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How My Dad’s Gift of $300 Nearly Got Me Killed

“Woosh” my bamboo walking pole plunges effortlessly into the knee-deep snow. With the numbed fingers of my left hand I clasp at some sparse shrubbery. Suddenly, my right foothold slips. Then, my left sinks, deep into the wet snow. Fuck. I thrust my body into the mountain [...]

Touchdown in The Fabled Valley: Managing expectations, excitement and encryption policy at RightsCon 2016

I’m on a plane to San Francisco. Finally.

I have quixotically built up this destination in my mind for years. While studying ‘entrepreneurship’ during my undergrad, while helping build a Canadian-based technology-enabled social enterprise startup upon graduation, [...]

Backcountry Bliss – A Ski Expedition to Sydney Vallance (Fryatt) Hut

‘This is dumb!’ I exclaimed as my left boot plunged into the snow. Were the moon not obstructed by the sheer cliff that perched immediately above me, I’m sure I would have seen it snickering at me. 220 vertical metres of boot-packing over an 800 metre span at the end of a [...]

First-hand observations from the frontier of the migrant crisis

My girlfriend, Em, and I spent the past two days volunteering at a refugee camp in southern Slovenia. It was insightful. Read about our experience and observations.

During four months of living and traveling in central and eastern Europe we had shared many [...]

Itchy Upper Lips: A Snapshot into the Bolivarian Cult

Setting the Stage
I had just returned from two weeks of epic adventuring at the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro and was ready to re-immerse myself in the craziness of Caracas.

July 5th was Independence Day. I wanted to find a celebration. I polled some of my [...]