… I choose to surround myself with like-minded people who love to do and believe in the possibilities. Life comes with risk, every time we get up. No-one gets away scot-free. I accept that my life, now almost blind, has more risk than it did 5 years ago, 10 years ago and for that matter 20 years ago when my vision was less severely impaired. The biggest risk of withdrawing from an active lifestyle is the presence of irrational fear and the loss of confidence in myself. I believe this is the same for us all. Only when we are challenged are we inspired to become our greatest selves.”
Today was my second time on a mountain bike in twenty years. I headed off with my most competent bike guide Jim Alix, heading towards McGillivray Lake at Sun Peaks, B.C. The trail is about 5 kilometres up to the lake and five return, with … Continue readingMountain Bike Trail Riding
When I told my son and daughter I was going to start Blind CrossFit they both exclaimed: “Oh mom, I don’t know if that is the best thing for you. It’s tough and fast.” I must admit, I wondered myself. I’d researched via the internet … Continue readingBlind CrossFit
Today our hiking group, now called SPOG (Sun Peaks Outdoor Group) has grown to an email list of over a hundred. We regularly get 10–15 hikers out weekly. Today 13 of us decided to walk up the downhill mountain bike trails that will be used … Continue readingExtreme Blind Hiking 2016: Riding the Roots
This year we have received amazing snow at Sun Peaks. Fresh powder week after week. It’s hard to take a day off. This season I am working with Neil Connors as my instructor. I am guided again by Veronica Connors and tail gunner Lana Degaust. … Continue readingSkiing 2016
Back on the slopes, Season 5, after a ten year break. Happy to report that my 10 week lesson set through ASSP (Adaptive Sports Sun Peaks) last year has stood me in good stead. The first few days of the season were beautiful snow with … Continue readingBack On The Slopes!
(Featured image: First Annual Grand Charity Golf Tournament for BC Adaptive Snow Sports; photo by Alpine Images) For blind people to be active it takes a team of friends and energy. I couldn’t do what I do alone. They say it takes a village to raise … Continue readingBlind golf, it takes a team
Well, this is my second blog on hiking. We have made some adjustments to the how-to’s of blind hiking. Our latest hike took in a bigger group than ever. Twenty-two of us hiked, west of the Burfield chairlift, out of ski area boundary, to a … Continue readingTweaking Blind Hiking Techniques
Blind paddleboarding is a great example of the teamwork, nuances and pieces of the puzzle that must fit together to enable a blind or severely visually impaired person to be out there. In the summer of 2014 I arrived with 7 girlfriends to take a … Continue readingBlind Paddleboarding – True Freedom!
On each blog I like to mention, they say it takes a village to raise a child. I give great gratitude to my community as it takes a community for me to enjoy and participate in all the activities I do. The picture of the … Continue readingHiking Blind-It takes a team!