Denali – First Portuguese Women to Summit (Part 2)

We climb from our 14,000 feet camp up to 17,000 feet. I can’t lie… it was hard. The fixed lines were surprisingly the easiest to do, but there were high stretches and really thin walking sections along the ridges.

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Denali – First Portuguese Women to Summit (Part 1)

I arrived in Anchorage in the evening and checked into the hotel. I arrived with a very heavy heart. My mother in law, Bonnie, has been diagnosed as ‘failure to thrive’ and moved to a hospice room for the family…

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Aconcagua, reaching the Summit and more

Today we moved to Camp 2, Nido de Condores, which stands at 5,560 metres. There are mountains all around us, yet it seems we are above them all.

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Climbing Aconcagua in Argentina

After the Air Canada fiasco, and those of you that follow me on Instagram know about the ordeal and the inconvenience caused by Air Canada when they only decided to turn around a flight after 3 and a half hours…

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Reaching the Summit of Vinson Massif and back

It’s Wednesday morning – Summit day - and the sun is out! I have gotten used to it being daylight 24 hours a day, but somehow the sun shining over high camp is particularly special.

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From Base Camp to High Camp

After dinner at Union Glacier, there was talk about the possibility to have us flown to base camp that evening, there was even a person from ALE walking around with a flight scheduled. But the weather did not co-operate, and…

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Arriving in Antarctica

Climbing Mount Vinson and going to Antarctica was nerve wracking. I felt there was a lot riding on the success of the expedition, and not just monetarily – the degree of coldness added a whole new level of potential challenges…

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It’s not easy.

Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community. *

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Mount Elbrus Russia Climb Part 2 -Summit

It is Sunday, July 29th, 2018 and to the ‘Putin on the Ritz’ team, day 9 of our adventure. My alarm is set for 2:00am for breakfast, but I, like several of my teammates, was already up. Vern turns on…

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Create a World in which everyone believes life is worth living.

Create a World in which everyone believes life is worth living. These powerful words where part of the last sentence Mr Chown, the Director of Events for CAMH wrote in a thank you letter addressed to Peaks for Change in…

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