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Entries Tagged as 'Nepal'

Ringing Everest’s Doorbell

May 17th, 2008 by · No Comments · Asia, Nepal

On May 10th, the twelfth anniversary of Jon Kraukauer’s Everest summit, we found ourselves in the airport heading to Lukla and the trek to Everest’s south side. Just before boarding we grabbed a copy of the book. Nine days later, visiting the lodges and familiar with the trails the books expeditions took, we marched into […]

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Prayer Wheels

May 15th, 2008 by · No Comments · Asia, Nepal

I first intended to go to India a few years ago, but instead fell hard for a remarkable woman and cut my trip short. But it wasn’t meant to be and two strong personalitie soon found themselves frustrating one another. One year later I was again dreaming of India. In the Khumbu Himalaya of Nepal, prayer flags, […]

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Hike, eat, sleep and repeat

May 14th, 2008 by · No Comments · Asia, Nepal

Yaks perform only above ten thousand feet; the cows below sixty five hundred. They cross bred them to fill in the gap and the mixed breed works inbetween. How is it I’m expected to function at all these elevations? I’m not even from around here. Acclimitization days we hike packless, generally climbing 1200 feet or […]

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Completely Unprepared

May 9th, 2008 by · No Comments · Asia, Nepal

Compared to India, Kathmandu is almost a cheat. Crossing the street is almost easy. There are a couple stop lights, the occasional sidewalk, and not a single sign of livestock. Thats not to say you couldn’t get yourself killed, but with no cow patties to hop, no hagglers to dodge, and temperatures back in the […]

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