Challenging Yourself is the Best Way to Grow


For the past 13 years I have spent my professional career leading people on expeditions in the wild parts of the United States and Canada. I believe that novel and challenging experiences, especially those in the outdoors, help people learn about themselves and grow. That belief has been the basis of my work with several organizations.

This winter I am attempting to circumnavigate Vancouver Island in a solo sea kayak. Although this trip has been done many times in the milder summer months, a successful winter journey has not, to my knowledge, been documented. This trip will certainly be the most difficult I have been on. I hope to learn many news things about sea kayaking, expeditioning, and of course, myself! I’ll be documenting the process of preparing for the trip and continue to write updates while I am out on the trip.

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can
— Herman Melville