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Off to the Races

The Island contingent has arrived at the North American Climbing Championships. Montreal is being kind to us Islanders, with the snow holding off until Monday and the temps just a tad below freezing. There are seven of us Islanders here: Ashleigh, Maegan, Natasha, Vernon, Liam, Justin and Ben. The challenge tomorrow might be the time change; it is only a 3 hour time difference, but we're meeting at 6 am tomorrow for a 7am Opening Ceremonies. I...

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We Feel A Need for Speed…Climbing

The difficulty portion of the Worlds is now done for Justin and Maegan. I'm super proud of both of them, as they climbed incredibly well - particularly given it is their first time at Worlds. They are both eager to get back to training in the fall, but are now focusing on supporting their 6 teammates tomorrow at semi-finals, as well as competing in the qualifying rounds of the speed competition.  "Speed climbing?!??!", you say? Yes,...

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First Day of Qualifiers

We're part way through the first day of qualifiers. Both Justin and Maegan climbed strong. Maegan topped her route, and Justin got to the tenth clip (out of 12). Woo hoo! There is another qualifying round tomorrow. We hope everyone's summer is going well!   - K. ...

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Blue Mountains to Bondi Beach

It is late (10:30 pm) on Wednesday August 27th. It has been a fun few days of exploring. Justin climbed in the Blue Mountains, and Maegan explored Bondi Beach. Today was a quieter day, with a team trip to Manly Beach, and an afternoon meant to be spent quietly, getting ready for the qualifying rounds tomorrow. We're up early tomorrow, with a 6:45 am breakfast (we're opting for making oatmeal and fruit in the hostel kitchen, rather...

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Sydney by the Sea

We are here! We're tired and slightly stunned, but we're in Sydney and happy. We all knew, conceptually, that Australia is a long way away from Victoria, but our grasp of the obvious was definitely helped by a 15 hour Vancouver-to-Sydney flight. After landing (at 8am Sydney time on Saturday the 23rd), we stored our bags and set off on to take a train and ferry to Taronga Zoo. It is a fabulous place, although...

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