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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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Everest 3.0: Outdoor Activity Exploration

Quote of the Day: “How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top” – Yvon Chouinard Did you Know? Everest grows by a quarter of an inch every year. Activity Suggestion: What’s Your Favourite Outdoor Activity? Objective: … 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: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

The bags are zipped…and here’s what they are zipped with…click here for some musical accompaniment… Here’s what I packed for my head…two warm hats, a balaclava, sun hat, two buffs and two headlamps (important items get redundancy. Here’s what I … 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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Everest 3.0: Looking Back, Looking Ahead…Conversations about Climbing and More

Still in the bardo…two wonderful send-offs have me feeling well loved and well appreciated.  Thanks to all the folks who came to the Wednesday evening presentation on trekking at high altitude.  It was great to spend the evening with you … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Dragging Tires up the Hill, and Other Life Lessons with a Mountaineer

“It was a sleety, windy Saturday morning about three weeks ago. I was alone. I had hiked up from Cuckold’s Cove and had just broken out onto the hardtop of Signal Hill Road. I was heading downhill, and coming uphill … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Of Boots and the Bardo

I just put wax on my boots. It’s one of my pre-expedition rituals and it serves many purposes. It helps preserve the leather on my boots. It helps with waterproofing the leather to keep my feet dry. It helps signal … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: An Invitation to Schools, Teachers, and Students to Participate (and everyone else too)

Please consider yourselves invited. I am leaving on April 10, 2016 for my Everest 3.0 expedition There is the wonderful opportunity to follow along on my Everest expedition. Each day from April 11-June 3, there will be 2 to 3 … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Questions, Questions, Questions…and Answers To Be Determined

I put out a call today for questions that people have about climbing Everest, my preparations, and the like. The response has been awesome and I’ve got some very thoughtful questions to answer. What a gift! Thanks so much. Some … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: One, Two, Three…Where the Rubber Meets the Road

I get these ideas. These days, these ideas are mostly about training. Sometimes, as my mom used to say, “My eyes are bigger than my stomach,” and I dream up ridiculous training ideas that I have to back-off from. Sweet … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Five Ways to Help TA Climb Everest

If all goes well, two months from now, I will be high on Mount Everest, perhaps even on my summit bid. Between the realization of a (nearly) lifelong dream and now, there is still more training, tons of packing, oodles … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Dear Media (and other fine folks)…

Dear Media (and other fine folks), Should it come to pass that I eventually stand (or more likely sit or kneel) on the summit of Mount Everest, please don’t say I conquered the mountain. Or conquered my fear. Or conquered … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Visualizing the Whole Hog

In three weeks time, I’ll have just arrived in Kathmandu after 24 hours of travel. It’s starting to be the time of count-downs and calculations. How many hockey games left to play before I go? How many pounds of snacks … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Summiting Everest as Performance

I was asked by an undergraduate theatre student who is studying the idea of summiting Everest as performance to answer some questions for an end of semester paper. Given time is easily filled right now with tasks, I thought I … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Introducing TA’s Everest 2016 Logo

OK folks…here it is…hot off the presses/embroidery machine…introducing my Everest 2016 logo. I designed it myself. It has three Everests in graduated sizes combining into one Everest. It shares the same colours as my Everest 2010 logo in which three … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Mind over Mask

I’ve started practicing with a mask. I like to practice all parts of a climb that I can (while living at sea level) so that when summit day comes, I’ll have my systems all in order. I will be climbing … 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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Everest 3.0: Tire-d Again

Today was the day. The tires joined the training team again after a six month sojourn in the house’s crawl space. It’s a bit funny that today was the day. It’s wasn’t the day because I’d marked it on my … Continue reading

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Ten Hints for Hiking the East Coast Trail in Winter

The East Coast Trail can be enjoyed in all seasons but winter can be especially magical with the interaction of snow, ice, and water. In order to enjoy your time on the trail in winter to the fullest, here are … Continue reading

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The Interplay of Ice and Water on the East Coast Trail

Marian and I had an awesome training hike today on the East Coast Trail from Portugal Cove to Brock’s Head Pond. This is one of my favourite sections of the trail and I often take students out on it during … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0 Yes. Yes. A Thousand Times, Yes.

Everest 3.0… Yes. I’ve waited 5.5 years to say that. Now that I let the cat out of the bag with The Telegram article, I guess I’ll say it out loud here. Yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes.

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Work Capacity: The Sound of Humbling

A good (and humbling) training session with my old training pal, the sand bag. It was deeply humbling and there was no one to share it with except the chalk-covered mats and the barbells of the quiet gym (I was … Continue reading

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Vocanopalooza 2015: Stepping Out…and In

I often feel as though travel transports me back to toddlerhood. I must learn how to read, speak, and navigate an unfamiliar world. Sometimes I think it is a miracle that I venture out of my front door on Wood … Continue reading

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Packing, Collecting Dreams, and a Minion for Jack

Packing and getting out the door to an expedition is always a stressful, rich and full time. Hundreds of decisions and poignant good-byes fill the space between putting gear into piles and then into duffel bags. The to do list … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Sizing the Skins

After shovelling out for a few hours, Marian and I came in for some lunch and then tackled a few more projects related to gear prep for my Mount Logan trip. My new Intuition Liners had arrived and it was … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Boot and Ski Tuning

Doesn’t everyone use their kitchen as a ski workshop? Finally cleared some time this weekend to do some boot fitting/liner moulding/learn new ski bindings kind of stuff. Because my team is climbing most of the way up Mount Logan on … Continue reading

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Mission 5959: Climbing to the Summit of Canada with 5959 Dreams

On this 50th Anniversary of the raising of the Canadian Maple Leaf Flag, it seems fitting to officially announce my next climb. I will be climbing Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak in May 2015. Mount Logan (5959 metres), located in … Continue reading

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Snow in St. John’s as my Teacher: Life (and Snow) is Precious

The week of Valentine’s Day moves many of us to express our love to those near and dear to us. As well, this week, with our wonderful 45 cm snow fall, had me professing my love for snow days! Today, … Continue reading

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12 Reasons Why I Love Snow Days!

My apologies to all the snow haters but I LOVE snow days and and here’s why… 1) Snow days are like winning the time lottery. They provide an unexpected respite from “life all scheduled” and allow for fun things like … Continue reading

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It’s Not About the Summit

I’ve often find the title of Lance Armstrong’s book (too bad he’s fallen so far from grace), “It’s Not About the Bike,” coming to mind whenever I think about my return to Everest…I’ve frequently had the thought, “It’s not about … Continue reading

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Reflecting on my Yes-No Decision: Everest 3.0.2

The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark. ― … Continue reading

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Raising Windhorse for 2015

According to the dharma practice calendar (DPC) , today was/is an auspicious day…one of the most, in fact and an excellent day for hanging prayer flags. So that’s what I did. We’d been wanting to change our prayer flags on … Continue reading

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D is for Double Double: Ama Dablam #12

It was a double double day on Signal Hill today because I saw both the sunrise and the sunset from the top of the hill. I was on my own this morning do some stair climbing with pack weight. This … Continue reading

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M is for Morning Mind: Ama Dablam #10

It was a gorgeous morning out on the East Coast Trail for an “Up-Down” training hike above Quidi Vidi. My training pack has grown to 45 pounds and my legs are regaining strength and stamina as they lift me up … Continue reading

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L is for Life: Ama Dablam #9

I seem to have decided that all Ama Dablam entries will have a letter from Ama Dablam. It’s fun to watch my mind work with seeking out options for which letters/words could summarize my recent experiences in preparation for Ama … Continue reading

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D is for D.O.M.S.: Ama Dablam #8

Happy #FINDYOURFIT Friday! This work-out gear was how I found my fit today during my Ama Dablam training session this morning. It’s been a good week for training and I’m pleasantly tired and wickedly sore. The culprit is D.O.M.S. Delayed … Continue reading

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A is for Altitude: Ama Dablam #7

I had a swim coach once who said, “If you want to swim faster, swim faster.” I sometimes translate that as, “If you want to climb higher, climb higher.” Today’s training session was step-ups. It was the first, real big … Continue reading

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B is for Berries and Buckets and Boxes: Ama Dablam #6

Yes, that is a fish bucket on my backpack. Yes, some folks call them fish boxes.  Yes, I did pick berries with a backpack and fish bucket/box on my back. Yes, I did wonder how I ended up in that … Continue reading

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