Episode 153: The Namaste Ninja

Making Lemonade. With Damion stable in the hospital, our Lhasa emergency relaxed a bit and we were able to continue exploring this amazing city. There are so many things to see here and at the top of the list is the Potala...

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Episode 152: HAPE and Red Tape

The Potala And Priorities. Our first day in Lhasa started out just as I had imagined it. We spent some quality time in and around the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. As a tourist, the Jokhang does not...

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Episode 151: A Long Way To Travel To See A Friend

What A Journey, But Totally Worth It. Today we finally returned to the Kathmandu airport after several days of sightseeing and hanging out in Thamel. Our destination today? Lhasa, Tibet! That’s right today we finally flew...

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Episode 150: Bhaktapur 2010

Well, Well, Well. Gossip. Today the group traveled to the remarkable ancient city of Bhaktapur for a sight seeing outing. Unfortunately for me, I had to stay behind in Thamel and take care of some behind-the-scenes- business for...

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Episode 149: The Marquardt Scale

Everybody Poops. The thing is, most people don’t want to talk bout it. But when you’re traveling in the himalayas, what comes out of your body is just as vital to know about as what goes into your body. It’s...

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Episode 148: A 365-Step Program

A Toursit, Not A Sherpa Shortcut. Today was a day of many rituals. The entire team has arrived and so it was time to get back to business. Firts order of the day? One of the infamous Thamel haircut/massages! After the...

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Episode 147: “Meet Me In Kathmandu”

New Faces, Old Places. It’s so great to be back in Kathmandu and so cool to be starting this new Everest adventure! This is going to be the longest trip I’ve made back to the Himalayas since the original Everest...

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Rest of Everest Season 5 Overview: Tibet In 3D

A New Dimension In The Himalayas. Season 5 of The Rest of Everest begins this week with a special episode of the podcast. This is definitely a first because everything you’re about to see was filmed in 3D. I’m very...

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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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2011 Kailash Trek & Photography Workshop Update

https://googledrive.com/host/0B7avdjh4X856enRVc3NNUUpjTEk/kailahsupdate.mp3 Here is an excerpt from a Tips From The Top Floor episode where Chris Marquardt and I discuss all things Kailash. As most of you know, registration for...

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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  routine 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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