This is the story of an Iraqi-Canadian man who I meet back in the 90s while we were doing our Master’s in Computer Science in Malaysia. Ahmad Wasfi was known of his love to martial arts but no one expected, not even himself, that one day he will have a passion to hike snow-covered mountains all year round. Especially, when you know he was born and raised in Baghdad were the maximum average temperature is above 100 F (> 40 C) and the lowest temperature reaches no less than 38 F (above zero Celsius).
In 2000, I went back to Jordan and he immigrated to Canada. We lost contact since then. But thanks to social networking websites we meet again on Facebook. He now lives in Vancouver, one of the most beautiful places in the world I was told.
Recently, Vacouver Courier wrote about his success story of becoming a hiker and creating a social network website (livetrails.com) dedicated to hikers. Check livetrail for the amazing pictures of Canada’s trails and nature.
I am very proud of him. He is doing something he likes. Go Ahmad go!
Here is an excerpt of the article:
For Ahmad Wasfi, it’s both.
Wasfi, 38, is the Metro Vancouver creator of livetrails.com, a comprehensive hiking website showcasing more than 2,000 trails–most of them in B.C. "We’re trying to form this community connected by technology to connect to nature," he said.
The free site is part information resource and part social network.
Wasfi said encouraging people to hike is about more than getting out of the house, it’s about learning to value nature. "To protect something, you need to see it first, you need to enjoy it," he said.
The website, which launched in April 2009, has 354 members connected to each other through Facebook. Wasfi said using the social networking site is designed to form a community of people who appreciate and enjoy hiking.
via [Vancouver Courier]
Some pictures from Ahmad’s Facebook photo album: