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May
16

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, PART FIVE

It’s difficult to keep on top of most things when hiking a long distance trail. Taxes, emails, bills, work…all these things and more get put on the shelf while obsessively focused on walking, sleeping, camping, water and food. Trying to find the time and energy to write has been a massive failure on my part. So here I am, hundreds of miles later, attempting to share more of … more

Apr
13

Exciting news: I wrote a book!

Dear friends, I am delighted to announce that my memoir Open Heart, Open Mind will be published this fall by Simon & Schuster Canada (in English) and by Éditions Libre Expressions (in French). This project has been a long time in the making and I am very excited to share my story with Canadians, from growing up in Winnipeg, to finding solace in sport and biking, finding my … more

Feb
23

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part four

The Appalachian Trail, also referred to as the AT, has a life of it’s own. It also has a language of it’s own. The vernacular is definitely easier than learning french. Less than a week on the trail left me speaking Hiker Talk. NOBO, SOBO, nero, zero, double zero, trail gaiting, yellow, white and blue blazing, slack packing (didn’t do it!), ‘hike your own hike’, purist, trail magic, … more

Feb
16

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part Three

We met a lot of characters on the trail. Trail names like Rising Sun, ‘Graveyard Shift’, Marathon Man, Blueberry, Mr.Truth, Sagacious, McLovin’, Riki Tiki, Frog Fellow, Rodeo, Tenacious D, Forest Moistener, Slim Jim, Tom Sawyer, Forrest, Mav stuck in my head connected with images of gaunt hikers cold and hungry on the trail. We’d meet on trail, share intel, or simply pass by then read about who we … more

Jan
18

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part Two

Day two of hiking gave us our first dose of rain. The idea of making camp in the rain temporarily removed my allergies to furry creatures. That second night was my first in an Appalachian Trail shelter. We shared the space with four humans and three dogs. Yes, three dogs.   When I mention a backcountry shelter or show far away pictures of these cute little log lean-to’s, … more

Jan
16

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part One

Like most of our adventures, this one started with the question ‘So what do you want to do this winter?’. I had a rare 6 week window of nothing booked and Peter was itching for adventure.  We live in two glorious locations: a vacation home in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and the majestic Rocky Mountain town of Canmore, Alberta. It seemed irrational to leave either but we … more

Jul
23

Place of the Spirits: The Torngat Mountains

It feels like yesterday that the helicopter pulled up leaving us behind in the most isolated and remote area I had ever been to.  Tower Mountain hovered to the south and the only sound were the mosquitos.  Ranger Seals, a peculiar type of freshwater seal, popped in and out of Kangaleksurilek Lakes to the north.  A polar bear meandered in the distance, too far away to cause any … more

Jul
16

Fun at the GranFondo Axel Merckx

I have to admit I was dreading the ride.  After our 110 day/11,100km trip on bike around Canada for the Big Ride for Let’s Talk, all I wanted to do was not ride my bike.  I was definitely dreading the 160km ride I agreed to approximately 12 days after our stint around this massive country.  But a promise is a promise, and there was no way I was … more


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