Volcanoes in Guatemala+

Home after a night run with friends last winter, I could hear my Adventure Buddy upstairs dreaming the Canadian cold away watching one of those beach relocation shows. As I rounded the corner to chat, the TV literally stopped me in my tracks with a view of water and volcanoes. “We need to go there!”, […]

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5 Years of Challenges

Running, climbing, cycling, obstacle racing, weight lifting, fundraising, cheerleading, smiling. Time is going to pass anyway, we might as well accomplish something EPIC. Live without regrets, be proud of yourself, see the World, overcome fears, surprise yourself, inspire others, create awesome stories, be interesting, be positive, give back and jump for joy. Be the best […]

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Climbing in Cuba

How do we pick where we climb? Sometimes it’s just the cheapest trip we can put together. Whatever countries we’re considering there is always a google question to my phone, “What is the highest mountain in _____?”. Followed by, “Best month to climb Mt _____?”. We only had a week so we would find a […]

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Reset Impossible!

When was the last time you were so proud of yourself you raised your arms in glee? How about literally patting yourself on the back or jumping in the air with joy?  Spontaneously high 5’ing someone from a big jolt of endorphins through your body?  Was it a month ago, year ago, decades, never? Every […]

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Mt Elbrus, Russia – Part 3

I interrupt this blog for another adventure. Whoops, sorry, I got a bit distracted by some volcanoes in Guatemala. Experiences over Stuff! Finally finishing my last post on Russia, you may want to refresh on Part 1 and Part 2 first. Team Spudnik, quite the group of adventurers. You’ve already heard about Jason climbing his […]

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Mt Elbrus, Russia – Part 2

The true excitement of a trip kicks in for me when the bags are finally in the car, the engine starts and I’m heading to the airport. Whatever I’ve forgotten to pack at this point, it just doesn’t matter, except this time I will get told off by a world record holding mountaineer. Typically arriving at […]

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Mt Elbrus, Russia – Part 1

When I look back on 2016, my surprise trip to Russia will always put a huge badass smile on my face. As my 54th birthday is just hours away and 2016 is coming to a close, I couldn’t think of any better way to celebrate than reliving and documenting my amazing Russian adventure. What a […]

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The Most Negative Word in the World

I have taken a break for the last month, partly because my body was rebelling, partly because I needed one and mostly because I’ve been telling myself for quite a while that I wanted one. For 4+ years straight I’ve gone from one increasingly challenging goal to the next. The break wasn’t everything I thought […]

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Running for Cystic Fibrosis

I recently pinged off a bunch of challenges over 10 weeks; Ottawa Marathon, my very 1st Ultra Marathon in Niagara then, I surprisingly went to Russia to climb Mt Elbrus. Honestly, for 2016, I had one challenge goal and that was to finish my unfinished business at the Ottawa Marathon; the other 2 challenges were […]

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