Personal Adventures

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Angkor Wat Half Marathon – Siem Reap, Cambodia

December 2016

The Temple City of Angkor Wat was high on my bucket list. Running a half-marathon through the ruins was magical! My time – not so much…

London to Monte Carlo Cycling Challenge

June 2015

A group of 15 – 13 Brits and 2 Canadians (my friend Ralph and I) cycled 1,400 km in 8.5 days from London – across the Alps – into Monaco. AMAZING TRIP.

Gran Paradiso, Italy

August 2013

I joined a group to learn glacier climbing techniques and then applied it to climb to the summit of Gran Paradiso – the highest mountain in the Italian Alps. Pretty amazing adventure with beautiful scenery

Boston Marathon

April 2013

Another bucket list item. I was selected in a lottery to run Boston 2013 (no, I wasn’t fast enough to qualify). But I wanted to run fast enough in Boston so that I could have qualified. As it was, I was a few minutes off. But the people and experience was phenomenal. And I finished about 30 minutes before all of the craziness with the bombing. Scary.

Jhomolhari, Bhutan

September 2010

Bhutan is a magical place – the kingdom where happiness is measured not GDP. It was clean, beautiful and the people were amazing.  Jhomolhari is a sacred mountain – the peak can’t be climbed by climbers. Our group climbed to the base camp (about 4,400 m above sea level). This is sunrise at base camp looking at Jhomolhari

Andes and Machu Picchu, Peru

November 2009

Machu Picchu was another bucket list destination. I joined a group in Peru, trekked through the Andes and came into Machu Picchu to see the sun rise. Incredible experience.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

September 2008

For over 15 years, I have wanted to climb Kilimanjaro – the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. The neat thing about Kili is that it is not technical – just altitude and endurance.  I finally had the opportunity to take some time off and chase this goal. It was tough but amazing – and left the climbing bug in me.