This was a big day for us in a number of ways, not least of which was the fact that we were finally back on the trail. The weight of wondering if the trek was over or not was lifted and forward momentum returned. Also, it was Megan’s birthday! The coinciding of the two events … [Read more…]
I appear only briefly in this week’s episode, and didn’t participate in the commentary for it, so it’s a little trickier than normal to come with something to write about this week. I’ve already written a bit about communicating back with the world and being off the grid, but there’s probably room to expand upon that. So, here we go…
This was a day where we were brought face to face with the risk involved in not just climbing Everest, but in the region and in the lifestyle in general. We had already heard about one death on the mountain, a Sherpa that died in an avalanche above base camp, but this was the one … [Read more…]
We mentioned it a bit in this episode towards the end, but even with as much detail as Jon gives in the podcast you still get only a tiny sliver of the experience. Even with the extra information I’m dishing out here, there is still only the smallest window into the overall trek available. For … [Read more…]
This was a day of changes. From the temperatures, to the terrain, to the altitude, to the moods, this day ended very differently than it began. I found this to be the point at which it really began to feel like an Everest trek. This was more like what might pop into your head when you think of hiking in the Himalayas.
While I’m not normally one to be a slave to the calendar, I do still find myself to be enjoying the occasional reflective, introspective flight of fancy. So, with that, I’m looking back at the year that was 2009. Some of this may repeat from the look back I did mid-year, but my perspective has changed enough since then that I hope not too much.