Calling All Outdoor Gear Enthusiasts! (Take this survey.)

Take the Highline Magazine survey!

Take the Highline Magazine survey!

Mountain people often get a bad rap for being a bunch of gear junkies. But Highline Magazine thinks there’s more to the story. We’re conducting a survey to get to know our readers (and their gear closets) better! You’ll find some of the results in the Fall 2014 Issue as part of a piece I’m working on…

So, if you love the outdoors and the gear that gets you there, please take the time to fill out this survey, and you could win a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Co-op!

Take the survey!

New Publication: Iron Deficiency

Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 11.32.31 AMOutdoor, travel, adventure…if I could add one more area that I am truly passionate about, it’s wellness. Some of you know that for the past two years I have been involved in the launch of a healthy living website for Canadians called tuja wellness. I have contributed as an editor, writer and marketing lead and this project has been one of the most gratifying for me thus far.

Working on a project that is inspiring Canadians to make healthier choices has encouraged me to keep pursuing my own wellness journey and has educated me on many aspects of healthy living I had not ever considered before. I would generally consider myself to be a healthy person, but there is always opportunity to grow. tuja wellness gives people the tools they need to keep growing and learning.

In my latest piece for tuja wellness, Get Your Iron, Girl: Preventing Deficiency, I didn’t delve into my own personal story, but it is what ultimately inspired the piece. A few winters ago, I was really struggling with low energy. I would head out ski touring and feel unusually wiped. Each stride was a struggle for weeks on end and I began to feel really discouraged. I finally went to the doctor and discovered my iron levels were rock-bottom. This is a really common issue, especially amongst women, and I decided to do a little bit of digging. So I called on my friend, holistic nutritionist Samantha Peris, of nu roots nutrition, and put together an interview.

You can read the article here and also view my author archive to see other posts I’ve written.

Thanks for tuning in!

Ultra Awesome: Cover Story for IMPACT Magazine

Cover photo by Paul Zizka.

A chance meeting at the Alberta Magazines Conference back in March got the editor at IMPACT and me talking about local Banff athlete, Ellie Greenwood. Last year, Ellie won the World Championship 100K race in Gibraltar. She also came in 2nd overall in the Canadian Death Race, first outright in the Scorched Sole 50 Miler and the list goes on and on. But, this gleeful, modest, UK-born runner has never let those accomplishments go to her head. They just drive this woman, when otherwise she considers the sport of ultrarunning to be “fun” (yeah, if you’re a machine like her).

IMPACT Magazine featured Ellie on their July/August 2011 cover (photo by none other than Paul Zizka Photography). I was so elated to have the cover story; get to know Ellie and you just want to shine all the light on her that you can. You’ll discover, as I did, that she is a remarkable woman. So, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the magazine, subscribe to it, or read it online (sorry the formatting is a bit wonky, but the words are there!)

I’d love to hear your comments, so please Contact Me or leave comments below if you have any feedback!

Cover Story for Impact Magazine.

New Publication: Jungle, desert, and elusive spider monkeys

The Gazette
Jungle, desert and elusive spider monkeys

This season’s issue of The Gazette features an article I wrote on my solo trek up the 12,529 foot Cerro Chirripo, the highest peak in Costa Rica and second highest in Central America.

The article, Jungle, desert, and elusive spider monkeys, provides a personal account of this exciting hike and the obstacles I faced along the way, including a misleading guidebook description, a painfully heavy pack, and a lack of hot food. Interestingly enough, I felt totally at home.

Get your hands on the current issue and come and see what I learned about Costa Rica upon arriving at Crestones Base Lodge at 11,063 feet. You might be surprised, too.

© Meghan J. Ward, 2009.