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October 8, 2013
Back in March 2013 I asked my friend and colleague Janelle Curtis if she was interested in leading a team of women up a mountain to raise money for charity, “something to do with educating girls and women”. Despite the vague nature of my request, her answer was an enthusiastic “Yes!” I have been interested in learning more about the girls’ education movement for some...
September 14, 2013
When climbing a mountain, many people will say that one of the best moments is gazing out to the endless landscapes and horizons that stretch seemingly in every direction – new worlds that didn’t exist before, but now have unveiled themselves and are in full sight. Cameron Martin and Matthew Blair’s upcoming Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, however, is not only about gaining new grounds...
July 20, 2013
What do you get when you rally together a bunch of outdoor-loving female scientists around the girls’ rights issue? In Robyn Forrests case, it’s a daunting hiking challenge, and a whole lot of change for some 22 girls in the developing world. Robyn, a PhD and research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and her colleague Janelle Curtis, a conservation biologist, are leading a...
June 16, 2013
I love it when people step up to the plate and use their personal passion and skill to help others reach their potential. And my new friend and fellow climber, Denis Mikhailov, is doing just that. He’s rallied a team of twelve students together (the number to date...the team keeps growing!!) for an outdoor challenge, not only to climb one of Vancouver’s iconic mountains, but also to...
May 25, 2013
Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay’s infamous ascent of Mt. Everest sixty years ago, climbing Mt. Everest has increasingly become a hot topic of controversy and debate. As the mountain becomes more and more crowded, more questions have emerged about the safety and motives behind climbing the world’s highest mountain, the affect this is having on the local communities, and in...

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