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Namaste High Trekkers Return to Kathmandu

Namaste Friends, Family and Loved Ones, We woke up in Lukla this morning to clear skies- perfect for flying back to Kathmandu. Our flight was smooth, delayed only a bit by heavy air traffic in Kathmandu. This afternoon we cleaned up, relaxed and yes, did some more shopping. Tonight, we celebrated our success over a […]

Namaste High Trekkers– Over the River and Through the Woods

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones, The Namaste High Trekkers spent a relaxing morning in Namche, shopping, shopping and … shopping. I took advantage of the downtime by visiting thirteen students sponsored by the Alpine Ascents Foundation (AAF) who live and go to school in Namche. The kids, who are in Grade 1 through Grade […]

Everest Base Camp Trekkers and Island Peak Climbers Part Ways

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones, This morning in Dingboche, the trekkers said goodbye to Vern and the Island Peak Climbers. One last photo of the trekkers and Island Peak climbers before we split up. The Island Peakers headed up to Chukung and we, the trekkers, headed down (well, we headed up and down – […]

Everest Trek: Team Namaste High Goes Low!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, We were blessed with crystal blue skies this morning. And after a leisurely breakfast we made good use of the delightful weather by taking the high route down valley. We passed a rustic yak hearders cabin along our way. A little further along the trail we were practically run […]

Everest Trek Team climbs Kalapatar and descends to Dugla

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones, What a day! We woke up early in Gorak Shep and headed up, up, up the steep trail of Kalapatar. No wind, blue skies, and warm enough to enjoy the spectacular views. Team on the way up before the sun hit. Everest in back. Us on the summit of […]

Everest Base Camp Achieved!

Namaste friends, family & loved ones, Team Namaste High moved well over the glacial moraine on our way to Gorak Shep, the highest habitation in Nepal. Clouds ran up the valley so we decided to go to base camp rather than climb. An hour into our trek we were excited to see Everest again only […]

Everest Trek: Happy Hikers Headed Higher!

Namaste friends, family & loved ones, Team Namaste High ascended 2,300 feet in stellar conditions to arrive in the quaint village of Lobuche. Though it was a tough climb up the infamous Dugla hill, we overcame the challenge with pressure breathing and a calculated pace. We paused at the place of Chortens, monuments for fallen […]

Everest Trek: Team “Namaste High” Acclimates in Pheriche

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones, We spent a relaxing day acclimatizing in Pheriche. This morning, we headed up the moraine behind town hoping for a good view from up on the ridge. As we started out, the fog rolled in and we climbed in low visibility … until we reached the top of the […]

Everest Trek: Team “Namaste High” Gets Higher

Namaste Friends, Family & Loved Ones, Greetings from above tree line in Pheriche. We are all doing great and had alot of fun getting here today. First thing this morning, we headed back to Tengboche Monastery, where we received a blessing from the Rinpoche (head monk). The sky was totally cloudy when we woke up, […]

Everest Trek: Team “Namaste High” Treks to Kumjung

Namaste friends, family & loved ones, What a day! The monsoon is finally over and the sun shone brightly all day long. This made for some fine mountain photography. We visited a traditional Sherpa home for tea and conversation. We stopped in to see the Kari Gondon Monastery, which is home to 60 Tibetan Nuns. […]

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  • Staying Hydrated in the Backcountry

    Sometimes the harsh environment encountered in mountaineering can make even the simplest tasks difficult. Staying hydrated is a perfect example – something that is among the most banal of tasks in the lowcountry can become exceedingly complicated in a cold, snowy environment. When all available water is locked up in solid form as snow or […]

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    KNOTS AND HITCHES: THE WATER KNOT

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches used in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline and ring bend, and hitches like the Klemheist and Prusik! The water knot is a simple knot used to tie two ends of webbing […]

  • Knots and Hitches: The Figure 8 Follow Through

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline, ring bend- and hitches like the Klemheist & Prusik! The Figure 8 follow through is a standard knot used for many different purposes […]

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