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Mental Health AwarenessMental Health awareness is growing every decade. The stigma surrounding mental health issues has been lessening but still has a long way to go. Campaigns such as Bell Canada’s Let’s talk really help in raising awareness. Continue reading

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Mountain guide leading group

 

PTSD in mountain guides isn’t a given. Most people are able to move past dangerous situations and move forward. Continue reading

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Cracked egg

There is meaning hidden in the small changes of everyday life, and wisdom to be found in the shards of your most broken moments.

Elizabeth Lesser

 

Broken Open

There is a book entitled, Broken open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser that contains many pearls of wisdom about change, loss, grief, and devastation that is a natural part of our lives.

 

One of the many things that I really appreciate about Lesser’s book is Continue reading

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Cougar Creek 5 days after the flood

This last week Canmore, Banff, Harvie Heights, Exshaw, Calgary, and a number of other communities experienced the worst flood any of us have ever experienced here. It was like a surreal dream to see the devastation unfold. Many of us were in disbelief as Cougar Creek ripped an ever-widening birth taking decks, hot tubs, and deck furniture in its wake. We continued to watch in horror as it tore at the foundations of resident’s homes along the creek and washed over and through the Trans Canada highway leaving mud, rocks, and trees. Continue reading

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Avalanche

A close friend recounted a horrible event to me recently.

He once was alpine touring with a group of five. The longest skiing connection amongst the group was 30 years and the shortest was 2.

Everyone was an experienced skier. Each knew how to dig a snow pit and analyze the conditions. All knew how to use an avalanche beacon. All knew their inherent strengths and weaknesses on the snow, including their varying tolerances for risk. Continue reading

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Skier on mountain topWhat an amazing life!

Winter mountain guides have an amazing job. You take people skiing on amazing, often untracked terrain, lead adrenalin junkies up ice falls, and get to spend all day outside. Oh the life! Continue reading

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skis in snowLast week I made a presentation at the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Annual Conference on the potential psychological impact of avalanches on rescuers and offered ideas on what kinds of services rescue operations should have in place to support staff. Continue reading

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