Episode 113: Annapurna IV Bonus Interviews

The Himalayas Are Worth It. While the team was trekking out from A4, Ben filmed some interviews with other trekkers met on the trail. This is just a quick bonus episode since these interviews were too long to include in a...

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Episode 112: The End Of The Annapurna IV Expedition

Enough Walking, Let’s Ride. The Annapurna IV expedition comes to an end as The Team completes the hike out and make their way to Pokara. Once in Pokara they rent motorcycles and scooters and zoom around town laughing and...

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Episode 111: Onward And Downward

No Ganja For Me, Thanks. The Team packs up and leaves their Annapurna IV basecamp. It’s been real. It’s been fun. It’s been real fun. Still, there are days of trekking ahead before flying back to Kathmandu....

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Episode 110: The Slog

Who Said Going Downhill Was Easy? The snow conditions on Annapurna IV are so terrible it makes moving, even downhill, unbelievably difficult. With each step, the guys sink up to their waist in rotten snow. At times it seems like...

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Episode 109: 2 Steps Up, 5000 Steps Down

Calling It. The Team make more progress up the hill and establish a camp at around 20,000 feet. Ben and Josh feel certain that they can make it to the summit as long as the weather window remains open. The only thing that could...

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Episode 108: Not Bad, Not Good

Not A Bad Perch. The Annapurna IV climb continues with an exhausting slog up to Camp 2. The snow conditions continue to be problematic, but the views from the peak continue to be exhilarating. So, for now, it’s all working...

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Episode 107: Going Up, And Blowing Up

A Damn Fine Day. Ben and Josh decide to resume the climb and head out of base camp, climbing to Camp 1. They made great time since their old ski tracks were still in place. Still, the snow conditions remain extremely difficult...

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Episode 106: Cowboys But not Indians

Butterflies In The Himalayas. The team returns to base camp to regroup and dry out after embracing Tim’s decision to leave the climbing up to Ben and Josh. The Austrian team has left and now Ben and Josh will be the only...

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Episode 105: The Best F****** Cheerleader

No Shame, No Regrets. After a restless night at Camp 1 the guys set out to make more upward progress. At a rest stop a few pitches up, Tim announces that he’s made a decision about his role on the climb. Tim decides that...

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Episode 104: A Room With A View

The Line of Demarcation. The guys finally get the chance to begin upward progress on the mountain. They make it to a point above 19,000 feet and set up Camp 1. It is rather amazing how much work it takes to establish a camp. You...

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Episode 103: A River Runs Through It

As Precise As A Diamond Bullet. Just when they begin to consider solving dinner-table arguments with their ice axes, conditions on the mountain improve enough to begin the climb in earnest. Good thing, too. They have all become...

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Episode 102: Sweet Dreams

Who Needs TV When You Have Nocturnal Insanity? Living at altitude is not just rough on the body, it is also rough on the brain. While it’s a common occurrence to feel that the lower oxygen levels high in the Himalayas can...

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Episode 101: Typically Himalayan

The Weather Is What It Is. Team takes a few more turns on the skis but the excitement is short lived. The weather is calling the shots now. Ben calls the team’s official weather man, his father Jerry Clark, for an update....

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Episode 100: Earn The Turn

“We Are The Luckiest People On Earth.” The guys get to work settling in to base camp. They also make their first exploratory climb to check out the snow conditions. When you’re thousands of miles away from the...

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Episode 099: Up…To The Bottom

Where’s Waldo? He’s At Base Camp. The approach trek ends after it almost never ends. The exact location of base camp is debated by the porters. Apparently the porters all feel that the true location of BC is right...

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Episode 098: Approaching The End Of The Approach

Sick, Huge Fun. The approach trek is almost over as the team heads towards Annapurna IV. They finally get an unrestricted view of their objective. The guys have finally made it out of the jungle and leave the heat and humidity...

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Episode 097: Hearts Racing, Hearts Aching

Love You, Honey. The approach trek continues as the team heads towards Annapurna IV. Along the way the team catches their first glimpse of the high peaks. It’s always interesting to be hiking though a dense, hot and humid...

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Episode 096: The Road (At Least For Now) Less Traveled

If You Build It They Will Come. The approach trek continues as the team heads towards Annapurna IV. Along the way they talk to a hotel owner about the road being built along the Annapurna Circuit. The road will make access to...

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Episode 095: Beyond Everest, The Annapurna IV Expedition begins

We Approach The Subject Of The Approach. Unlike here in the United States, in Nepal there are no parking lots at the trail head for many of the large mountains. No, for A4 the guys need to trek 65 miles to their base camp....

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Episode 094: Beyond Everest, The Annapurna IV Series Introduction

Everest Isn’t Necessarily The Pinnacle. We’re kicking off season 3 of The Rest of Everest with a special series I’m calling Beyond Everest. All of you know my dear friend Ben Clark and you’ve watched him...

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