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James Ryan
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SUCCESS !!! Day 100 of my #100DayPaddleChallenge was absolutely incredible!! Special thanks to the entire crew out of Buffalo, NY (Carl, Nath Alie, Jojo, Richard and David) for travelling up to the Great White North so that we could all paddle together on this momentous occasion. We had a tonne of fun together playing...
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“Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.” – Patricia CornwellAs I sheltered myself from the impending thunderstorm, tucked beneath the branches of a big ‘ol hickory tree located somewhere along the rocky shoreline of Lake Ontario, I knew right then and there that getting myself off of the water when I did...
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Whenever I’m asked about sleeping bags from would-be campers, I’m often reminded of a time in my life when I knew very little about wilderness camping. One memory in particular that comes to mind would be from late-August of 2007 when I decided to take my 10-year old son up to Algonquin Provincial Park...
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Interview with Sensei Paul Louis Roentgen By: Sensei James Ryan St. Catharines Wado Kai Karate “Learning the art of self-preservation (also known as self-defense) is achieved through a series of blocks, punches, kicks, strikes, movements, and combinations. By practicing on a daily basis, both physically and mentally, with the thought of becoming a complete...
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10 Questions with Sensei Darren Marshall By: Sensei James Ryan St. Catharines Wado Kai Karate “Enjoy every waking moment. Learn to be aware of your surroundings. Empower yourself by being aware, alive and enthusiastic.” – Sensei Darren Marshall (Godan), Toronto I first met Sensei Darren Marshall on a karate-related road trip down in Atlantic...
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“People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves, than by those found by others.” – Blaise Pascal The first time I ever heard about merino wool, I was on an overnight hiking adventure during a typically cold February evening in minus 20-degree weather. My trail partner, Jonathan, who by 4am had already...
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On June 22nd, myself, along with 19 other members of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (including Senseis Ron Mattie, Brad Cosby and Neil Prime) all drove down together and participated in an event better known as Karate College, which has taken place down in Radford, Virginia for the past 30 years. This year’s...
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Greetings everyone! As many of you probably know by now, Jonathan Toews (pronounced toes not taves) has been hiking along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat Depression. It’s pretty amazing actually. At first, I...
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As many of you may already know (or not), I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jonathan Toews, a local athlete who plans to hike along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat...
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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Niagara hiking enthusiast Jonathan Toews to discuss his upcoming plans to hike along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, which he plans to accomplish on weekends by hiking 24 consecutive hours on five...
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In my last post, I talked about my desire to hike all the way across Short Hills Provincial Park before eventually turning around and heading back to the Rockway Conservation Area prior to sunset, only I didn’t quite make it all the way across. Without knowing exactly how much more distance I needed to...
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DISCLAIMER: Before attempting any level of exercise, please consult with your physician to ensure that you are in good physical condition and able to participate in any of the explained activities. You should understand that when participating in any form of an exercise program, there is always the possibility of physical injury. If you...
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“This is the way we fall. First we lose our balance, teetering precariously on the edge of uncertainty, until, mercilessly, gravity takes over. You can’t outshine gravity.” ― Cassia Leo When I set out to hike along the Bruce Trail from the Rockway Conservation Area all the way to Short Hills Provincial Park, I...
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As some of you may recall from my last hike, I finally committed myself to trekking across every inch of the Bruce Trail, starting here in the Niagara Region, and then eventually, over an undetermined amount of time, hike the remainder of the trail all the way up to beautiful Tobermory. Something else that...
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“The unexplored life is not worth living.” ― Plato All this past week, one of the things that I’ve been looking forward to the most on my day off was just getting back out onto the Bruce Trail and picking up where I left off. It occurred to me on my last hike that...
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I couldn’t tell you how I got my hernia. All I know is, I had this walnut-sized, mysterious bump in my lower abdomen, and truthfully, I didn’t think much of it at the time. It wasn’t until my regular check-up at my doctor’s office that he told me rather nonchalantly that it was a...
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Over the years, I know I’ve spoken to a lot of people about my many wilderness adventures, particularly those spent over the past decade with my son in Algonquin Provincial Park. My son and I have had a lot of incredible adventures together, which subsequently, I plan on sharing in great detail in my...
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After work today, I hung out for a bit at the Prince of Wales Hotel in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario, Canada), where I happened upon an old acquaintance of mine – Peter Crabtree of Crabtree Publishing. Peter was one of the many consultants who I chose to add as a dedication in my book Desolate...
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“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn For the past twelve months, my life as a writer has looked as follows: I spent nine months literally rewriting and formatting every single word...