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January 8, 2019

It has been over a year since my last blog post! It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes by. This last year was filled with much less adventure than usual on account of my foot reconstructive surgery, but also my mad dash to the finish line with my PhD thesis wh...

December 13, 2017

This year started off with lots of fun and promise, as reported in My 2017 Year in Review Part 1. More wonderful adventures were had, but I certainly did not meet all of my goals, especially because my European climbing trip involved a lot more hiking and less climbing...

December 13, 2017

By Cora Skaien and Nicole Barrette

Pre-amble: In late 2016, we decided to apply for the Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant (NMAG, Link 1, Link 2). We were looking for an angle that could be considered unique and exciting, and that is when we came across the Ladies Scottish...

December 10, 2017

Back Story

When I was in fifth grade, I hurt my foot. They x-rayed it, saw no abnormalities and sent me home, telling me to be careful and then continue as normal. I was then on crutches off and on for the next 8 months, and as a fat kid, was essentially told to suck it...

November 21, 2017

After a few days off from our Dolomites adventure, Jake and I spent a day in the beautiful capital of Slovenia, Ljubliana, before heading to Triglav National Park on July 15, 2017. This was truly one of the greenest and most beautiful European cities I have ever seen a...

November 20, 2017

Jake Jones and I became best buds and regular adventure buddies during his time on exchange at UBC. Sadly, he had returned to Manchester to finish his degree. When Nicole Barrette and I received the Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant to explore Scotland and I knew I was he...

May 11, 2017

Making life decisions can be hard. In our society, it seems that we have a lot of pressure to know what we want to do with the rest of our lives by the time we are 18 or 19. This seems absolutely ridiculous! At this stage, you have only had memories for 13-15 years, kn...

April 19, 2017

This year has been full of a lot of wonderful adventures, and just when I thought I was too old to learn new skills and improve my abilities, I surprised myself and became a sufficient skier and began conquering my head game in climbing. I bought a Beach Pass to Cypres...

March 6, 2017

In February 2016, I had a wonderful trip climbing in Red Rocks, Nevada, with a group of fantastic people. This year, I wanted to go back and get on some new routes. I assembled a group with some of my favourite climbing buddies and other acquaintances, including Shell,...

February 13, 2017

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” 
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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