteps in two weeks or so. They had terrific weather and made good time. Lots of layers of experiences today including practicing … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #392 We are all in the gutter…

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde

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Antarctica Countdown 4 Days and Counting: Layers upon Layers…

For today’s update, I thought I would take you through some of the specific gear items I’m taking to Antarctica along with some fun facts about them. In cold environments, layers are key. When it is super cold or we’re … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #391 At times, challenges hit with the force of a roaring, rushing waterfall. The true test, however, is…

At times, challenges hit with the force of a roaring, rushing waterfall. The true test, however, is whether you can put your arms up and enjoy the feel of the water. ~Aviva Kaufman

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Antarctica Countdown 5 Days and Counting: Thankful for a Snow Day

The snow came without wind this time so the house did not shimmy or shutter like it often does during a winter storm. Perhaps this one, the first one of the season, want to creep in unannounced. When I first … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #390 The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt…

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Snow Day II

Five days out from departure for Antarctica and you get a snow day…improvise!  Building on last year’s snow day video, here’s the sequel! Here’s the original:

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Antarctica Countdown 6 Days and Counting: Goldilocks Says I’m “Tire-d”

When your day starts with a view like this, even if you are dragging a 45 pound tire behind you, it’s going to be a good one. Natelle and I were out pre-sunrise on “The Hill” making sure I got … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #389 Problems are messages…

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Antarctica Countdown 7 Days and Counting: A Tale of Two Piles

Short and sweet… Pile One: Wonderfully joyous piles of gorgeous Xander T-shirts awaiting sorting and delivery (23 T-shirts still need homes-email me for sizes and colours still available.) Pile Two: Wonderfully joyous piles of warm and useful Antarctic gear awaiting … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #388 Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars…

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Visual Soliloquy #387 Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave…

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.

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Antarctica Countdown 8 Days and Counting: The Lunch Bunch

Let me begin by offering congratulations to three key folks in my life. First, a big wahoo goes out to Xander for scoring a goal in the top left corner from the point! Way seriously cool. Second, a big shout-out … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #386 The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one…

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Antarctica Countdown 9 Days and Counting: Close Call and Getting Closer

I had a close call with injury during a Friday night hockey league game. I lost an edge and crashed hard into the boards and onto the ice. The player checking me also went down and landed right on top … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #385 You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time…

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Visual Soliloquy #384 I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief…

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Antarctica Countdown 11 Days and Counting: From Soup to Nuts

When we first designing my webpage, we were throwing around various URL’s to use; the first we used was “TA climbs Denali.” We then went onto “Adventures that Move.” Eventually, we settled on the now ubiquitous “taloeffler.com.” The one that … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 12 Days and Counting: My New Rayne Coat

A package arrived from RMI (my Vinson outfitter) yesterday…”Wahoo a prezzie from the outfitter,” I exclaimed. Even before I opened it, I said “I hope it’s not pink.” Marian just about split a gut when I pulled out a very … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #383 I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal…

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