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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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TA is Home Safe & The Everest Season Goes On

This is a quick post to let everyone know that TA is home safe and sound.  She reached 7200 meters on Everest and then had to be evacuated due to altitude illness.  TA has decided to keep serving out the … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: When in Doubt, Get a Hair Cut

                  What did one volcano say to the other? I lava you!  Thanks to the Grade Four students at Mary Queen of Peace for sending along some get well/cheer me up cards … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Training for Everest

Quote of the Day: “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” – Edmund Hillary Did You Know? Last year an earthquake moved Mount Everest by 3 centimeters. Activity Suggestion: Training for Everest Objective: Students … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Find Your Sherpa Name

Quote of the Day: “You do not climb a mountain like everest by trying to race ahead on your own, or by competing with your comrades. You do it slowly are carefully, by unselfish teamwork. Certainly I wanted to reach … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Hello from your Everest Curriculum Team!

Dear Educators, We are your Mount Everest Curriculum Team! We have designed daily Everest material with grades 4-6 in mind but everyone is welcome to participate! For each day of T.A.’s expedition you will find a “Quote of the Day”, … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1145 Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning…

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning. ― Gloria Steinem   Find your Fit Activity of the Day: Base Race Mark the boundaries of the area with … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1144 You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true…

You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. ― Richard Bach Did you know?: Mount Logan is the largest non-volcanic mountain in the world when measured by its base. Find your Fit Activity … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1143 Be careful what you water your dreams with…

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1142 It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary…

It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary. ― Jason Mraz Did you Know? Mount Logan is located in the St. Elias Mountains in the Yukon Territory. Find … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1141 Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground…

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1140 Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it…

Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it. ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón Did you Know? When climbing Mt. Logan there are usually six … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1139 Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake…

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. ― Henry David Thoreau Did you Know? Mount Logan was first climbed on June 23, 1925. Find your Fit Activity of the Day: Heat Loss Dance Purpose: To teach students … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1138 It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else…

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. ― Erma Bombeck Did you Know? There are many mountains with high elevations in Kluane National Park include Mount St. Elias (5,489m), Mount Lucania (5,226m), King Peak … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1137 You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain…

You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain. ― Tom … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1136 Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined…

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. ― Henry David Thoreau Did you Know? In order to climb Mount Logan, you need to obtain an Icefields Permit, and submit an application to participate in … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1135: All people dream: but not equally…

All people dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they may … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1134 Dreams are necessary to life…

Dreams are necessary to life. ― Anaïs Nin Did you Know? There are many different ways to climb Mount Logan, including flying out of Silver City, flying onto Hubbard Glacier or flying onto Quintino Sella Glacier. Find your Fit Activity … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1133 Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead…

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. ― Louisa May Alcott Did you … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1132 If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them…

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ― Henry David Thoreau Did you Know? There are approximately 12 peaks on the … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1131 Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that…

Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that. ― George Carlin Did you … Continue reading

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Mission 5959 Wrap-Up: Listening to Whispers and the Dragon’s Tongue

Getting to the top is optional, getting back down is mandatory. A lot of people forget about that. ― Ed Viesturs I’ve read several of Ed Viesturs’ books. He is the first American to summit all 14 8000 metre peaks … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had…

Mission 5959 Dreams Quote of the Day: Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had. ― Alice Sebold Did you Know? Near Mount Logan the temperatures are extremely low. In 1991, a record … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: May your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country…

Mission 5959 Game Plan: Travel back to Whitehorse to begin traveling home  (more news as soon as I have a keyboard instead of a phone) Mission 5959 Dreams Quote of the Day: Throw your dreams into space like a kite, … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing Mt. Logan Day 9 I dream my painting and I paint my dream…

Mission 5959 Game Plan and Weather: Move up to Camp 3 at approx. 4,700 meters.  Check the weather here and here. Mission 5959 Dreams Quote of the Day: I dream my painting and I paint my dream. ― Vincent van … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing Mt. Logan Day 8 A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality…

Mission 5959 Game Plan and Weather: Acclimatization day and load carry up through icefall to approx 4,700 meters. Return to Camp 2. Check the weather here and here. Mission 5959 Dreams Quote of the Day: A dream you dream alone … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing Mt. Logan Day 7 The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…

Mission 5959 Game Plan and Weather:  Rest day.  Check the weather here and here. Mission 5959 Dreams Quote of the Day: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ― Eleanor Roosevelt Did you Know? … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing Mt. Logan Day 6 Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly…

Mission 5959 Game Plan and Weather: Move up to Camp 2 at 4,100 meters.  Check the weather here and here. Mission 5959 Dreams Quote of the Day: Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing Mt. Logan Day 5 There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure…

Mission 5959 Game Plan and Weather: Move up and carry loads to Camp Two/King Col at 4,100 meters. Return to Camp 1.  Check the weather here and here. Mission 5959 Dreams Quote of the Day: There is only one thing … Continue reading

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