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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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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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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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Antarctica Countdown 13 Days and Counting: See One, Ride One, Pull One

When I used to work at summer camp, we joked that in our first seasons, we often had to operate out of the mantra of “See One, Do One, Teach One.” This morning was Bobble-Head Ted’s first session training at … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 15 Days and Counting: Super-size The Wisdom of No Escape

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 17 Days and Counting: Zipper Pulls and High Gear Anxiety

Marian and I spent the day “pulling gear”. We have a gear room organized by season and expedition so today was the day to delve in and begin the process of making hundreds of decisions of what gear and clothing … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 18 Days and Counting: Working the Lists

Had a great training hike out Flat Rock way today. Hiked a new piece of the East Coast Trail with Marian. The wind was blowing a near gale and I thought it was perfect training weather for Antarctica. I know … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 19 Days and Counting: On Remembrance

Remembrance Day and my parent’s anniversary come in quick succession.  Whenever the Newfoundland Regiment Band played during the Ceremony of Remembrance at Memorial University today, tears flowed down my cheek.  I tried to wipe them off discretely because I was … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 20 Days and Counting: Back on the Ice

20 days! Less than three weeks! My goodness. I’m back from my trip south (which was a delightful diversion) and am now just where I thought I’d be…slightly panicked at the three week mark with growing twinges of excitement mixed … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 33 Days and Counting: Much Gratitude

This morning as I pulled my tire up the hill, I looked over at Natelle in the early morning light and said, “We’re cracked.” Natelle answered, “No, I am the truly cracked one.” It’s true…I had left a perfectly warm … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 35 Days and Counting: Another Day, Another Hill

I didn’t expect to get out on a hill today. Rather I thought I would be cooped up in a stuffy hotel conference room all day. Luckily for me, we had a few hours off from the AUCC 100th Anniversary … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 37 Days and Counting: Someone Please Steal This Idea

I’ve had this idea before. And I am sure many others have as well (it’s hard to have a truly original idea I think)…but anyone, I hope someone will see this post, seize this idea, and run with it. You … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 38 Days and Counting: Introducing Bobble-Head Ted…My Newest Teammate

I’d like to introduce Bobble-Head Ted (BHT). I won him from the local CBC radio station. BHT is a mighty fine bobble-head replica of the afternoon “On the Go” show’s host, Ted Blades. The idea is that folks who won … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 41 Days and Counting: 35 is the New 20

Maybe I should caption this one, “The Great Pumpkin.” Rather than a giant squash however, it’s me nearing the end of a 20 km training hike pretty darn soggy from a stormy day. It rained and showered much of the … Continue reading

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Help TA Get to Mount Vinson in Antarctica

TA invites you to purchase a limited edition Mount Vinson fundraising T-shirt.  To simplify life, love, and the pursuit of penguins, the t-shirts will be offered on a pre-order only basis.  Please email TA with your order with “T-SHIRT ORDER” … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 44 Days and Counting: Treading Easier

When I reached the top of Signal Hill with my tire today, I found myself giggling at this sign. I wondered where my trunk was since all I had was the wheel of a car. One woman came over and … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 46 Days and Counting: Introducing Vinson Massif

Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica is located at 78°35’S, 85°25’W.  It is truly massive at 21 km long and 13 km wide.  It lies in the central part of the “comma tail” (my description) where the tail meets … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 62 Days and Counting: Flat Out

Today’s training session, number 18, was a tough one. It was the first of (I suspect) many that will combine sand-bag get-ups with step-ups. In this instance, it was also “for time” which I suspect is a practical guarantee that … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 63 Days and Counting: Wheel Dark

As though of you who have followed a few of my climbs will know, I often love climbing in the dark. There is something strangely comforting about only being able to see only what my headlamp lights in front of … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 64 Days and Counting: Diamonds and Stones

How does that John Denver song go…”Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.” Today initially felt like a stone day. Tired. Sore. Worried and scared about what seems quickly to becoming an acute tennis elbow. IT band threatening to … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 66 Days and Counting: Just Around the Corner

One of the things most I love about exploring a new area is wondering (and wandering) what is just around the next corner. I am insatiably curious and always thinking about the next bend and what might be beyond it. … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 69 Days and Counting: “I am the Tow Truck”

I met Natelle and Bethany for a tire pulling session up Signal Hill this morning and I do always enjoy the comments from passing drivers and walkers. Standing at the bottom of Temperance Street, ready to begin, two guys in … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 70 Days and Counting: A Ton of Work

My friend, who recommended this training program, promised I would grow to hate sand-bag get-ups. Hate is still too strong a word for me but my love for them is waning. This workout was the first time that the sand-bag … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 72 Days and Counting: Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

One of the things I love about being in an active training phase is having the discipline to get up early out of bed. With that early deliverance from slumber comfort, comes the rewards of early morning light and sights. … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 74 Days and Counting: Six is so Much More than Five

Up early on a Saturday morning and already have my workout in-wahoo. I have a date with three Signal Hills later but for now, I’ll enjoy being done with another strength training session. I’m already seeing dividends of the work … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 75 Days and Counting: Hurricane? Improvise…

I’d planned my workout for today for the afternoon since we had the official opening of our new lecture theatre this morning at work. I forgot to account for the fact that Hurricane Maria was supposed to be barrelling down … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 76 Days and Counting: En”tire”ly Easier

What a difference a week makes…Today’s tire pull was entirely easier (forgive the pun). Instead of needing to stop for exploding calves, it was my max heart rate that called for pause. I can already see and feel progress of … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 78 Days and Counting: “Finding the Groove”

Started my second week of training today and could tell I’d had a few days of rest. I saw a small increase in work capacity today and I enjoy feeling stronger already. I’ve been visiting Johnson State College in Johnson, … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 81 Days and Counting: “I’m Getting Better”

Monty Python fans will remember the line from the scene where the town cryer calls out, “Bring out your dead” and the one guy being carried, thought for dead, says “I’m feeling better!” That’s me today with workout five under … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 82 Days and Counting: “Oh Me Legs”

I’m four days into the new training plan and I can hardly walk. In a good way. Left sitting for any length of time, the lactic acid re-exerts it’s painful magic and I can barely make my legs work. I … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 84 Days & Counting: Sand Bagged by the Sand Bag

I’m testing a new training program and it’s a doozie! Today’s training session started with 10 minutes of sand bag get-ups. What’s a sand bag get-up you say? Glad you asked. In my case, I took a favourite stuff sack … Continue reading

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Antarctica Countdown 85 Days and Counting: Out of Retirement

In light of the need to pull loads from Mount Vinson base camp to Camp One, I have come out of re”tire”ment and began training with the tire once again. Natelle was gracious enough to get up early to be … Continue reading

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Of Maps, Penguins, and Toques

I love maps. I love to look at them and dream of being there. Recently, a map of Antarctica I ordered arrived, and already, the corners of the folds are starting to tear because I open and close the map … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0

One of the first questions I’m asked when people find out that I wasn’t able to summit Everest is, “Will you try again?” I wonder if they ask people who make it to the top the same question. Typically not, … Continue reading

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Nose to the Grindstone

Buenos Domingo, Marian and I are stepping up both our physical training and our Spanish language training in the weeks leading up to our departure for Guatemala and Tajumulco. It’s time to put our noses to the grindstone! We’ve been … Continue reading

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