In October of 1982 Laurie Skreslet became the first Canadian to summit Mt. Everest. Since climbing Everest, Laurie has participated in over 30 world-class expeditions into the Canadian Rockies, Nepal, South America and India.
By connecting the parallels between climbing mountains and the challenges people face on a daily basis, Laurie has become an expert in the field of motivational speaking, presenting his experiences to over 2,000 organizations and more than 500,000 people around the world.
1. Carabineer and various accessories – links whole climbing system together and can hold up to 5,000 lbs. 2. Safety harness – a mix-and-match creation. Used on over 1,000 climbs and is the most efficient piece of equipment. 3. Mountaineering crampons designed for general mountaineering. Provides grip on slippery and icy surfaces. 4. Canada Goose Skreslet Parka in Summit Pink 5. Rock climbing shoes used on over 500 expeditions. 6. High altitude climbing boots used to summit Everest in 1982. 7. Well-used gloves – worn out from consistent use of ice pick and repelling. 8. Ice pick – key piece of survival gear on the mountain.
In 2006, Ray Zahab started his journey by running across the Sahara Desert in an effort to raise awareness about the water crisis in Africa. National Geographic tracked his course while the film “Running the Sahara,” produced by Matt Damon, chronicled their 111-day trek through injury and extreme fatigue.
In the end, he ran over 4,300 miles through Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya and Egypt. The journey would change him forever. After witnessing the crisis firsthand, Ray decided to use all of his future adventures to help draw public attention to the causes that he supports.
In 2008 Ray founded Impossible2Possible (I2P), an organization that inspires and educates youth through adventure learning. I2P creates future leaders whose direct adventure experiences will help them to inspire social and environmental change.
In 2008, Ray entered the Guinness Book Of World Records for his unsupported trek to the South Pole. He completed the journey on foot without use of skis in 33 days, 23 hours and 55 minutes – the fastest time ever.
1. Sunglasses from Atacama expedition 2. GPS 3. Mr. Monkey – a gift from Ray’s 4-year-old daughter 4. Petrified wood from Niger 5. Sandals (to sooth feet after 7,500kms of running) 6. Seashell from center of Sahara Desert 7. Facemask from South Pole 8. Running visor from Death Valley 9. Featherlite Burnaby Shell
Payge McMahon is an adventure athlete and journalist who travels the world inspiring others to get outdoors. Payge has climbed the Himalayan Mountains, summited the highest peaks in Africa, Japan and the Continental U.S.A., and has cycled through countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
As a teen, Payge always excelled as an athlete until a horrific accident left her paralyzed and in an upper body cast, forcing her to learn how to walk again. After years of recovery, Payge made her way to New York where she spent her days working an office job — until one day she walked away from it all.
Wanting more than ‟boardrooms and endless conference calls,” Payge turned to the great outdoors for inspiration. She advocates ‟actions over words” and being thankful for and focused on the things you can do in life, not those you can’t.
Aside from her numerous adventures and her love for the outdoors, Payge spends much of her time volunteering with organizations like Hands on Nashville, the Chaing Mai Elephant Nature Park, the American Cancer Society, Wounded Warriors Disabled Sports Project and Habitat for Humanity.
Currently, Payge is working on a book and is developing a reality TV series based on her real-life adventures. Of course, her thirst for her next quest is always present.
1. Canada Goose Tremblant Pull Over 2. Boarding Pass 3. Ripped Black sports pants (with pink duct tape) 4. Hiker’s Backpack 5. Hiking Boots which have trekked over 400 miles and up/down 70,000 feet 6. Hat 7. Pocket Knife
Lance Mackey has been racing dogs for decades in his native Alaska. His father, Dick Mackey, was one of the founders of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1973. The Iditarod is a 1,200-mile sled race taking place across Alaska’s wilderness. Dick won the Iditarod in 1978, and in 1983 Lance’s brother took the title. Winning the Iditarod soon became a Mackey family affair.
Lance was well on his way to competing in the Iditarod when, in 2001, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. He underwent extensive surgery and radiation and after a four-year racing hiatus, returned in 2005 to compete in the Yukon Quest. This 1,000-mile race of hazardous terrain is mapped out between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska. Lance became the only person to consecutively win the Yukon Quest four years in a row, taking the winning title in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
2007 marked Lance’s return to the Iditarod as well as his long-overdue win; with this victory, he became the third Mackey to become an Iditarod champion. Not settling for one victory, Lance also took home the winning title at the Yukon Quest that same year. Lance continued his winning streak by placing first at both races in 2008 and the Iditarod in 2009. This achievement put Lance in the record books for winning both thousand-mile races back to back, twice in a row.
Lance has been honoured at both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod for taking great care of his dogs and was also nominated twice for an ESPY award. Lance Mackey continues to race and train his dogs in Alaska.
1. Canada Goose Men’s Northern Glove 2. Dog harnesses 3. Fur and leather pilot hat 4. Canada Goose/Lance Mackey Rocky Mountain Bib Overall 5. Iditarod 2009 Beanie 6. Beaver fur mitts originally worn by Dick Mackey (Lance’s father) 7. Mackey Kennel patches 8. Dog booties
Geoff Green founded Students on Ice (SOI) in 1999 with the objective of giving youth an in-depth understanding of and respect for the environment — while inspiring them to protect it. Over the past two decades, the program has taken over 1,800 students, teachers and scientists — from forty-eight countries around the world – on expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic.
SOI’s mandate when it comes to students and these adventures is to not simply provide a “trip,” but rather to give students the opportunity to dive into these ecosystems firsthand through daily educational exercises. Geoff and the SOI staff hope that the program will spur a long-lasting, deep connection between these students and the natural world around them – one that will change their perspectives forever.
In 2005, Geoff received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment. In 2007, the Explorers Club of New York awarded him a merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service.
Most recently, Geoff was recognized as one of “25 Transformational Canadians” and Outpost Magazine named him one of the “Top 5 Explorers to Watch”. When not leading expeditions, Geoff spends his time speaking at schools to further the education of today’s youth about the delicate ecosystems of the world.
1. Canada Goose Lodge Hoody 2. GPS Monitor System 3. Students On Ice official baseball hat 4. Leather boots 5. Full screen GPS 6. Digital watch 7. Sunglasses 8. Pocket-sized utility tool 9. Binoculars 10. Personal photos
Jordan began his quest at the age of nine when he saw a painting of the seven summits in a hallway at school. After that, he was inspired and unstoppable.
At age ten, Jordan conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, making him the youngest person in the world to have achieved this feat. Jordan went on to climb Denali, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid and the highest peaks North America, Europe, South America and Asia. At age thirteen, Jordan climbed the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, again earning him the title of youngest person in the world to do so.
Finally, on December 24th, 2011, Jordan completed his goal of climbing the seven summits when he reached the top of Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica. This officially earned him the distinction of being the youngest person ever to climb the world’s seven summits.
Aside from climbing the world’s most amazing and challenging mountains, Jordan devotes much of his time to speaking to young people at schools across the U.S.A. Jordan’s public speaking engagements are a critical component of his “Find Your Everest” campaign, which encourages kids to kick their junk food habits and discover their passions.
Jordan has much more planned for his upcoming adventures – climbing the seven summits was just the beginning.
1. Canada Goose Skreslet Parka in Summit Pink 2. Climbing permit 3. Protective climbing boot 4. Crampons 5. Goggles 6. Climbing helmet
7. Heavy duty climbing mitts 8. Ice pick