Episode 146: The End Of The 2009 Everest Trek & Photography Workshop

All Good Things Come To An End. It’s difficult to believe that we’ve reached the end of this amazing experience but here we are. The past couple of days in Kathmandu have been pretty amazing. I look forward to going...

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Episode 145: Full Circle

Tipping Karma For Good Karma. Tonight we officially ended the trek by both checking in to our hotel and then showering for the first time in 2 weeks. I guess you could think of the shower as a sort of rebirth because there is...

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Episode 144: The Gates To Paradise

No Paradise In Sight. Today was the last day of the trekking portion of our workshop. It’s kind of hard to believe that we’ve made it this far and that tonight we’ll be sleeping in a hotel. The day started off...

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Episode 143: High Bridge Hijinks

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Sherpakind. The rest of today was the kind of day where you feel like a kid again. Thilo, Kyle and I were hiking with Sonam and were really enjoying our nice, leisurely hiking pace....

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Episode 142: Snot Rocket

One Of The Happiest Days Of My Life. We had a pleasant, almost balmy, evening last night and are now on our way back towards Namche Bazaar. These elevations seemed a bit high over a week ago but now the atmosphere seems...

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Episode 141: The Rest of Jon Miller

Nelly Was Right. We continued down the trail today and finally made it back into the trees. It’s always fun to descend beneath the treeline–almost as much fun as passing the treeline on the way up! The only problem I...

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Episode 140: Pillow Talk

Brought To You By [Insert Company Name Here]. We talk a lot about the need for the proper outerwear on this show. We  talk about the need for a warm sleeping bag. Hmm, we even spend a lot of time talking about tissue in both...

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Episode 139: It’s Just A Phase

Now that we’re on our way down from Mt Everest the group has settled in to the daily ┬ároutine of trekking in the himalayas. We hike for 6-8 hours each day and then walk into our nightly camp which is usually a tea house....

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Episode 138: Yaks In The Mist

Blame Canada. This morning we began the last phase of the Everest trek…the downhill portion. The views of the high peaks were absolutely stunning as we were setting out in the morning during the best weather of the...

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Episode 137: The Agony Of DeFeet

Where’s The Snooze Button On A Sherpa? This morning Jon and I woke up a bit late. The activity of the past few days had left us pretty exhausted and being all warm and cozy in our individual sleeping bags made it tough to...

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Episode 136: A Rare Opportunity

I Was Just In The Neighborhood. I stayed at BC a few hours longer than the rest of our group not to take in the scenery, but to catch up with my old friend Dawa. Jeff was the first to head down and Steve and John followed a bit...

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Episode 135: Real Surreal Reality

Hilarious Hypoxia. Visiting at any base camp on Everest gives you an entirely new appreciation for high altitude mountaineering. You’re always a bit hypoxic here, and it only gets worse as you move uphill. I’ve...

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Episode 134: Shhh…It Happens At Base Camp

Can Anyone Say “Sherpa Shortcut”? This fine morning at BC just keeps getting better. We’ve been able to see climbers going up the Icefall for hours. It really puts the landscape in perspective when you see a...

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Episode 133: Meanwhile On Kala Patthar

Two Different Places At The Same Time. Morning here at Base Camp was truly glorious. Those of us here are going to hang out a bit, but the rest of the group is on their way up Kala Patthar. As we walked into BC yesterday the...

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Episode 132: An Unbelievable Base Camp Surprise

Definitely A Day Worthy To Call Mom About. We made it! Yes, we’re a considerably smaller group now, but we’re here–and my friend Dawa is here. What a charmed life I lead. I know the other three guys I’m...

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Episode 131: High Peaks & High Aspirations

This Is Exactly Why I Came. Continuing onward towards Gorak Shep we finally hit the mother lode–an endless panorama of the World’s highest mountains. Leaving Lobuche so early this morning, I think, made everyone a...

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Episode 130: A True Living Legend

Would You Like Some Yak Cheese To Go With That Whine? We all woke up very early today, because we need to maximize our trekking time. Today, some of us will make it to base camp. It’s a very exciting day but I am just NOT...

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Episode 129: The Ultimate Sacrifice

Proof That Climbing Everest WIll Always Be Dangerous. As we continued towards Lobuche today we finally made it to the Everest Memorial, a collection of cairns dedicated to those who have lost their lives on the mountain. This is...

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Episode 128: Immortalized In Nepal

Happy Birthday Magan! Believe it or not, the weather cleared last night and we were able to continue our journey towards Base Camp. We figure it was Nature’s birthday gift to Megan as today is actually her birthday! How...

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Episode 127: You CAN Hear Me Now

No Tea, No SMS. We finally got the sat phone working today but not without help and an important lesson learned from another Dingboche proprietor. Sonam and I needed to get in touch with Babu back in Kathmandu but we...

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