A Saskatoon man who faced colorectal surgery to combat cancer is not letting life with a colostomy bag interfere with his desire to remain active.

Paul Riome, 62, had surgery three years ago and is now in training for an adventurous 34 day trek in the mountains of Nepal.

"People recover and with the proper positive attitude, I mean we can certainly live at least ordinary lives," Riome said Thursday, during a breaking in his training. "I'm hoping to show we can live extraordinary lives."

Riome's doctor said his patient was in exceptional shape when he was diagnosed with cancer, noting his patient's remarkable recovery is likely due to a combination of excellent physical conditioning and mental fortitude.

As part of his exercise regime, Riome is running up and down the staircase attached to Saskatoon's train bridge, while toting a 27-kilogram backpack.

He leaves for his Nepal trip on the weekend.

With files from CBC's Jennifer Quesnel