Patti Shales Lefkos is a Canadian writer and journalist. Her Himalayan adventure travel memoir Nepal One Day at a Time celebrates her creative non-fiction debut.
Nepal One Day at a Time is the story of her first trekking trip on her own.
Born and raised in Toronto, she has also lived in Neuchatel, Switzerland and Vancouver.
Following a rewarding career as a teacher, educational consultant, administrator and advocate for inner city children, Patti studied journalism at Langara University. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Toronto Teachers’ College, Simon Fraser University and the Wilderness Leadership Program at Capilano College.
In 2006 she set out to pursue international adventure travel.
Whether canoeing the Yukon River, backcountry skiing in BC’s Monashee Mountains, hiking in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides or trekking in Tibet and Nepal, she embraces the culture and environment of wilderness areas.
When not travelling, she skis downhill, nordic and backcountry from her home base at SilverStar Mountain Resort in BC’s Okanagan Valley.
In summer she paddles canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board at her Ontario island cottage.
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Who is Patti and what she does
Where her love and passion for the outdoors came from
Buying her first typewriter and wanting to be a writer
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
Becoming an outdoor girl
Doing all the expected things and becoming a teacher
Moving west to Vancouver
Working in inner city schools
Riding her bike to school and doing her first marathon
Moving from marathon to triathlon
Meeting her husband Barry
Not travelling until they retired in their 60s
Heading to England in 2007 and walking the coast to coast
Taking on bigger adventures and going to higher and higher levels of altitude
Spending time in Nepal
Wanting to volunteer in Nepal in 2014
Having to go solo at 67
Facing her fears to go by herself
Making the transition from working full time to being retired
Writing the articles she wants to write about adventure travel
Choosing her work
Her first experience of travelling and trekking to altitude
Making a list of her fears
Her plans for N