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Lungta Livyers #6: Stay on the Bus

We wanted to go for a hike. To some trees. So we did some research, found a few blog posts, and knew we needed to get near the Zaisan Memorial to get near the hike’s starting point. One blog post … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #4: This or Something Better

This morning I remarked to Marian, that along with Lojong Slogans, other pithy sayings had been introduced to me and some stick and others don’t. I can’t remember who or where I was introduced to the saying, “This or something … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #3: He said “Yes”

The doctor took a quick look and said, “You’re all good.” I in disbelief said, “Really? Please take a close look.” He looked at both the wrist and incision and said it looks fine that likely only inflammation remains. I … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #2: The Bardo of Kindergarten

One of the joys of travel is that it immediately returns you to kindergarten or toddlerhood. Stripped of the comfort cloak of shared language, everyday tasks take on enormous challenge and adventure, requiring intense observational skills, pointing, and willingness to … Continue reading

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Summer of Hand(s)

I usually mark each summer by the expedition or expeditions that happened that summer. Last summer was the “Polar Bear” expedition to northern Labrador. The summer before was the “Will the plane ever land?” expedition to the Kanairiktok River in … Continue reading

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I’m Always Climbing A Mountain or “How I climb anything is how I climb everything…”

If I said to you that I was following an exercise program with discipline, eating food of the highest nutritional quality, making sure that I’m getting lots of sleep, doing lots of body care, and seeing progress each day, what … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice 2107: More Ice than Fire

It was another full day exploring the sights between Vagnsstaðir and Vik. We spent much of the day marvelling at the ice in all of it’s forms. Glacier tongues, lagoons, and crevasses drew our attention over and over again. I … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 9: Kiruna to Stockholm

Today after our overnight train ride, we will explore Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Did You Know? Volvo, a Swedish company invented the 3-point seat belt system, and instead of patenting it to make their own company a lot more … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 8: Kebnekaise to Nikkolauda to Kiruna

Today we will head out from Kebnekaise Mountain Station to Nikkolauda. There, we will catch a bus that will take us to Kiruna. There, we will catch a train to Stockholm. Did You Know?

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 7: Kebnekaise Climb

. Today is the big day. We will try to make our way to the highest point in Sweden, the summit of Kebnekaise (2099 m.). Did You Know? Haparanda in Sweden, and Tornio in Finland, are so close in proximity … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 6: Kebnekaise Mountain Station

Today we say good-bye to our ski teammates and meet our climbing ones. We’ll do some preparation for our climb of Kebnekaise (2099 m.) as well as rest and make everything ready for the climb. Did You Know? Something that … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 5: Salka-Kebnekaise

This will be an exciting day as we will see Kebnekaise (2099 m.), Sweden’s highest peak, for the first time. We will be trying to spot the route up that we will use when climbing the peak. Today we ski … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 4: Tjakta-Salka

Today the rhythms of our ski days should be set as we make way from Tjakta mountain hut to Salka mountain hut. Did You Know? In Sweden, the traditional Christmas visitor is the “nisse” or “gnome”, a short, good-humoured sprite … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 3: Alesjaure-Tjakta

Today we ski from Alesjaure mountain hut to Tjakta mountain hut. The huts were are using are maintained by the Swedish Tourism Association and help make the Swedish outdoors more accessible to everyone. Did You Know? “Lagom” is an important … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 2: Abiskojaure-Alesjaure

Today’s plan is to ski from Abisko.jaure-Alesjaure. We are learning all about the Letter “A” Did You Know? Between 300,000 and 400,000 moose (“Alces alces”) roam the Swedish woods. The moose is also considered the most dangerous animal in Sweden. … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 1: Abisko Mountain Station-Abiskojaure

Today’s plan is to ski from Abisko Mountain Station to Abiskojaure mountain hut. It will be our first day out so we must take very good care of our feet since they will be adapting to the large volume of … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice 2017: Our Ski Route…

This map shows our entire ski route from Abisko to Kebnekaise and then finishing in Nikkaluokta.  We will be carrying some of our food supplies in our backpacks and acquiring some items along the way.  Out backpacks will weight between … Continue reading

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A Invitation to Fire & Ice 2017

Marian and I are off on another adventure and we’d like to invite you to come along. We are calling the expedition, “Fire and ice 2017” and we’re off to points north of here in Sweden and Iceland. The name … Continue reading

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In Honour of Michael Beecher Smith 4/27/2007

With today being Bell’s Let’s Talk day, I’m thinking of Michael and his family. He is dearly missed by so many. I thought I would re-post this blog entry that I did from Everest basecamp on April 27, 2007. Location: … Continue reading

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Of Hands and Helicopters

That’s my left hand holding Climber Smurf as we are traveling to Hebron, Labrador last August to begin our Paddle2Peaks expedition. It’s been a rough year for my hands. I hadn’t realized how rough until just before Christmas when I … Continue reading

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In 2017, what ‘mountain’ will you climb?

Reading this article, by Ashley Fitzpatrick of The Telegram, entitled In 2017, what ‘mountain’ will you climb? brought back many fine memories of my preparation for and climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro. I also enjoyed reflecting on the many folks I’ve … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Out of the Fog, Flights to Nowhere, and Seeing the Mountain Blush

It’s been a foggy day here. Reminiscent of many other foggy days. One in particular, where I had a flight to Halifax. We took off in fog and flew almost all the way to Halifax but couldn’t land. We turned … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Thank you for your Participation

We have come to the end of the Everest 3.0 Curriculum and we (the curriculum team and I) thank you for your participation! If you enjoyed following The Everest 3.0 Expedition, we invite you to continue following  T.A. on future … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Find Your Fit Friday

Find Your Fit! is a provincial physical activity promotions/communications campaign designed to get individuals motivated and moving towards healthy, active living.  The Find Your Fit! website is an excellent resource for physical activity throughout the lifespan. Quote for the Day Walking … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: How Far Did TA Travel?

Quote of the Day: “You know what they say, man. It’s not the altitude, it’s the attitude” – Scott Fischer Did You Know? It takes 40 days to climb Everest to give the body time to adjust to the high … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: T.A.’s Backpack

Quote of the Day: “I’m climbing Mount Everest… because I can… because to be able to climb that high and see that kind of beauty that nobody ever sees, it’d be a crime not to” – Doug Hansen Did You … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Risks Climbing Mount Everest

Quote of the Day: “The mountain is not in your way, it is your way” – Unknown Did You Know?  There are no plants above 5,750 meters on Mount Everest. Activity Suggestion: Whiteout, Wind Storm, Avalanche!! There are many risks … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Storytelling

Quote of the Day: “There is a yeti [or fear] in the back of everyone’s mind; but the blessed are not haunted by it.” [Old Sherpa wisdom] Did You Know? There are two main climbing routes of Mount Everest; the southeast … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Find Your Fit Friday

Find Your Fit! is a provincial physical activity promotions/communications campaign designed to get individuals motivated and moving towards healthy, active living.  The Find Your Fit! website is an excellent resource for physical activity throughout the lifespan. Quote for the Day There … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Explorer Scavenger Hunt

Quote of the Day: “Sometimes we worry a little too much about the height of the mountain before us when we should be thankful to be given the opportunity of climbing it” – Kiplimo Chemirmir Did you Know? More than … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Pemba Summits and Team Update

Congrats to Pemba on his first Everest summit last night. He was our youngest Sherpa on the team and he worked very hard for us. I’m glad he was able to make the top as it will be very beneficial … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Bill’s Summit Bid is Tonight and Thanks to Some Schools

Summit Bid Tonight Here is the latest from my teammates: Bill and Ade woke to clear weather on Wednesday morning and set off for the South Col. Ade decided it would be best to return to camp and rest and … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Raccoon Circles

Quote of the Day: “One climbs a mountain not to conquer it, but to be lifted away from the earth up into the sky” – Russell Banks Did You Know? The world’s tallest building and the tallest man-made structure at … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Eating the Weeds

I spent much of Sunday in the garden with Marian preparing our plot for planting in a few weeks. We were doing some weeding…and I had a few thoughts…I’ll get back to those in a bit after a few updates. … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Weather on the Mountain

Quote of the Day: “The best view comes after the hardest climb” – Unknown Did You Know? During the climbing season (May) the average temperature is -20C Activity Suggestion: Weather Research Using a computer search the weather is like today … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Sherpa Says

Quote of the Day: “People do not wander around and then find themselves at the top of Mount Everest. You hit what you aim at, and if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time” – Zig Ziglar … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Dear Students and Teachers

Dear Students and Teachers, I wanted to let everyone know I am home now. I got home Friday evening and it’s been good for me to meet up with so many family and friends, to share stories from the mountain, … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Find Your Fit Friday

Find Your Fit! is a provincial physical activity promotions/communications campaign designed to get individuals motivated and moving towards healthy, active living.  The Find Your Fit! website is an excellent resource for physical activity throughout the lifespan. Quote for the Day I … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Mount Everest Crossword Puzzle

Quote of the Day: “Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was” – Dag Hammarskjold Did You Know? Marco Siffredi and Stefan Gatt were the first two … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Everest B.I.N.G.O.

Quote of the Day: “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books” – John Lubbock Did you Know? … Continue reading

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