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Patti Shales Lefkos - Journalist, Adventure Traveller and Author of: Nepal One day at a time.

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

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.

Listen to Patti on the Tough Girl Podcast. New episodes go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time.

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Show notes

  • Good Morning!

  • 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 Nepal

  • The biggest challenge while out trekking

  • Writing her first book

  • Supporting the village affected by the earthquake in 2015

  • The realities of starting a non profit

  • Figuring out what is good help to provide

  • Why 97% of the money goes to Nepal

  • The realties of trekking at altitude in your late 60s

  • Bucket list destinations

  • Final words of advice

  • The power of spending time with young people and being of service


Social Media

Facebook: @plefkos

Facebook Non-profit Nepal One Day at a Time Society on Facebook

Buy Patti’s book NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME on Amazon

Partner NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal. Sambhav Nepal

Recommended Trekking Company in Kathmandu, Nepal. Ace the Himalaya


How to buy NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME book directly from Patti

COST: $32 ($25 for the book, $7 for postage)

All profits go to education in Ratmate and Aprik Villages, Gorkha, Nepal.


Mail cheque for $32 to

Patti Lefkos

Box 3093Vernon, BC.






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