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Meet Jamie Junker, CanPrev Ambassador, Alberta native, and Mountain Endurance Athlete.
Jamie is a rock climber, alpine climber, free solo climber, and mountaineer. The CanPrev Team thinks he’s more of a monkey, but you can decide for yourself.
Conquering the Canadian Rockies
Jamie discovering mountain running was like finding buried treasure; the excitement and thrill is just as monkeys finding bananas. Starting his mountain adventures at the age of 30, Jamie realized that rock climbing, mountain climbing, and alpine running allows him to explore his full athletic potential, where he strives to be healthier and in turn, improve his athletic performance.
Regardless of the weather, Jamie is out on the mountains. His goal is to climb every single mountain within a 200 kilometre radius of Banff, and is always aiming to become faster and stronger through intense training and healthy lifestyle. The adrenaline during his climbs and feelings of accomplishment at the peak is what drives his desire to attain a healthy and fit body, so that he can be the best possible version of himself.
A Memorable Mountain Adventure
There is no easy way to reach the summit of Mount Louis near Banff, Alberta. It is an alpine climb in which most experienced parties spend 8-12 hours to complete. For Jamie’s high intensity free-solo climb, he managed to achieve a time of 5 hours and 30 minutes, round trip, that included alpine climbing and rappelling, reaching an elevation of over 1,500m high. Though happy with this climb, Jamie hopes to return and conquer Mount Louis in less than 4 hours.
Words from Jamie
“Fitness and athletics are my life. There’s no feeling quite like making it to the top of a rock climbing route. When you get to the summit of a mountain, look down and see a tiny speck, which you realize is your car, you wonder how it’s even possible to accomplish that. You’re in a state of euphoria and you feel so connected to your own body and your environment. It’s incredibly addicting.” – Jamie Junker
Natural products that give awesome results are the best. The reason why Jamie loves CanPrev is because everything is so raw. It helps him to stay energized during his trek and promote faster recovery after each trip, so that he can move forward to conquer the next Canadian Rocky Mountain!
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In the hot summer weather, Jamie can be found jumping from peak to peak, climbing up slabs of rock, or poking his head through soft chilly fog; where in the cold Canadian winters, he can be spotted ice climbing up the rocky mountains, digging pits in the ground as shelters, or swiftly skiing through puffy white snow.
Year-round, you can catch him taking selfies of his epic adventures. Check him out!
Meet Mia Noblet, CanPrev ambassador, Vancouver native and women’s world record slackline holder!
The CanPrev team was fairly new to the sport of slacklining before taking on Mia as an ambassador and we were curious to know more about the sport once she decided to come aboard.
So what’s slacklining all about anyway?
In short, it is the act of balancing or walking (or highlining) along with a suspended length of rope that is tensioned between two anchors. Similar in many ways to slack rope walking – a hobby popular amongst park loungers and circus performers.
We learned that there is more risk in the pre and post climbing routine than the actual walking!
Walks are performed at high peaks so the setup usually consists of long-distance journeys by foot or bike, uphill.
Afterward, great focus and precision are needed to securing the rope – ‘rigging’ it between two anchors. Anchors (in most cases the edge of two mountains) can be over 400 meters apart and usually, the rope is rigged too high up to measure!
Then enough energy must be saved for a safe descent back down to ground level after an un-rigging of the line. The logistics of securing the rope walked upon, requires one to be in top-notch shape no doubt!
One step, then another.
When Mia was 11 she discovered figure skating, a sport far from her family’s outdoorsy roots. She gave it a try and although skeptical about the dresses and makeup, she realized she enjoyed the athletic challenge.
From there, her competitive and tenacious personality grew along with her athleticism in not only figure skating but many sports.
In fact, in one interview Mia’s mom mentions that she was also a natural skier and her nature-immersed childhood probably had a lot to do with her love for other outdoor sports that she excelled in!
Mia made it to Europe in 2015 (Bern Slackline Fest, Swiss Waterline Tour and Monte Piana Highline Fest in the Dolomites Italy) but before then she had only done a bit of slacklining every summer in between other sports at nearby parks.
Her record holding status proves that Mia is not only a skilled athlete but a true lover of a good outdoor adventure!
World record holder.
Mia quickly gained popularity in the British Columbia Slacklife community, only a year after she started highlining full-time Mia set a new women’s world record holder walking 493m at Caselton (longest Highline).
In 2017 she set a new world record for longest Highline of 614m on April 21st in Brazil.
Read more at Mountain Culture a magazine representing the Kootenay coast region of Canada that outlines more of Mia’s journey into slacklining!
Words from Mia.
“I strive to push the sport of highlining to new places while exploring the outdoors further. I love sharing my passion and energy for the great outdoors by connecting with like-minded individuals.
‘Finding my best health’ to me means being able to do what I love longer and so I choose CanPrev products to help fuel my active lifestyle. These supplements have been a fantastic addition to all of my expeditions and travel, keeping my immune system up and recovery time down.”
Mia’s favourite CanPrev products include:
Where is Mia now?
Mia has traveled to China, Brazil, Switzerland, Utah, and Germany to perform the most amazing Highline walks.
From what we can tell her traveling schedule isn’t about to slow down. Follow Mia and her extraordinary adventures online: @mianoblet
Look closely at the banner photo and you will see Mia on a Highline in the mountains of Brazil!
Some photo credits go to Angelo Maragno @angelomaragno.