40 Degrees Below and Still Smiling

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Snowshoeing up Olympia and Cross Mountains with Marc-Antoine Laporte in 40° below zero (with wind chill) and still smiling. Get out there and burn calories in any weather and have great fun feeling proud of your determination and achievements.
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FKT (FASTEST KNOWN TIMES)

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Kilian Jornet

Expect the growing FKT movement to shed its scrappy, unpublicized existence next spring. That’s when Jornet will head to Mount Everest without oxygen, carrying only the slimmest survivalist’s pack of food, water, and protective gear, and attempt to lay down a new record on the world’s most scrutinized peak. Jornet hasn’t settled on his precise route or starting point yet, but he does have a time in mind: 20-some hours up, 35-ish back down. Bottom to top to bottom in one weekend.

Jornet’s emergence as a crossover star in the high-risk sport of alpinism comes as little surprise to anyone paying mild attention to trail running over the past decade. He’s been Sky Running world champ six of the past seven years while also dominating the most prestigious ultra races—Western States 100, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc—and more than a dozen smaller muscle flexers, including the Pikes Peak Marathon and the World Championship of Ski Mountaineering. During his debut at last summer’s Hardrock 100, considered America’s toughest ultrarunning course, he threw back a midrace tequila shot and dillydallied at an aid station because he was lonely and wanted the second-place runner to catch up and keep him company. Socializing complete, he surged off to crush the course record by 40 minutes.

 

http://www.outsideonline.com/1927476/fkt-kilian-jornets-insane-new-sport

British explorer Henry Worsley dies crossing Antarctic

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(CNN)British explorer Henry Worsley has died attempting to be the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided, in an epic charity mission inspired by Ernest Shackleton.

The 55-year-old former British Army officer died after being airlifted to a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile, suffering severe exhaustion and dehydration.

The father-of-two was found to have bacterial peritonitis (a bacterial infection in the abdomen), after having trekked around 913 miles unaided across the South Pole — just 30 miles short of his end goal.

Worsley was 71 days into his record-breaking solo mission to complete the legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s unsuccessful crossing of Antarctica in the early 1900s.

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But Worsley was forced to call for help on Friday amid blizzard conditions, and in poor health he was airlifted to hospital.

Worsley’s last statement sent from Antarctica said: “The 71 days alone on the Antarctic with over 900 statute miles covered and a gradual grinding down of my physical endurance finally took its toll today, and it is with sadness that I report it is journey’s end — so close to my goal.”

Prince William, a friend of Worsley and a patron of the Shackleton Solo Expedition, said he and his brother Prince Harry were saddened by the news. “He was a man who showed great courage and determination,” he said. “We are incredibly proud to be associated with him.

“Even after retiring from the Army, Henry continued to show selfless commitment to his fellow servicemen and women, by undertaking this extraordinary Shackleton solo expedition on their behalf.”

Worsley’s wife Joanna said: ‘It is with heartbroken sadness I let you know that my husband Henry Worsley has died following complete organ failure; despite all efforts of ALE [Worsley’s expedition team] and medical staff at the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile.

“Henry achieved his Shackleton Solo goals: of raising over £100,000 ($142,000) for the Endeavour Fund, to help his wounded colleagues, and so nearly completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic landmass. A crossing made, under exceptionally difficult weather conditions, to mark the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition — his lifelong hero.”

I DARE YOU

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I Dare You

Look around you, the fast food industry has won. Political correctness has crept ever more evasively into our society as the norm. Smart devices and electronics have consumed us. Fancy is cool and expensive is better. Where did our spirit of ‘personal best’, passion for adventure, and ‘go for it’ go?

Of course, learning how to mastermind the latest iPhone or computer software is an adventure but, can you take it to the Doctor’s office with you? Internet wonderfully shows the world but, does it replace the real thing? Are we so overworked and overwhelmed by the pressures of family and life that the trees are more vivid than the forest? Where is the robustness in our kids? Reality check: we need something more than entertainment, politics, jobs, and paying the mortgage to realize the extraordinary side of ourselves. I could talk about the high rates of obesity, cancer, mental illness but we all know this picture and haven’t we grown a bit half-hearted toward them. I mean – what can we do?

One thing we can do is dream a bit bigger, and start drawing a picture in our hearts and minds about what a great life is and how we can find personal challenge that drives our passions and feeds our hopes and aspirations. If you don’t take some control over the road you follow in life ultimately you drift and years later wonder where time and opportunity went. It went nowhere but you didn’t seize the moment, realize your potential, follow your gut. We are living in a great age of mostly world peace, easy living through the exciting revolution in electronics, information technology, medical innovation, etc. but we have become lazy with setting personal goals and paying attention to the single biggest assets we have: a healthy strong body and daring mind. A mind is healthier and more creative with a strong body and by the same token the body needs that vibrant mind. A recent Facebook post said it so succinctly “Nature. Cheaper than therapy.

Science is clear, physical activity is essential for a healthy body. It may be a cliché but we only have one life, one shot to get it right. Health is of course about body, but it is also about mind and especially spirit. And frankly, spirit may be the most important of the three. Spirit is the dynamic to help you achieve the impossible, to reach where you never expected you could go. To get up at five in the morning week after week to train to compete, to believe in yourself to overcome injury or illness through daily physical training, to attempt to climb the highest mountain in the world at 63, to start jogging at 300lbs to realize your first half-marathon. Each and every one of us has enormous capacity to dream and reach big, but it takes a decision to get started, passion will then follow, and determination will get you over the hurdle. There is no secret or special DNA we need to reach a goal, it is simply called resolve and love of life. Henry Ford once said “If you think you can do something or you think you can’t do it, you are right.”

Perhaps I have been very lucky in my life to be motivated to push my limits on so many endeavors. I have certainly failed on some, but I wasn’t crushed only inspired to try again with more vigor, experience and know how. From having a love of art and painting in my youth to travelling around the world in my twenties, to building a business in my thirties and forties and then becoming an athlete and mountaineer in my fifties and sixties. One thing I am certain of, with the possible exception of art, I had no exceptional qualities on any of those pursuits. I believe that almost everything we do in life is learned. It is about the lifestyle we choose: who we want to be, what we expect of ourselves and where we want to live and build them.

Regardless of the season, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore, to make that decision to fire up those passions to reach goals you never imagined you could be capable of. They sit just below the surface if you really want to find them. It is never too soon or too late in anyone’s life to stick your chest out knowing you are proud of yourself for having the courage to draw a line in the sand and say: It is now I will bust out of my ‘comfort zone’ and start climbing that mountain one step at a time. Look around you, there are plenty of hills to start skiing, jogging and biking. Not to mention a world of great adventure with your name on it. You can be sure of one thing: Nothing comes easy in life. But that is the beauty of it all. You get out of life what you are willing to put into it.

 I Dare You to Dream Big.

Theodore Fairhurst

FUN Recent Mtn. Biking & Snowshoeing

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Biking December 26st after Christmas finding Santa coming down from the chimney, and mountain biking at Oka and Mount Bruno in the Eastern Townships with Marc-Antoine Laporte, Michael Pelletier and Hal Myers just before Xmas. Finally 1/2 meter of snow to get out and snowshoe in a fairy-tale land near Morin-Heights in the Laurentians. Life is sweet in the absolute solitude in the first snowfall of the season.

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SCOTLAND – Mountain Bike North Sea to Atlantic

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Mountain Bike Coast to Coast across SCOTLAND – video

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Mountain biking across the extraordinarily beautiful Highlands of Northern Scotland in late August. Heather growing everywhere on mountain slopes. We started our challenge in Aberdeen on the North Sea up through Cairngorms National Park across hills and mountains, single track and double, bog, river beds, glacier valleys, rock, root, sand and shrub, and some connecting roads, in sun and rain, to the most western point on the mainland of Britain; Ardnamurchan Point. We rode about 9 hours a day over 6 days and traversed approximately 380 km.

Please see  full story on BLOG below – September 4, 2015

PRIMERICA – SUCCESS SUMMIT 2015 Talk

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Dare to Reach Talk Charlottetown

I had the great privilege to be the guest keynote speaker at the PRIMERICA Atlantic Canada Leadership Council in Charlottetown October 2015. Over the 2 day event I found the leaders to be spirited and positive in their values to build meaningful relationships with their investment clients. They demonstrated a rich entrepreneurial spirit.  Primerica speakers included Chris & Sherri Royce, Darren Fairhurst, Ken Ruffell, Vincent Savard and David Doherty. Cheers.

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iProspect Talk, Montreal

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A wonderful talk to the clients of digital marketing company iProspect in Old Port Montreal October 7 2015. Their annual Summit Day had speakers from Google (Gabriel Verkade) Unlock Brand Creativity through Performance and Facebook (James Chadwick) Be Brave, Make Business Personal.  Immediately following my presentation they had  organized a brave activity to forward rappel down a 25 storey building in the Old Port. What an absolutely genius marketing idea. I stayed for the day, rappelled with the group, and immensely enjoyed the whole day’s events. Bravo.

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Mountain Bike Coast to Coast Across Scotland

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Wow, just back from another great challenge: mountain biking Coast to Coast (North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean) across the Highlands and mountains of Scotland.  Marc-Antoine and I met our team (predetermined) at the train station in Aberdeen Saturday morning 22nd August at 11AM. Our guide Mark Cox from Wilderness Scotland got us sorted out and shuttled the group just out of town to a lighthouse with a huge redfoghorn’ above the lapping waves of the North Sea to begin our adventure across hills and mountains, single track and double, bog, river beds, glacier valleys, rock, root, sand and shrub, and some connecting roads, to the most western point on the mainland of Britain; Ardnamurchan Point. We rode about 9 hours a day over 6  days and traversed approximately 380 km over hill and mountainous terrain.

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Day 1 we followed the Royal Deeside, the route of the old railway line built for Queen Victoria. We then climbed up into the hills and descended some decent singletrack to Glen Tanar, and on to the village of Dinnet just inside Cairngorms National Park (64km).

Day 2 we started on some cool singletrack on the Deeside through birch and pine forest. From Ballater, the route climbs into the heart of the Cairngorms and through Glens Gairn and Avon. This is beautiful wild country and we continued climbing to Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands (60km).

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Day 3 was my absolute favorite but most difficult day of our trip. We started in rain climbing up some back roads winding up to pastures and grazing fields to a rocky snaking river bed that we continually crossed that led to a steep double track that rose to a hilltop with stunning views of rolling hills and long valleys. We dropped down to another river crossing, and then spent the next few hours climbing, dropping or flat out on the best singletrack I have ever been on. It was rocky surrounded by Heather, earth and roots choked by shrubs, it snaked and surprized you at every turn. We crossed barren exposed countryside and beautiful ancient forests to the village of Newtonmore (80km).

Day 4 we followed an old military road into Laggan Wolftrax – one of Scotland’s best mountain bike trail centres. Next we headed up into a remote glacial valley which passes through the heart of the mountains on double and single track which leads us into the West Highlands. We spend the night in Spean Bridge (64km).

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Day 5 we followed a man-made canal to Fort William where we took a short ferry ride across Loch Linnhe and arrived on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. We then headed south and west to ride through (what they call) “one of the Highlands finest glens – remote, wild and dramatic.” We followed the shores of Loch Shiel to the historic village of Glenfinnan and then charged up and down a dirt road bordering this narrow 30 km long loch to a ‘middle of nowhere’ wharf where a most cool ferry piloted by an even more cool captain suddenly arrived to collect 9 weary but happy ‘crazy’ bikers. We motored up the extraordinarily beautiful Loch Shiel to Acharacle (60km).

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Day 6 was another truly awesome day as we headed past a sandy inlet straight up double tract into the hills to some of the most challenging singletrack of the entire trip. We had breathtaking views of Skye, Outer Hebrides and the Small Isles. It was a bit cold, windy and rainy but that added substance and character to the remarkable exposed and astonishing landscape. I was in ‘seventh heaven’ on those rocky, slanted, wet singletracks cramped full of scrubs and low lying bushes. The views of ocean and layered distant hills, the smell of pure misty air, the thrilled apprehension of the gang mountain biking on the real stuff we had come all this way for, was pure unabashed delight.
Finally we pushed on following the coastline and eventually went inland climbing and descending through some villages on roads to an epic finish at Ardnamurchan Point – the most westerly point on the UK mainland (52km).

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A vital part of any challenge or expedition is the team – or more specifically the team dynamic. Over the years I have experienced many different types of teams and of duration from 2 to 65 days. When a team gels it is magic. It is fun, inspiring, and productive.

Mostly unknown to each other, diversified from New Zealand to Spain to Canada, we rolled right into the spirit from day 1. We knew ‘why we were there’ and that we were going to have a great time. We certainly did and now it is called thewhisky coast to coast mtb run.

I came across a poster in the bathroom of my hotel in Inverness that read: ‘LIFE IS NOT ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS, IT IS ABOUT LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN.’ Sounds like an excellent way to live your life.

Team: Guide and mentor extraordinaire Mark Cox; Mark Leadbitter, New Zealand; Marc-Antoine Laporte, Canada; Shelagh Munday, Scotland; Jose Luis Fernandez, Spain; Max Cadonna, Italy; William Neville, England; Craig Little, Scotland; Theodore Fairhurst, Canada.

Back-up, bike repair and support: Paul McCaffrey

Wilderness Scotland organized and delivered an excellent program managing logistics to a tee. Cheers.

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Training for Coast to Coast Scotland

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Leaving for Scotland in 12 days to mountain bike Coast to Coast from Aberdeen in the east to Ardnamurchan (Aberdeen) in the west. I expect it to be an absolute epic week of superb riding of 350km of awesome ascent and descent across the mountains and highland of Northern Scotland

 In preparation yesterday I rode 60 +/-km. biking hills @ 16 Island Lake, Pine Hill, Harrington Lake and Lost River. Beautiful old barn, Canada Geese enjoying shade, rapids of Lost River.

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Today Saturday beautiful morning to wake up to on 16 Island Lake going mountain biking to support culture for the 6th Annual Lac-des-Seize-Iles Bike Tour. New bike trail near Montfort. Sweet

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Skunk-Chuck Wagon-50km Biking

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Fabulous 50 km road biking @ Lost River, St-Michel de Wentworth, Harrington and a ‘skunk family’ I had to move quickly to ‘GET OUT OF THE WAY…’

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Road & Mountain Biking Today

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48km hilly road biking today with Marc-Antoine Laporte at St-Michel de Wentworth followed by 2 hours of mountain biking with Hal Myers preparing for Coast to Coast Mountain Biking across Scotland in August. Laurentians, Quebec.

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