Spirit of the Canadian Badlands Tour

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NEXT STOP: JUNE 17-18, DRUMHELLER, AB

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This year I’m teaming up with Canadian Badlands Tourism and Travel Alberta on a campaign photo-documenting Tom Jackson’s Spirit of the Badlands event series throughout Summer 2016. I’ll be updating this post as event details are rolled out.

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Hosted by popular Alberta musician, actor and philanthropist Tom Jackson, the “Spirit of the Canadian Badlands Journey,” kicks off on May 14th in Medicine Hat with a concert 3-4pm at the Medicine Hat Lodge. “The Canadian Badlands is a place that makes you feel free to explore without any limits,” says Jackson. “No matter where you go, the people embrace you with steadfast spirit,” he added. Tickets for the Medicine Hat event can be ordered online at www.SpiritOfTheBadlandsTour.com. ALL proceeds from this concert event will go to support the Medicine Hat Food Bank and the Fort McMurray relief efforts. Minimum donation for a ticket is ten dollars (plus fees). We will be collecting additional donation at the door for those wanting to help!

The next concert will be in Brooks on May 29th and other places on the journey include; Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Stettler, Drumheller, Three Hills and Lethbridge. For updates and announcements of venues, please visit www.CanadianBadlands.com. Admission to the events will be by a minimum donation of $10. All proceeds will be donated to local food banks and Fort McMurray Fire relief efforts.

Influential adventurer, photographer and social media blogger Dax Justin will join Jackson on the road, documenting their Badlands experiences and stories on social media.

 

Follow the campaign:

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Dax Justin: Twitter — Snapchat — Facebook — Instagram

Canadian Badlands: FacebookTwitterInstagram

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Spirit of the Badlands – Snapchat Video, Day 1: May 13, 2016

Spirit of the Badlands – Snapchat Video, Day 2: May 14, 2016

Spirit of the Badlands – Snapchat Video, Day 3: May 15, 2016

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For a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the campaign, follow Dax on Snapchat.

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What One Year Of No Drinking Does

Today (May 5th) marks twelve months since the last time I drank alcohol.

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I want to keep this one to the point. So many aspects of my life have changed over the last year and it’s not easy to communicate the positive impact that has been happening. It’s overwhelming sometimes. Here are a few things that I have noticed in the last year:

1. NO F*CKING HANGOVERS.

I don’t hate much in life. In fact, I really only hate two things: mosquitoes, and hangovers. The best hangover cure is to eliminate it all together.

2. Being Present & Aware.

I found one thing to greatly overwhelm most others after a year of not drinking, and that is a heightened sense of awareness. Feeling feelings is a wonderful thing.

3. True Relationships. (with humans and nature)

I found that you can connect deeper with people when you are both sharp and maintained. I know so many people who have had relationships over the years and sometimes were completely based around drinking. I have heard this line a million times, “Yeah, all of the problems that we’ve had have involved drinking.” I want a deeper connection with humans that being half-numbed all the time. Furthermore the connection I have with nature and everything alive feels stronger. More synergistic. I think once you begin to remove toxins from your body your mind starts to sing with the energies surrounding it.

4. Increased Health & Focus.

I’m not a doctor, and I’m not even a fake doctor, but I KNOW that my internal organs are thanking me.

5. Less Toxic Vibrations.

You always hear about people eliminating clutter in their lives, throwing away things they do not need, and that is all great. The fact is that most people invite negativity into their lives by how they choose to surround themselves with. Since not drinking or being in bars, I have found a sense of calmness in my life and my friendships.

6. No Losing Consciousness.

Remember back in your teenager years or (now) when you get absolutely intoxicated, then hear all about your night the next morning? Yeah, I had totally had enough of that. Consciousness is King.

7. No Taxis.

Since I haven’t had a drink I haven’t needed to take a taxi anywhere. You know how it feels? Damn good. I’m not sure if you’ve heard or not but the taxi system in Calgary, AB is ridiculous and I’d literally do anything to avoid taking a taxi. Unless money isn’t an object. Then I’ll take a taxi. Two of them.

7. No Longer Needing To Displace Reality.

Alcohol robs you. It robs you of your wallet, your senses, your relationships, your health, your mind and your soul. [tweet this] I no longer need to displace reality and now that just being alive is the natural high, I find myself falling in love with more things (like kayaking) that I find so meditative and serene. I love feeling at peace.

 

Overall, I see these being the elements of being a better person. And remember, too much of anything will make you an addict.

 

Have you ever tried to stop drinking for a long period of time? Did you find it extremely difficult? I’m curious to hear your story, please feel free to comment below!

 

Dax

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Expedition Announcement

Introducing Expedition: Columbia Valley

December, 2015
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WHOA – this week was a crazy one! I’ve been in Calgary a lot lately (my home town) finalizing current projects before most of my clients are on Christmas holidays. “I need to get back in the mountains ASAP” is something I have said to myself like twelve times a day for the last couple weeks. Then it happened – I got connected to the people at Copper Point Resort. Copper Point Resort is Invermere’s newest upscale hotel.

This expedition is different because I’m not used to upscale hotels – most of the time I am renegade camping and living totally fringe, with an array of trail mix and whatever sandwich I picked up from the last gas station or general store.


But the resort isn’t just a resort, they are the perfect complement to four-season fun, and the fun is weaved into the expedition beginning Wednesday, December 16th. After meeting with the communications team from Copper Point, they are much like a destination marketing organization for the area and are extremely passionate about the Columbia Valley and what it has to offer to families, explorers, people looking to disconnect and people looking for adventure.

The other really cool thing about this expedition is that we are teaming up with The Weather Network. I will be joined by Deb Matejicka and Krissy Vann from The Weather Network for a portion of the expedition and we will be doing various outdoor activities like paragliding (badass), ice fishing filming, fat biking in snow, snowboarding at Panorama Mountain Resort, cross-country skiing, touring through a mine in the Purcell Mountains and then soaking at Radium Hot Springs. I also hope to do some snowshoeing and alpine climbing while in the area. The rad thing is that I have never paraglided, cross-country skied, or tried ice-fishing. The winter conditions might prove to be my toughest challenge to date, as my other expeditions thus far have been in Spring/Summer. Either way, you have no idea how excited I am!

The Universe has a funny (and awesome) way of making sure things fall into place – I am excited and honored to partner with Copper Point and The Weather Network and hope to live in true Canadian hospitality on this expedition. I invite everyone to follow the expedition on my social media feeds listed below. I have also included Copper Point, Destination British Columbia and The Weather Network’s pages so you can follow along there as well.

Follow the Columbia Valley Expedition: Instagram — Twitter — Facebook Page — Linkedin

• Copper Point Resort: Facebook — Twitter — Instagram

• The Weather Network: Facebook — Twitter — Instagram

• Destination British Columbia: Facebook — Twitter — Instagram

 

As always, thanks to all for your support. PARAGLIDING THOUGH!?

Dax

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The Journal

I have decided to start a blog to more effectively document my experiences while exploring, and show a deeper side of myself I typically have not shown before. Up until now my experience with writing has been micro-blogging (shorter forms of content) which I’ve mainly communicated across my social media networks.

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I figured this first post would be a bit of an introduction. First things first – YES, my first name is Dax (I get asked this all the time). You’ll notice from my website that the content is mostly focused on exploration and creativity; because at the core of myself I am an explorer, and creativity has been by my side as long as I can remember. Prior to becoming an explorer I was a professional creative director and designer working in branding and brand development. I still selectively take on clients who require a visual identity (logo creation, brand identity system), rebranding, communication design, as I love creating lasting, memorable identities for ambitious people (and ❤ everything to do with visual design). Some of my branding work can be found here.

When I began my journey in the outdoors (starting at the very end of 2013) I started finding myself in Nature. I had a very out-of-body experience in an early Winter morning and this led me into the wilderness.

 

I randomly drove on the highway towards Bragg Creek, AB, parked my SUV, and walked straight into the woods. After about an hour and 45 minutes of exploring I unexpectedly found dream catchers, feathers, tipis; it was as if that entire day was the first moment I saw (felt) Nature for the first time in my life. I began taking photos on my smartphone and began documenting photos and experiences on Instagram. My next post will be all about how this day changed my life…

If this is your first time here feel free to connect with me on social media: Instagram, Twitter, my Facebook Page, or Linkedin.

 

Great to meet you!

Dax

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