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

WHEN THE GREAT OUTDOORS CALL

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Super day – Super snow – Super Back-Country Skiing

Sunny, Spring in the air. Nature is 10x Cheaper than Therapy. What are you waiting for?

Touching NATURE is Touching Your Soul.

Remarkable Beauty of Ice Walls

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Frozen waterfalls that sometimes happen overnight and big wall Ice Walls made to climb. Either way, each is one of a kind and extraordinarily beautiful. They are so inviting to photograph and climb.

 

DECIDE YOUR NEW OUTDOOR CHALLENGE

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Mike Cohen (February 15, 2017)

A REMARKABLE MAN: Montrealer Theodore Frederic Fairhurst, who turns 70 in April, has had several careers as a fine artist, entrepreneur, high-altitude mountain climber and a public speaker. He has climbed the Seven Summits, including Mount Everest and recently found himself in a jungle in Papua New Guinea. There he got separated from his teammates, finding himself all alone. As night fell and without food, sleeping bag or tent, he had to huddle alone in the pouring rain and listen all night to the sounds and calls of different animals. His new challenge at 70 is to climb the highest volcano on all seven continents (Volcanic Seven Summits) and hopefully poke all generations of people to take on their own goals and get out into Nature.

 

ALIVE IN NATURE

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

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DANGER – ESCAPING INTO NATURE

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WARNING

Do Not over-indulge in the GREAT OUTDOORS. It may reduce anxiety, heart disease, inflammation, cancer. It may extend your life.

Another superb day with Marc-Antoine Laporte on back-country skis in the beautiful Laurentians in Quebec.

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GREAT POWDER SKIING

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Great back-country powder skiing in sun and minus 17°. Found our way out after dark feeling fantastic.Lifestyle, attitude, mindset.

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Fat tire biking in 1st snowfall

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Fun day biking 1st time on fat tire bikes at Oka in the season’s first snowfall with friends Marc Antoine Laporte and Hal Myers. We plan to go back for MORE soon.

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Mountain Biking in the Snow

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Another great day extending the season mountain biking in the snow at Morin Heights with buddies Hal Myers and Marc Antoine Laporte. Life is good.

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