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Namaste Climbers Make Lukla!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, Another day of great trekking until the sky fell on us. A squall of rain and hail caught us the last hour of our trek. Though we got wet we did not let that dampen our spirits. Tomorrow we fly back to Kathmandu. Our climb got interesting when we […]

Namaste Climbers in Namche on Descent

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, We trekked down valley to Namche Bazaar. Oxygen and hot showers have us all feeling great. To summerize the last few days, I’ll start at the beginning. From Chukkung we trekked to Island Peak base camp and arrived in time for lunch. We trained on the use of cow […]

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 […]

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek: Off to Machu Picchu!

Hi Folks, Gordon and I are checking in from the beautiful Inkaterra Hotel at the gateway to Machu Picchu. Believe or not, we’re in the jungle! The hotel has 378 varieties of orchids on its grounds along with a tea … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek: Down the Inca Trail

Hi Folks, Today was another mix of incredibly scenic trekking coupled with fascinating exploration of Incan culture. From Lares Pass (14,566′), we hiked down the Incan trail to the small community of Totora (12,070′). For the roughly four hours we … Continue reading

Namaste Climbers at Island Peak Base Camp

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 […]

Lares Trek Day 2

Hi Folks, We just wrapped up another wonderful day in the Sacred Valley. After saying farewell to our jacuzzi llamas, we strolled through the small town of Lamay and picked up bags of freshly baked bread to hand out to … Continue reading

Island Peak Climbers Make Chukkung!

Namaste friends, family and loved ones, We said goodbye to our trekkers this morning as they head down valley and we turn our attention to scaling Island Peak. A couple decided to take the helicopter to get away from my bad jokes even faster. We were excited to see our mountain looming high above the […]

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 – […]

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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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