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Certified in Wilderness First Aid

In May 2009, I acquired the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification from SOLO.  I was anxious attending this course as I’ve never been interested in learning this skill set, however after hiking miles into the backcountry with my son and many others I dealt with the anxiety and took the course.  It’s been a few years and my certification had …

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At Squad School

Rather odd that as I arrived in New York that there was an earthquake in New Hampshire and then later that night one in Texas.  I had family and friends contacting me from both states about the earthquake joking about the end of the world.  And where was I?  I was about to embark on a 5-day boot camp that …

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Learning New Skills

After I finished grad school, I discovered that I had a great amount of time on my hands.  I knew that if I sat back and relaxed that I would become a couch potato and not grow as an individual.  Yea, sure, I played some World of Warcraft, watched football a bit, however I wanted needed some adventure in my …

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Hiking Mount San Antonio

After years of hiking in New England, where the highest peak is 6288 ft (1917 m), I had the opportunity to summit my first peak over 10,000 ft (3068 m). What an experience and I was able to share it with two of my best friends.  We left San Diego about 5am and 3.5 hours later we are starting the …

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Skydiving in Maine

Last Thursday, 22-October, a very good friend and I went over to Skydive New England where we had signed up to take the AFF (accelerated free fall course).  This course would give the training required to skydive without going tandem.  No other students were in our class that day, therefore we were able to do the entire curriculum in just over 5 hours. …

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Hiking Tuckerman Ravine

When I moved to New Hampshire, one of the first places I visited was Mount Washington via the auto-road; at that time I was not hiking.  I had read that some of worst weather in the world was here.  With wind speeds over 230 mph and temperatures below -100 F, I was very intrigued.  To top it off, this was part of …