Category Archives: Nature

Greg Nolan: “I was looking for adventure”



At nineteen, on Greg Nolan’s first day as a treeplanter, he was given a target of 1,000 trees a day. He managed 93. Such was the start of a 27-year career in treeplanting, during which the Vancouver Island-based Nolan braved grizzly bear encounters, hurricanes, landslides, and life-threatening situations of nearly every conceivable kind. In his … Continue reading Greg Nolan: “I was looking for adventure”


Sharon Wood: “I did it for the sheer passion”



In 1986, as part of a Canadian team, Sharon Wood became the first woman from the Americas to summit Mount Everest–and the first woman in the world to do so via the West Ridge from Tibet and without Sherpa support. Often the only woman on expeditions, Wood was an outlier in a predominantly male bastion … Continue reading Sharon Wood: “I did it for the sheer passion”


Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”



Mere days into his quest to become the first person to reach the South Pole entirely by bicycle, Daniel Burton realized he had a problem. Facing gale-force winds and whiteout conditions on the southern continent, he realized it was taking far too long to cover the distance needed to reach the finish line. The plan … Continue reading Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”


Michael Quetting: “[Seven geese] taught me what was really important in life”



There’s parenthood, and then there’s becoming a parent to seven geese overnight. For one year, laboratory manager Michael Quetting lived that reality as part of his work with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, based in Germany. An ultralight pilot by hobby, Quetting had been tasked with raising a gaggle of goslings so that he … Continue reading Michael Quetting: “[Seven geese] taught me what was really important in life”