Tag Archives: training

Flash Rust

Howdy, Catching a few minutes pause between coats of rust-inhibiting paint on our old claw foot tub. It got moved out on the deck on Friday and I’ve had intimate lessons in the concept of flash rust. Basically, one shouldn’t … Continue reading

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On the Cusp of an Arctic Adventure!

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to All, I missed writing last week because doing three overnights with students in three weekends in a row challenged even my time management skills. Despite a winter of low snow (until this week where we … Continue reading

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Looking at Winter

Howdy, It’s been another full week and I don’t even know where to begin. This afternoon, the Grand Canyon hiking group completed four ascents of Signal Hill. We are building up our uphill walking with moderately loaded packs. We’ll increase … Continue reading

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Storming Norming

Greetings from a Stormy Sunday, I woke up in a warm bed this morning instead of tucked into my sleeping bag. We’ve got 15 centimetres of snow down with more on the way. Last night I had to make the … Continue reading

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Learning from the Monster

The major learning of this week came in a much more intimate understanding of friction coefficients. You see, when you drag tire and its rim up Signal Hill, you are aware of every nuance of slope, snow, and ice. You … Continue reading

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The Hemoglobin is Definitely Gone

Greetings on the Cusp of December, When I thought about writing you last week, I would have entitled the update, “The hemoglobin is gone.” Since I didn’t get it together last week, as I skated on the ice this week, … Continue reading

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Home from Pumori et Al

Hello from St. John’s, I arrived back from my whirlwind tour of North America on Wednesday morning and I’m pleased to say I am already unpacked from the expedition. It usually takes me a week or so to finally get … Continue reading

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Back in Canada

Namaste, The last few days have been a whirlwind of flights and airports. On the 28th, I had breakfast in Lukla, lunch in Kathmandu and supper aboard a plane for Hong Kong. I had to make a very quick decision … Continue reading

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Clarity

Hi This is TA calling in from Pumori base camp, all tucked snuggly in my sleeping bag, its chilly here tonight as it has been. I’m calling a little bit later because I wanted to have the full update to … Continue reading

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From Pumori Base Camp

Hi This is TA calling in from Mount Pumori base camp 5284 metres. I’m sitting here in my tent, in my ultimate layer otherwise known as my sleeping bag because the sun has gone behind the clouds and when that … Continue reading

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Last Update from Kathmandu

Howdy to All, I’m battered. In a good way. Perhaps battered and fried. In the best tradition of St. John’s fish and chips. All of my senses have been filled to overflowing with the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of … Continue reading

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Greetings from the Nirvana Garden

I’m sitting in the shade being quite delighted at the magic of wireless. A gentle breeze carries the caw of nearby crows, the toots of horns, and the crinkle of bike bells to my ear. The garden is adorned with … Continue reading

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Happy All Saint’s Boxing Day

It’s the day after, the day after Halloween and I sit marveling (and writing) that the pre-Arkansas to-do list is empty. I board a plane in 6.5 hours. Between now and then, I’ll try to convince my body to make … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

Time seems to have a life of its own these days and moves along faster than the speed of light. I can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner-wasn’t it just yesterday that I was holding Rayne’s hand as a … Continue reading

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Ready for the Summit Push

After several acclimatization forays up and down the Khumbu icefall and Western Cwm, Everest climbers return to base camp to rest and fortify before their final push to the summit. The climbers are nervous, tense, and wondering if all the … Continue reading

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Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight.

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” This is a Japanese proverb that came my way once on a tear-away calendar. Of the 365 sayings that year, this one stuck. As I ran intervals on Signal Hill Tuesday morning and … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving to All,

Funny how it works than when you let go of something, the resulting space allows for it to occur. Just when I said, “I want to do as little training as possible for Chile,” I found it within me to … Continue reading

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Everest-007 February 2007

Happy It’s Almost March 2/25/2007 For those of you outside St. John’s, you might not know that we were hammered here by a huge storm on Monday night that brought close to 2 feet of snow overnight. Shoveling was the … Continue reading

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Everest-007 December 2006

Last Day of the Year 12/31/2006 Hello to All, I’m back in Mendoza after several long days of hiking off the mountain. Thanks so much to all for your kind thoughts and prayers and well wishes. I’m sure they helped … Continue reading

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Everest-007 November 2006

Greetings from Early Morning, 11/26/2006 Last evening was a rare event. I was in bed at 8:50 pm. I was so tired I said, “Stick a fork in me, I’m done.” It must have been braving the pre-Christmas insanity at … Continue reading

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Everest-007 October 2006

Happy Fall Back Day, 10/29/2006 I had a hamster in graduate school. Her name was Gladys. She could bring smiles to the most staid members of the faculty. Gladys had a clear plastic ball in which she could freely roam … Continue reading

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Everest-007 September 2006

Happy Autumn (and nine months to my birthday 🙂 9/24/2006 There is that wonderful crispness in the air–combine that with a sunny clear day–and I am a happy camper. I had a good week and an even better weekend. I … Continue reading

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Everest-007 August 2006

Test Number Two-Check! 8/31/2006 Hello All, Today was another great day in Russia. We hiked up to the Khasktash Glacier to do some crampon training. We had more weight on our backs as we carried up our big plastic boots, … Continue reading

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Everest-007 June 2006

Lessons from Injury 6/25/2006 What a week full of celebrations and life lessons…where to begin? Started back at training on Monday with lifting, step, and a big hike. Tuesday found me running and at the hockey arena. During the warm-up, … Continue reading

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Everest-007 May 2006

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to All 5/28/2006 Wow another big week of training and decision-making!!! When I face a big decision, I often feel like I’m in the middle of a snow globe. I’m in the middle of a swirling … Continue reading

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Denali May 2005

TA’s Denali Support Team #31 5/31/2005 Happy Almost June 1st, As we decended toward Anchorage airport, the pilot said, we are passing through 21,000 feet on our approach to Anchorage…I quickly glanced outside the plane through the window and saw … Continue reading

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Denali April 2005

Grand Canyon: Kaibab to New Hance Trail April, 2005 Day One: Rim to Cremation Creek via the South Kaibab Trail (6 miles) Up before dawn for breakfast and trying to stuff all food, water, and gear into packs. Drive over … Continue reading

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Denali March 2005

TA’s Denali Support Team #24 3/28/2005 Happy Easter!!! I hope the Easter Bunny was good to you. I had been concerned that the Easter Bunny wouldn’t find me this year since I spent last week at a meditation retreat. I … Continue reading

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Denali February 2004

TA’s Denali Support Team #20 2/27/2005 Happy Almost March to All, Rest weeks are funny animals…they are both easy and hard, fun and not fun, a lived experiential paradox. I slept in every day last week until my body started … Continue reading

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Denali November 2004

TA’s Denali Support Team #8 11/28/2004 Top of the Morning to You, It’s been sunny here in St. John’s for two days in a row. I’m very confused and delighted. Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all my US friends (and to … Continue reading

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Denali October 2004

TA’s Denali Support Team # 5 10/31/2004 Happy Halloween! That seems like a most appropriate greeting after a week of dressing up. It had a great week…here’s how it went… Sunday The last big day of preparations…Leo was an amazing … Continue reading

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Denali September 2004

It Takes a Village to Climb a Mountain 9/25/2004 Hello, Please excuse the corny subject line-it was the best one I could come up with. I’m writing to invite you to become part of my village and to be a … Continue reading

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