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Banff Norquay Via Ferrata – Iron Road to the Sky

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Banff Via Ferrata

Climbing Via Ferrata – Banff’s Newest Adventure Activity

Italian for “iron road”  via ferrata is a protected mountain route equipped with fixed cables, rungs or ladders and bridges.  Originating in the 19th century, the roots of via ferratas are most commonly associated with the First World War. Several were built in the Italian Dolomites to aid in the movement of troops.

Today 1000 routes exist worldwide drawing those with a spirit of adventure and a love of the outdoors.

Banff Via FerrataWelcome to the newly opened via ferrata on Mount Norquay in Banff National Park. Hubby and I couldn’t get there fast enough to experience the thrill.

Banff Via FerrataCertified guides lead clients over a suspension bridge, up series of ladders and fixed anchors. Participants and their guides wear climbing harnesses with safety leashes at all times.

Below you can see how the safety leashes on the harness clip into the cable with carabiners…

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A Bat Cave Like No Other

What an Amazing World!

gl01 Goa Lawah Temple

Bli Komang took us along the main coastal road in eastern Bali where earlier that day he introduced us to what is now my favorite place on the island: Taman Ujung Sukasada. Passing by trucks loaded with high quality sand from the slopes of Mount Agung, we arrived in one of the most important puras for Balinese Hindus: Pura Goa Lawah. Under the midday sun people donning white ceremonial costumes and colorful sarungs gathered outside the temple, talking to each other at warungs, set against the coastline of the Lombok Strait.

With the help of Bli Komang we put our sarungs, lent by our trusted driver himself to avoid the occasionally persistent sarung vendors often found at temples all over the island. As we stepped inside the pura’s front yard, men carrying cymbals and gongs in different sizes were sighted while others assembled at a…

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The Plague of Possessions in Literature

Writer vs the World

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Throughout the past few years, our attention has been drawn to Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic stories. We have been enamored with vampires and obsessed with werewolves. We have been compelled by the struggles of our heroines stuck in stark Dystopian worlds that are bent on control and destroying the independent nature of humanity. And yet, a small trend began to emerge right beneath our noses. This trend straddles the realm of the Urban Fantasy genre and is completely outside of where this genre has been going recently. Instead of shocking us with the horrors of what could be, this trend grabs our attention with its clever tongue-in-cheek. It uses description and setting in a memorable way and forces us to look in the mirror and evaluate what it is we as a society value. The theme or trend I am referring to, I shall call the theme of “stuff.”

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