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Final Days of The Quinoa Posh Climbers

Hello hello, What a week it’s been! Conditions in the mountains here have been challenging, and our subsequent itinerary alterations made it difficult to update. Here is a quick wrap up of the latter half of our expedition. After a … Continue reading

The Quinoa Posh Climbers poised for Cotopaxi

Hello! We spent yesterday traveling from Cayambe to Cotopaxi National Park. Along the way we stopped for the biggest feast of the trip so far (!) at a long-standing famous family restaurant, El Balcón De La Riobambeñita. Almost everyone in … Continue reading

Dec 4 Ecuador Team Prepped and Ready

Hola family and friends! The Dec 4 Ecuador Team has found our team name: The Quinoa Posh Climbers. We’ll post under that moniker going forward. The origin story of the name will be a post for another time, but rest … Continue reading

Dec 4 Ecuador team sets sights on Cayambe

Greetings from Yanacocha! Yesterday after packing up and leaving the pools of Termas Papallacta we went for a short and windy hike up to Antennas Peak, around 14,400 ft. Even when these hikes are short, they’re essential building blocks in … Continue reading

More photos – Termas Papallacta & Lake Parcacocha

Dec 4 Ecuador Team acclimatizes!

Hello from Termas Papallacta! The team is crushing the acclimatization process! On Monday we departed Quito and headed into the highlands for our first acclimatization hike – Pasachoa, an extinct volcano to the south of Quito. It was a beautiful … Continue reading

Dec 4 Ecuador Team has arrived!

Hello from Quito! The 2021-22 Volcanoes of Ecuador season has officially begun! Our Dec 4 team all arrived in country yesterday and today we had our first full day together. After an orientation and gear check at the hotel, we … Continue reading

Team Mera Returns to Kathmandu

Namaste friends, family and loved ones! After a short and very cold wait in the lovely Lukla Airport, our plane eventually took off. The flight took “the scenic route” back from Lukla, as air traffic control sent us in circles for a short while. Even so, we were able to safely land back in Kathmandu … Continue reading “Team Mera Returns to Kathmandu”

Team Mera Returns to Lukla

Namaste Friends, family & loved ones, Exceptional weather today for our last day of hiking. We started bright and early and climbed 1,200 feet to cross the Zatrwa La Pass at about 15,150 feet. It was all downhill from there— more than a vertical mile. We navigated hundreds of snow covered rock steps, descended dirt … Continue reading “Team Mera Returns to Lukla”

Team Mera on Top!

Namaste friends, family & loved ones, A quick note to report that all of the Team stood on top of Mera Peak this morning! Everyone is already off the glacier and making their way back down the trail to our tea house in Khare, where we will rest, rehydrate and, of course, celebrate our success. … Continue reading “Team Mera on Top!”


  • Mountains and Meditation

    By Trevor Husted The opportunities and benefits that meditation can bring to our mountain climbing experiences If you’ve navigated to this mountaineering focused blog, there is a high likelihood that you’re interested in improving your performance in the alpine and perhaps overall quality of life. One of the more intriguing ways to boost our mental […]

  • Dear Alpine Ascents: Mountaineering Courses

    Hey Alpine, I’m resolved. 2022 is the year I learn the ropes (pun intended) of mountaineering. You have a lot of offerings on your site and I’m not sure which one is right for me. Can you give me the CliffsNotes explanation of the difference between them all? There’s a 6-Day, 8-Day, 9-Day, 10-Day, 13-Day, […]

  • Extreme Self-Care: Expedition Style

    by Aili Farquhar  As you toil against the steepness of the hill, the backpack hipbelt secured to your sled digs into your harness.  All the sweat accumulated and dried in your hair during your sunny journey across the lower glacier begins to itch as a fresh new layer accumulates under your sunscreen-rimmed hat.  After setting […]

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