24

October

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Learning How You Learn

NOTE: I get that this is an oddly fringe post for me to share. But I’ve been pondering all this and if there is one person out there who might benefit from it, its will be worth while to share it. So, READ ON! A couple weeks ago I was sitting with a friend reviewing for a quiz just outside the lecture hall of the photography class I’m currently taking. We both knew the material well and were spouting off names and dates and significances of certain images, when a young girl in our class chimed in, “How do you remember all that stuff!” In that instant I remembered that when I was her age, I was just learning how [...]

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Category: Inspiration

16

September

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What is Your Relationship with Wild Places

I’ve been, again, pondering the concept of our relationship with wild places. I’m offering just a teaser here to help provoke some thought on your end. I’d love to hear what yours has been or what you wish it to be. Email or comment here or on FB as desired: Various relationships may come and go but those that are memorable or that we continue to nurture, may in part be the engagements in which we are free to roam without contingencies. Not just a freedom to literally move about as we wish, but outside encouragement for an unfettered roaming of the mind. An unsystematic perusal of one’s self. Yet I haven’t sorted out whether its possible for humans to [...]

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Category: Inspiration

25

July

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How the Subculture of Backpacking is Similar to Regular Culture in Bhutan

If you are reading this then you got past the title enough to click on it, perhaps by thinking, “Hmmm, that’s odd,” or, “Is that a cultural slam to Bhutan?” (non-backpackers might go there), or perhaps, “That doesn’t seem accurate.” From my big experience with both backpacking and Bhutan none of those suppositions are correct. So what’s with the fringe title to this post? On my recent fastpacking trip in the Sierra, the friendly warmth of Bhutan came to mind many times. Here’s why. When backpacking, it is not only common practice but kind of an unspoken ‘rule’ that when you come across another person on the trail going the opposite direction that you’ll stop and chat with them. At [...]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

07

July

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A Moment of the Allure of Fastpacking (or not)

We decided to end day 3 of our several day foray on the lower 100 mile section of the John Muir Trail at around 11 PM. Unusually, our selected sleep spot happened to be near other hikers in a very used camp area with a bear box (a metal container which, if locked properly, protects the bears from our food). Nancy and I had been jovially referring to ourselves as the stray dogs of the trail while tucking into nooks and crannies of the granite landscape to sleep. But this night would define our self imposed nickname. When one decides to go very light on a trek many items such as a tent, stove, fuel, pot, most all toiletry items, [...]

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Category: Adventure

18

June

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I Have Ants in My …Travel Mojo

“Do you think travel is an addiction?” I randomly probed my friend Greg, a frequent travel and adventure companion. “Yes,” he replied deadpan and surprisingly quick. “Hmmmm,” I perused, “I’ve never considered myself addicted to anything, but I definitely feel a strong yearning or restless angst if I haven’t ventured out for a bit. I can’t seem to shake it.” Greg shot me a knowing grin. If I don’t have a finalized travel experience looming, an idea brewing or preparations in full swing, I feel compelled to engage in one of the above before things get kinda, antsy. Greg is one of a select few hearty types that I send emails to with ideas like; “How about if we do [...]

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Category: Adventure

11

June

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What is There to Love About Swimming in the Cold, Murky Ocean?

When the tail end of a wave flattens out, slides up the sand and swiftly paints my feet and ankles, I like to guess the temperature of the water. Even if it happens to be in the high 50’s, which for Santa Cruz is what we gleefully call ‘warm’, the startling chill will strike for the second time when I get waist deep. Salt water oozes into the zipper on the backside of my wetsuit like a subcutaneous injection of ice cream. If my ankles ache as I linger to adjust my goggles I know I’ll get jaw freeze when my face hits the murky water and that about half way through the swim, fingers will flop uselessly with the [...]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

About Me

endurance athlete..speaker..writer..coach..sport psychology consultant..photographer

Few athletes surpass Terri Schneider’s consistency, durability, longevity and charisma in endurance sports. As a pioneer in several sports, she has blazed a path through the endurance world that combines a zeal to experience new cultures and remote landscapes, with a hunger to push her physical and mental limits. Terri’s passion is to share these experiences with others as a motivational speaker, author, coach, consultant and photographer.

As an adventure racer, triathlete, ultrarunner and mountaineer, Terri has raced and adventured in over 70 countries. Through the hundreds of events in which she’s excelled she’s established herself as one of the most diversely experienced multi-sport endurance athletes and coaches in the world.

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