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Personal essays from the front lines of everyday adventuring.

Inspiration

Has this ever happened to you: you are hiking, or climbing, or kayaking. You are surrounded by natural beauty and the majesty of the mountains/ocean/vast landscape all around…

Mountain Tragedies and Secondhand Grief

Two weeks ago, three people died climbing Joffre Peak, north of Pemberton. I didn’t know them. Usually, that’s enough for me. Not often, but not so rarely, a…

Bad Trip

Every attempt to explain this will be clumsy. There are stories that will never be graceful, but these are sometimes the ones that most need to be told….

Just a Moment

Today’s adventure was going to be “Dance Class With a Bum Knee”. That’s still happening, but something else happened today that was way cooler. In teacher’s college, they…

Day 14: I’m Afraid of Everything

I’m a day off from halfway through this self-imposed daily adventure challenge, and it’s getting real. One of the side-effects of a good challenge is that it’s actually…

Day 9: Putting Allen Away

This weekend, I and all the other people of Vancouver decided to head to Tofino for the long-long weekend. I have written about Tofino here before, but there…

From the Edge

A common trait that unites a lot of people who are really into mountain sports is a sort of inner gyroscope that finds its equilibrium right at the…

What I Can Do Matters More Than How I Look (Why Is This News?)

I was 21, sitting cross-legged on the floor with a bunch of other young climber women, talking about whatever it is that 21-year-olds talk about (I’ve forgotten -it…

Waiting on the World to Change

Last fall, I asked someone out, which┬áI had pretty much never done before. The closest I’d come were a couple of cringingly earnest emails in my early twenties,…

A Love Letter to BC Parks

Remember this post? I had meant to follow it up with another, but then other things came up, and before you know it, part 2 of BC Parks…