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OJOS is my NEMESIS!

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Finally my 2nd attempt climbing Ojos del Salado has failed. She is proving to be a very tough nut to crack. My first attempt February 14th I got within 75m from the technical summit (6908m) but was turned back by an impending snowstorm. February 23rd at 11pm my Chilean guide Ismael Sepulveda and I left high camp Tejos (5837m) and started our 2nd summit push. It was minus 25 degrees with a nasty wind in our face. We climbed all night and realized at around 6500m we were both suffering hypothermia. We were on a steep slope unable to rest and warm ourselves. Besides that I realized I had lost too much acclimatization since the 1st attempt. Even though I had taken steps to keep acclimated, they were not enough. I felt my lungs and body screaming for more oxygen. We sadly realized it was not to be.

I have been exceptionally lucky over the years to succeed on my first attempts climbing all the Seven Summits – Everest 2010; Denali 2007; Vinson 2009; Aconcagua 2006; Elbrus 2012; Carstensz Pyramid 2014; Kilimanjaro 2012. Now this last year my new challenge to climb all the Volcanic Seven Summits in one year at 70, I have also been able to summit on my first go 6 of the 7 peaks – Elbrus (2nd time; Kili 2nd time; Damavand; Giluwe; Orizaba and Sidley. Had I reached Ojos del Salado summit i would have broken several world records. However, what I believe in, and what I speak about in life, is taking on real challenges. The whole thing about a challenge is that it is unpredictable. It is about hardship, risk and suffering. It is not suppose to be easy. You get out of life what you are willing to put into it. So poking yourself to discover your inner strengths builds a rich character that nobody can take away from you. That is the beauty of it. Although I feel I could have done more, I also know the mountain is not going anywhere and I hope to be back later this year to try again. I have been humbled but I sense it is testing me to see if I have the mojo to push on.

So thanks for all your support and encouraging words. They meant a lot to me. I love challenges and Ojos del Salado is no exception. I have, I can tell you, a huge amount of respect for her. This challenge is not over. 7 of 7 is still in the cards. 

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Amit Kotecha Keep strong bro. You will succeed. Just need faith and the right opportunity.

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas Wow Theodore Fairhurst
You’re a trooper and quite the athlete to be able to do all that !
I’m glad you’re ok !! 

Shevy Warren I am still impressed 👏🏽👏🏽

Alex Shoumatoff Too bad, Ted, but it’s still there and you’re still here. You’ll make it!

Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle You’re world class mental toughness and no quit attitude of victory is amazing. If anyone can accomplish these records it is you!

Emmanuel Daigle
Emmanuel Daigle It’s always a great success to be able to climb down and try again. It takes much more courage to say NO to a summit than to climb it in perfect weather. In my opinion, it is your best climb because you’ll learn much more from this mountain. Keep on climbing and never give up on your dream. :)
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Theodore Fairhurst

Jennifer Ford-Fairhurst
Jennifer Ford-Fairhurst To say you are a true inspiration is such an understatement. You have accomplished more with the mountains you’ve conquered (and didn’t) and by the integrity, drive, and discipline you live your life with, than the majority of people I know. Record holder or not, my family will always see you as the BEST!!! Can’t wait to hear of your adventures first hand. Much love❤

Rosanna Grande
Rosanna Grande

Isabelle Durand
Isabelle Durand Il n’y a pas de mots pour dire combien ta force de détermination est extraordinaire…respect!

Tavia Tolleson
Tavia Tolleson Bravo for your courage, wisdom, determination and grit. Amazing!

..Sonia Pivetta
Sonia Pivetta It takes real courage to know when you must stop. However, like you said, you will try again! True determination and I believe you will succeed!

Jérémie Devinant
Jérémie Devinant Wow ted you are so inspiring, you should do a movie from that to spread this way of life!

Marc-Antoine Laporte
Marc-Antoine Laporte Ted, a mountain is only a mountain. Mother Nature is the one shuffling the cards. Like a poker game, you don’t always have winning hands, and don’t always succeed with best cards in hand. The game with Ojos is not over, you’ve played your chips right and have only folded 2 hands. Cheers 🙏🏻

Veronica Baruffati
Veronica Baruffati I am sure you have the mucho mojo to conquer Ojos ….interesting that you refer to this summit as a she….”ojos del salado”, literally “ eyes of the salty one (male)”….either way, s/he obviously wants to see you again. Lucky #3, Ted. Yough, brave and wise decision to turn back.

Veronica Baruffati
Veronica Baruffati Theodore Fairhurst 😂😂

Hernan Leal
Hernan Leal You will do it Ted and it is very intelligent to stop when you have to do it., this volcano will be waiting for you buddy!

Jean-Philippe Turgeon
Jean-Philippe Turgeon Thank you for the rich experience and these strong words… You will Summit 7of7!

Ali Shafa
Ali Shafa Next time inshallah

Joshua Noya
Joshua Noya Respect 👍🏽🙏🏽

Katherine Snow
Katherine Snow I can only second what both Emmanuel Daigle and Jennifer Ford-Fairhurst have already expressed. You show great courage, not just the kind one reads about in record books, but the personal strength and courage it takes to believe in yourself. 💫

Bud Hansen
Bud Hansen You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished!❤

Gordon Finlay
Gordon Finlay Happy to see you have courage and wisdom!

Alana J. Hansen
Alana J. Hansen Congrats are still in order for your massive accomplishments💕

Earl Ford
Earl Ford You will accomplish your objective just keep on working hard any have faith

Silvana Rossi
Silvana Rossi You have accomplished more than anyone of us could ever imagine. You are already there in my eyes!!! I so admire you! Now hurry back we have plans to make ! Lol!

John Gradek
John Gradek An amazing hero in my eyes, Ted! OJOS yet awaits your conquering spirit! And welcome home!
Alexandre Forgues
Alexandre Forgues Good job Ted, you are an inspiration ! We are happy that you come back to us in one piece 😊

Philippe Lefebvre
Philippe Lefebvre You are and will still be my mentor Theodore.

Stéphanie Benoit
Stéphanie Benoit Continue intelligemment Théodore, c’est le plus bel exemple! Whatever time it takes!!!

Drew Harrison
Drew Harrison As the old comediennes said “LEAVE EM WANTING MORE” safe travel

Sajish GP
Sajish GP Do it.

Julie Fairhurst
Julie Fairhurst Brilliant work Ted! Very proud and inspired by your work ethic. Yes indeed you will try again but let’s get you to Italy first! Congratulations on your amazing achievements ❤

Allan Fairhurst
Allan Fairhurst Ted, while sorry to hear didn’t quite make it this time, we are very very happy you are safe and sound back in Montreal. The awareness to know your position and the limits although severely stretched is a real strength. As you say the 7th Volcano is still there and not going anywhere. Look forward to seeing you and Rosanna.
Allan

John S. Dahlem
John S. Dahlem Ted….keep the “mojo” and follow that journey and remember getting to the top is nice, but getting down is mandatory. The volcano is still there and you will be back you “young whipper snapper!”

Robert Michaud
Robert Michaud Awesome feed-back! You are so a inspiration for us!
Love u man!

Jessie D’Aigle
Jessie D’Aigle What a journey, we can only imagine how unbelievably challenging this must be. I’m freezing just reading what you wrote. :-)

Josée Groulx
Josée Groulx La prochaine fois sera la bonne. Dans la vie à l’occasion nous devons reculer de deux pas pour mieux avancer .Je vous dis LA PROCHAINE FOIS SERA LÀ BONNE.

Veronique Landry
Veronique Landry You are really a source of inspiration!! I admire everything you’ve accomplished!!

Katie Sarah
Katie Sarah Sorry to hear it didn’t go to plan…but heading home afterwards safe and sound is a successful trip! The hill will be there another day.

Gilles Cote
Gilles Cote I am happy to read your analysis… 
i am inpired by your journey.. 
for me the mountain is not important what counts is what the mountain represents… a chalenge to push yourself… to reach your limits… getting to the summit is not and should not be the the achievement… i am going to say a very classic lic but it is so through the success is not in the success but in the journee… you know it so much more than we all do. We just went through the Olympic and only 3 individuals won medals for each competition but all the other athletes have achieved so much… The journey is what counts and your journey is so impressive I am in awe of your achievements, your willpower, your capacity to set objectives out of the reach of normal individuals… but this is not important these are objectives to chalange yourself and if tou were to succeed all the time then it may mean your objectives may be too low for you… failure is a success you have set objectives that challenged you and this to me is the success… 
i am happy you are safe succeeding or not this climb is something internal within you… 
congratulation for all your achievements as an individual .. we are all privileged to know you…

Matthew Gordon
Matthew Gordon Almost there!

Cheryl Bart
Cheryl Bart What a mighty effort ! As the Sherpas say “ the mountain will be there another day “… and I’m positive you will be successful another time . You are so inspirational Ted … and this expedition too. And safe and sound for the next adventure !

Martin Husar
Martin Husar Glad you’re safe Ted 👍🏼 And because of that, your journey is still in progress — Ojos will welcome you another day ✨

Elaine Kitteridge
Elaine Kitteridge A wise decision Ted. You conquered the mountain either way!

Steve Acre
Steve Acre Ted, you are my Hero. Just the fact that you give it all, is inspiring. God Bless and hope to see you soon in Montreal, Steve Acre

Tiea Rudyk
Tiea Rudyk Theodore Fairhurst your such an inspiration! You set goals and you achieve them! Your amazing and I’m so proud of you and everything amazing that you do! ❤

Freda Sideroff
Freda Sideroff You are resilient Theodore Fairhurst

Hal K. Myers
Hal K. Myers What a valiant effort. Knowing your resolve, you’ll be back at it soon.

Hal K. Myers
Hal K. Myers Looking forward to your return.
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Darren Fairhurst
Darren Fairhurst This is going to be your story! So proud of you Ted!
Can’t wait to talk with you!

Jacques Wibrin
Jacques Wibrin What a challenge, the only thing i can tell you is respect. The mountain did not let you wins her summit, and you respect the situation. It’s all at your honnor. But soon, you will be able to get to the summit safely. Thumbs up Ted.

Gaële Cluzel-Gouriou
Gaële Cluzel-Gouriou Bravo!!! You obviously keep making sound decisions. You are indeed an example of determination, wisdom and persistence.

Lucho Platania
Lucho Platania · 2 mutual friends
Jorge García capa llegabamos

Jimmy Vls
Jimmy Vls I am sure you are going to finish the 7 Volcanic Summits, so I will too.

Jimmy Vls
Jimmy Vls Next July I am going back to Mt. Giluwe for sure and then December Mt. Sidney hopefully

Jimmy Vls
Jimmy Vls Let’s keep in touch dear Ted

Chris Burrows
Chris Burrows Well Ted it was an incredible and inspiring story you shared with us the past twelve months. Welcome home.

Michael Hamill
Michael Hamill Well said Theodore Fairhurst and way to stay tough and positive! The only way we know we are pushing ourselves in life is to risk failure. You’ll get it eventually. We’re all in awe of what you do!
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Greg Harris
Greg Harris Great expedition recount and congrats on the other summits. You’ll get Ojos next time.

NOT YET REACHED

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I last posted February 4 that I was climbing Volcano Ojos del Salado. It has been quite a ride since then. Ojos is a huge mountain at 6893m (22615 feet) and very tough – weather, altitude and climbing. Together with teammate Michael Halbig from Germany and our formidable Chilean guide Ismael Sepulveda we first climbed 3 mountains to acclimatize for Ojos – Siete Hermanos 4890m, Mulas Muertas 5300m and San Francisco 6018m.

We pushed our Summit Bid forward 2 days to February 14 because a big snow storm was predicted later the same day. However the mountain had already been blasted with 65 centimeters of new snow since the last few days and the climbing was slow and extremely tiring. There were 17 climbers on the mountain from different countries and only 3 of us made it to the summit crater plateau but not the true summit itself. We were about 75m below the last rock technical section. The final climb is to climb a chute and then scale a rock wall.

Reaching the crater at 1pm with very little energy left and past our turnaround time with a snowstorm coming in we had no option but to descend. It was extremely hard but the right decision. Safety first.

I have decided to attempt Ojos again. However there is bad weather predicted for the next week at least. If I stay at higher altitude and train daily I hope to return for my second attempt in a week or so.

Thanks to Rosanna for understanding my predicament and my crazy passion to reach my goals. I have already been away since January 6 climbing Mt Sidley in Antarctica and now Ojos in Chile.

Ojos would be my #7 of 7 climbing all the Volcanic Seven Summits
Always stay positive. I’ll give it my best shot.

Success on Mount Sidley (Antarctica).

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Success on Mount Sidley (Antarctica). #6 on my challenge to climb all Volcanic 7 Summits in one year at 70.

Antarctica

After 30 hours of flights from Montreal to Punta Arenas, Chile – then a Russian cargo plane (Iluysian) across the Antarctic Ocean to Union Glacier. Next a Canadian built Twin Otter prop for 5 hours across West Antarctica (a fuel cache re-supply half way) to the Executive Committee Range and rarely visited Mount Sidley. An extraordinarily beautiful shaped quarter -moon volcano rising majestically above the endless flat ice plateau of the Antarctic Continent. Pilot extraordinaire Russ Hepburn, Co-pilot Tyron So and engineer Kevin Bouwsema landed the small craft directly in the snow sastrugi-crusted crater. In all my years of climbing on multiple expeditions I have only had 1 woman teammate, but this time I was the only male plus Nate Opp as our guide. My three teammates all very accomplished climbers from Australia; Kate Sarah who has already done the 7 Summits and now just completed the Volcanic 7 Summits on Sidley. She is only the 13th person in the world to have climbed all 7 Volcanoes. Cheryl and Nikki Bart – mother/ daughter team have also climbed all 7 Summits together. Great teammates and great goal oriented mountaineers.

Mount Sidley has only been climbed about 35 times. It is so remote to reach (even for Antarctica) and there is little chance of support if something goes wrong. So the sense of wonder to be in such a serene yet grave world is truly captivating. It touches on the abstract to anyone living in a civilized environ. The sun circles the sky in the 24 hour summer solstice day and the extreme temperatures rise and fall at will. The fog smears the deadpan landscape much of the time in this huge region.

First after arriving, we built base camp, next day carried a cache to high camp and after a bad weather day moved up and established high camp and prepared for summit day. On the 14th January the fog lifted enough to push for the summit in eerie cloud fog conditions. There are huge snow mushrooms on the summit ridge that I am not sure if anyone knows exactly why they form. Up there in the low visibility you feel you are in some super-natural world. We were able to summit in the late afternoon.

I am now only one mountain – Ojos del Salado – away from completing the Volcanic 7 Summits. I will be starting this climb in about 10 days. It is the highest volcano in South America and the highest volcano in the world at 6893m (22,615 feet) straddling the border between Chile and Argentina.

I hope to inspire both young and old to Dare to Reach all they can be. It takes making hard decisions to begin a personal challenge, to persevere, to suffer and to risk failure. However such formidable rewards to body, mind and soul are immeasurable. The deep realization of achievement reaches deep within and lasts a lifetime.

Please LIKE and follow and get the word out that we all have greatness in us. It is just about making the decision to get that greatness out of the shadow in us.

 

MAKE IT HAPPEN

D Day has arrived-Flying to ANTARCTICA

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D Day has arrived. Flying to ANTARCTICA today to climb the highest volcano on the Ice Continent. CRAZY – yes. But as a friend with MS said, “I wish I could still be crazy”. I am lucky indeed at 70 years old to have such an opportunity to still be fit and able to break barriers and reach lofty goals on some of the most isolated and extreme frontiers on the planet. Why do I do it. My hope is to make a clear statement that regardless of age, sex or any other factor, we all have in us great strength to reach goals far beyond our expectations. But it takes a decision to ‘go for it’. It is not a dream at night. It is a dream by day. To dare to reach as far as the imagination allows. It is about being alive and taking advantage of all we can be, and not regret what we could have been.

If I can poke young or old to take a chance on pushing their edge to reach pride in themselves, believe me – I will be inspired. As a board member at Esprit de Corps Foundation I saw so many faces filled with joy of accomplishment after climbing Mt. Washington in the winter. They were single parents who were determined to know who they really were. And the experience of pushing through barriers and hardship to reach their summit changed them forever. But it takes starting down that road to learn and grow.

Mount Sidley is in the remote Marie Byrd Land of the Executive Committee Range in Antarctica. This is my #6 volcano of my challenge to climb all the Volcanic 7 Summits (V7S) in one year at 70. Please follow and show your support to help me reach all those who DARE TO DREAM.

success on pico de orizaba #5

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Thursday 21 December 2017 I successfully summited Mount Orizaba (5636m/ 18491’) in Mexico. After 5 days of acclimatizing on volcanoes  Iztaccilhuatl and Orizaba itself, we finally had a long 18 hour day climbing from high camp (16900′) up the glacier to the summit and back down to low camp in the dark. The glacier was very icy and we needed to belay down the 1500′ to the rocks. I must admit I had nothing left in me at the end. Team: Michael Hamill, guide; Tim Igo; Zav Mahlum; Clint Kugler; Mat Wood; Kent Stewart; Andrew Gregory; myself Theodore Fairhurst.

This makes #5 in my year challenge to climb all 7 of the Volcanic 7 Summits in one year at 70 years old. This project began last May 2017. I am scheduled to fly to Antarctica early January 2018 to Mt. Sidley and then after I come off the Ice Continent I plan to go directly to Ojos del Salada, the highest volcano in the world, on the border between Chile and Argentina.

I have had the great fortune over the years to climb many mountains and volcanoes around the world, and just a few days ago this high-altitude volcano Orizaba (5636m/ 18491’) in Mexico, the highest in North America. These opportunities and challenges to climb mountains has certainly enriched me in ways I may never fully realize. One thing I know is I am very lucky to have the desire and spirit to choose this lifestyle for myself. I have encouraged family and friends to reach out past their grasp to discover the great strength we all have within us. We are bombarded everyday to live up to others demands and expectations and we can lose sight of why we are here and how unique we all are. If we are not inspired everyday to be all that we can, then we are losing special time, and time is measured. Life doesn’t care if you are happy or sad, and being both is life, so taking control of your direction entirely rests in your own hands. Don’t count on a bigger or smaller power to help you realize your profound greatness. It is not a question of quantity of pursuits but it is a question of quality of achievement. Reaching the summit is really cool, but getting out there daring and pushing your limit is the real great.

Being out in NATURE is my way to achieve this balance. Studies clearly demonstrate its healing power. However, there are many avenues available to challenge and learn about ourselves. The key I think is not to be afraid to poke our fears and doubts and move our confidence level continuously higher to the next degree. There are many ways to describe it: passion for life, go for it: get out of your comfort zone: follow your dreams: but the point is to be alive and getting the most and best from yourself. I am no guru but that seems obvious to me. Use it or lose it – mind, body and soul. Make high expectations of yourself. What do you have to lose that you can’t build stronger. You can be more than you think you can be.

THE MAGIC AND GENIUS OF BEING BOLD.

I wish everyone an INSPIRED 2018.

Mt. Giluwe, Papua New Guinea

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After 11 hours of hiking up through dense jungle and grassy equatorial highlands following a ridge over many hilltops we arrived in the rain at basecamp.

Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Monday October 9 we climbed up a steep couloir (about 65 degrees on the upper 150m) to the summit of Mount Giluwe. The climb was pretty straight forward but more exposed and technical than I was expecting. There was little room for error in some places. We were mostly in slow drifting engulfing clouds but the jagged saw-tooth mountains would gradually appear out of the mist. The whole landscape has a fairy tale beauty.

summit Mt. Giluwe

scaling Mt. Giluwe

I shared a sincere special affinity with my Papuan guide and porters. Under a tarpaulin shelter built on the edge of a miniature forest on the grassy sloped highlands they started a fire in the rain and cooked on the coals sweet potato, corn & rice. Papuans are gentle and friendly and so willing to help. Unfortunately life expectancy is only about 45 years because of a poor lifestyle and lack of modern infrastructure.

basecamp Mt. Giluwe

Giluwe is the highest volcano (4368m) in Oceania and it is # 4 reached on my challenge to climb all 7 of the Volcanic Seven Summits (highest volcano on every continent) in my 70th year. To date since May I have climbed Mt. Elbrus – Russia/ EUROPE (June 2nd); Mt Kilimanjaro- Tanzania/ AFRICA (June 11th); Mt. Damavand – Iran/ ASIA (September 29); Mt. Giluwe – PNG/ OCEANIA (October 9). THE WORLD IS HUGE. WE DETERMINE HOW BIG WE DARE TO ENVISION OUR LIVES.

MOUNT DAMAVAND, IRAN

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I summited Mount Damāvand in Iran yesterday 29 September 2017. It is the highest volcano in Asia at 5610m. It is now no. 3 in my challenge at 70 to climb the Volcanic Seven Summits in one year. Elbrus and Kilimanjaro completed in May/ June.

Summit of Mt. Damavand with Babak Kheirjoo

I climbed it in 3 days only, which is quite fast for this size of mountain. Winds were about 75kph. At the summit the mountain emits powerful Sulfuric smoke and gas as seen in the photo.

Sulfuric gas cloud

Damavand is very near the Caspian Sea which dramatically impacts its weather and has a special place In Persian Mythology. It is a potentially active volcano.

Tomorrow I fly to Papua New Guinea to climb Mount Giluwe, the highest in Oceania.

Our lives are based on DEFINING MOMENTS. But they are only defining when we have acted on those moments.

Climbing Mt. Damavand was great. Experiencing culture and people in the raw is so rich. On the mountain i met so many extraordinary and welcoming people. Knowing I was from Canada they opened their arms. I was touched when one man gave me his trail mix just in passing. Mr. Hosenpur from the Pulur Climbing Federation embraced me and said I was the 1st Canadian in more than 5 years to climb Damavand. It is very dear to Iranians and I met a woman climbing the mountain who is a doctor from Tehran who pushed herself to the extreme to realize her dream to climb Damavand. I feel honored to see such beauty and greatness in the world.

CANADA DAY + MUDDY MTN. BIKING

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HAPPY CANADA DAY

Puja Ceremony at Everest Base Camp 2010 with Al Hancock’s large Canadian Flag. Beautiful Buddhist Prayer Flags streamed all around. Celebrate our great Nation and Spirit July 1 2017.

Mountain Everest Puja Ceremony

Muddy wet trails mountain biking at its best. “GO FOR IT”. Live Life or Go Home.  Lac des Seize Iles with Marc-Antoine Laporte.

“TOUCHING NATURE is TOUCHING YOUR SOUL”

 

 

VOLCANIC 7 SUMMITS AT 70 CHALLENGE

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I have now completed climbing Mt. Elbrus, June 2nd (Europe) and Kilimanjaro, June 11th (Africa). This was my 2nd time climbing these two mountains. In 2012 I also climbed them in my quest to climb the 7 Summits (highest mountain on every continent) which was an eight year project I reached in 2014.

Now as many of you know my new challenge at age 70 is to climb the Volcanic 7 Summits in one year. Fortunately the next 5 mountains will be new climbs for me. Damavand, Iran; Giluwe, Papua; Pico de Orizaba, Mexico; Ojos del Salado, Chile; Sidley, Antarctica.

I am doing this surely for me as a new decade challenge, but my real driving purpose is to be an example to all generations, especially Millennials, to get out into Nature themselves. Einstein once said: “Look deep into Nature, and you will understand everything better”. Nature holds such extraordinary originality of wildlife, terrain, weather and pure raw beauty. Nature is the ultimate experience to find out who you are and what you have in you. The more we are in her fold, the more we love her, and the more we love Nature, the more we will want to protect and fight for her.


I DARE all of you reading this post to take on your own challenge this year in the mountains, rivers, oceans or forests. Something that will push you out of your comfort zone. See what amazing strengths of body, mind and spirit you have in you. You will never know unless you make that DECISION to get out there and ‘go for it’.

And if you possibly can please be generous to a cause of your choice to support and enrich NATURE. All of you who share these great values please post on your timeline. We need to act collectively to save out flora and fauna for future generations.
Touching Nature is Touching Your Soul.
Thank you.

Mount Everest Deaths: Min Bahadur Sherchan & Ueli Steck

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BBC NEWS

Mount Everest: Min Bahadur Sherchan dies attempting record

An 85-year-old Nepali man who was attempting to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest has died at base camp, Nepali officials say.
Min Bahadur Sherchan, a former British Gurkha soldier, was trying to reclaim the record from Japan’s Yuichiro Miura, who climbed Everest aged 80 in 2013.


Mr Miura broke Mr Sherchan’s own record set as a 76-year-old in 2008.
It comes a week after Swiss climber Ueli Steck, 40, died as he prepared to climb the mountain.
Mr Sherchan died at base camp on Saturday afternoon, officials at Nepal’s tourism office said. Doctors suspect he suffered a heart attack, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported.
His long rivalry with Mr Miura – a year his junior – included a 2013 attempt to reclaim the record aged 81 that had to be abandoned after late spring weather conditions worsened.
In 2015 he was on his way to base camp for another attempt when a devastating earthquake struck the country, forcing him and many other climbers to abandon their plans.
“I want to climb Everest to set a record so that it will inspire people to dream big,” he told German news agency DPA in March. “This will instill a sense of pride among old people like me.”

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theguardian

Renowned climber Ueli Steck dies near Mount Everest

Mountaineer known as ‘Swiss Machine’ had been planning to ascend Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse next month

The renowned mountaineer Ueli Steck, known for his rapid ascents of the Alps which earned him the nickname the “Swiss Machine”, has died in an accident in Nepal near Mount Everest.

Steck, who was 40 and one of the most celebrated climbers of his generation, was killed on Sunday after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller peak in the area, according to Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks company that had organised the expedition.

Sherpa told Reuters that Steck’s body had been recovered and was being taken to Kathmandu.

Kamal Prasad Parajuli, an official with Nepal’s department of tourism, confirmed Steck had died while climbing Nuptse and that he had planned an ascent of Everest.

MOUNTAIN BIKING MARSHES

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My favorite back-country mountain biking marshes. In 2 weeks there will be a lush blanket of green. So great to be back in the saddle after winter. I love 4 seasons and the wonderful contrast of sports you do in winter and summer. Can’t imagine biking all year – nor skiing all year. 

TOUCHING NATURE is TOUCHING YOUR SOUL