A Summer By The Numbers

It’s been roughly a week since I returned home from an epic summer adventure that had me flying through numerous time zones, visiting multiple countries, and spending most of my time expecting to wake up from some fantastic dream. And while I’ve tried over the past 4 months to document my travels and the effect…

Between Breaths And Breathtaking Moments

Having arrived in Calgary, I spent the next two days and nights working on various projects and reports, and catching up with Rick. Our conversations shifted from adventures past, present, and future, to work, life, and our attempts at some sort of balance between the two.  Our time seemed to be divided between travel, bouts of…

The Beginning Of The End

The last time I was home could best be described as a visit. I was there for no more than 18 hours; enough time to do my laundry, and spend some time with the wee fuzzball who seemed in desperate need of hugs and belly rubs. But that was all very short-lived as I was up…

Ready. Set. Summer.

Despite how chilly it is outside the calendar tells me it’s spring. More than that, Friday marked the last day of class for the winter 2016 semester.

All Levels Of Lazy

After conquering Middle Sister on Saturday, Rick, Paul, and I had originally planned on taking on the challenge of either Castle or Fortress mountains, or possibly another peak with a not-so-politically-correct name1. Instead we were all sorts of lazy.

Shenaniganning

Shenaniganning – is that even a word? Actually, I’m not sure I care. All I really care about is that I’m going to be boarding a plane today to head off to Calgary to summit some peaks with Rick and Paul. Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

Sexy Frozen Corpse

The countdown to Nepal is on. Well, technically is was on the minute Rick and I confirmed our flights several weeks ago, but now it’s really on because I leave in less than 4 weeks. Four weeks! Holy schnikeys! I have so much to do. Fortunately Rick has been keeping me informed about all of the things that…

Curse You Temple

Mother Nature has foiled us again. After much discussion, plotting, and organization, she decided to throw a huge wrench into our Mount Temple conquering plans. With winter conditions and blowing snow, Rick, Paul, and I decided for safety reasons that we should postpone our Temple adventure until next year. Nuts. For those of you who don’t…

White Whine Anyone?

Several weeks ago I was chatting with someone about my lack of travel this year. To put this into proper perspective you’ll have to understand that this observation had followed multiple months of 100+ hours of work per week. That is, I made the observation at a point in time where my body, mind, and…

I Miss The Mountains

On Tuesday afternoon I made my way back home to Guelph, having spent the prior week visiting Rick in Calgary. The adventure was amazing – but that really wasn’t a difficult bar to pass given that the trip involved mountains, hiking, meeting up with friends, good food, a drink known as Better Than Folgers, more…

Falling To My Death? Not Today Indefatigable. Not Today.

Yesterday Rick, Aidan, and I jumped into the car and headed to Kananaskis country to face the challenge of climbing Mount Indefatigable (stopping first at Starbucks and Safeway for necessities like go-go juice, snacks, and lunch). Approximately 1.5 hours from Calgary, Indefatigable actually represents two peaks and a ridge connecting the two. The southern peak is…

Helloooooo Mountains

Just over a year ago Rick and I began the Big Mountain Challenge to raise money for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. The adventure required that we hike several mountains, canoe Lake Louise, raise oodles of money, and spend a large portion of our time being spoiled rotten by the awesome folks at Chateau Lake…

Shenanigans Are Nigh

Okay, maybe it’s not exactly the time for shenanigans, but shenanigans are nigh – so very, very nigh. For those not in the know, I’m about to take a real vacation. What do I mean by real vacation? Only that I’m about to board a plane (requisite number 1), travel afar (requisite number 2), and…

The Year That Was

Remember back in the old time-y days of 2012? Those were good times. Anyway, now that it’s the future I figured I should take a few moments to look back on the year that was 2012 to remember what I’ve accomplished, and identify those challenges that have eluded me for one reason or another. Perhaps…

Wanderlusting Version 2013

I have a wee confession to make; despite my attempt to travel as often as I can – what with my insatiable wanderlust – I have realized that there is no way that I’m going to be able to use up all of my vacation days this year. Not even close. Despite my failure to…