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There's a certain freedom and simplicity to traveling with no fixed plan.
When trekking Everest Base Camp you have a lot of options - which track do you take, do you choose to hire a porter or guide, what gear do you carry, which tea house to stay at, how long to hike each day.
But like any great trail, the path to Everest Base Camp simplifies when you find yourself in moments like this, stunned with the miraculous mountains that tower above you, that remind you of the miracles that still exist in our world. The winds brought unpredictable twists - our flight from Kathmandu to Lukla was cancelled due to weather, forcing us to get creative with our trekking schedule. Altitude sickness was real and hit hard. Yaks and humans bearing insanely heavy loads would block the footpaths trying to carry supplies up to Sherpa villages.
Nepal moves to the rhythm of patience. Something that we in western culture aren't too familiar with. Our devices give us the quick answer, quickest route. Everything is instant and efficient.
Everest Base Camp wasn't easy, there was no quick route to the top or short cut. It was hard on the lungs and mind. You couldn't trek too fast, because then you'd be at the risk of altitude sickness. Rewiring a pre-existing competitive process and instead learning how to slow down was unfamiliar to say the least. I had gotten a taste of this thru hiking in New Zealand, but it's humbling to realize how quickly that patience can get lost in our hurried world.
On the trek you were forced to take it slow, with more rests or waits than we're normally used to. You had to learn to dance with the unpredictable weather and listen to your body. You had no choice but to run wild and free with the wind, and let the trail take you.
I think in our hyper connected world today it's important to realize sometimes not all the answers are easy, sometimes the questions are difficult and if you're patient enough, the voyage into uncertainty might just surprise you with just how simple it is. Thank you for then and for now #Nepal
I was on the fence about shooting photos at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. However after sitting and watching the cremation ceremony for a bit I decided to take out my camera and start shooting some photos. I ended up with some very powerful images. I’ve been to temples all over the world but this might have been the most moving events I’ve ever witnessed. .
After a jet-lagged bender of editing I put up a new gallery on the site from my trip to Nepal, go have a look! Link on my profile
2 hands: the white hand is a officer for @medairint and the other of a ederly women - Dolma Tamang from Nepal. Her hand show how it is hard to work in Nepal ! Right now, she lives in the tempory shelter during this rainning season. more precision on the website of @strangerswithoutborders#Nepal#nepaliloveyou#nepali
Nepal is on my mind a lot lately with all the success on Everest this season, so I thought I’d share one more Nepal story.
Our attempt at Ama Dablam following Everest in 2006 was not to be. After a good rest in Kathmandu and a quick loop through Gokyo, we arrived back at Pangboche below Ama basecamp. That night a large chunk of the hanging serac fell and took out Camp 3, killing 6 climbers. 3 were Sherpa from Pangboche, the impact on the community was obviously devastating. Out of respect for the climbers we decided we would not climb. We were instructed by Lama Geshe (the high lama in the area) to hang prayer flags as high as we could on the ridge without actually climbing.
Up on the now abandoned mountain, we reflected on the fact that if the serac had fallen only a few days later, we would have been the ones at Camp 3. As we descended, the clouds parted and this scene unfolded. A reminder that despite so much loss, there is so much beauty in the mountains.
Nepal. Autumn 2006.
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My life's been a journey, that's for certain, and a continuous steady climb. From the beginning I saw a mountain in the far distance and I had no idea how to get there let alone how to get to the top but I knew it was beautiful. One foot in front of the other I led myself to paths you could never imagine one step, then two, then another would lead you... sometimes creating my own path to connect two seemingly different paths. Yet somewhere along these complicated and twisting paths I learned to look up and appreciate the new perspective and the beauty along the way. The mountain is grand at a distance but it is also very fragile close up. The only way you meet this delicate view of beauty is to find a way to get near to the mountain. So I separate myself from the broad view and venture on to see the mountain... up close and very personal. Turning metaphor into reality. It's been a long time coming... #soulsearching
Congrats Phurwa T! Our thoughts are with the hundreds of climbers in the midst of their summit push. Wishing safety, fun, and success to all. And then come home and let's party like rockstars! Or is it #icestars
Made a detour during my time in Nepal to see the crew working hard to build the Khumbu Climbing Center (one - three bricks a day per person). KCC will be a community center and clinic in Phortse, Nepal with the goal of increasing the safety of Nepali climbers. Can't wait to go back and see it finished some day. #archive#nepaliloveyou#nepal
I just found out that Everest’s Hillary Step is no more! It was a 12m high steep rock section on the summit ridge, half way between the South summit and true summit at 8790m, about half an hour below the summit. It had a 10000’ drop on climbers right and 8000’ on the left - talk about exposure! It was considered the crux of the South Col route, although generally climbers just jugged up fixed lines placed earlier in the season. It was also the site of the common bottlenecks seen in the busy spring season, as climbers had to wait their turn to go up or down the ropes.
It was suspected last year that the Hillary Step changed after the earthquakes of 2015, but it was too snow covered to really tell. It was confirmed this year by multiple parties. The step is gone.
On our fall trip we were the only team, so there was no advanced fixing team prior to summit day. Four of our strongest Sherpa climbers headed out from the South Col a few hours ahead of the group, we ended up catching up to them around the South Summit. It was quite a privilege to watch the boys in action, breaking trail at the top of the world. Passang Tensing is seen here fixing the route on the Hillary Step for the the rest of the group behind.
Thanks gentlemen, we could never have done it without you! Thuche!
Most visitors to Phortse and the KCC headquarters building are amazed at the scope of our project. "How do you get all this steel and timber here?" A lot of old fashioned manpower! Swipe to see. A charcoal fired forge for toolage. Water levels. Strong Nepalis carrying components you wouldn't believe. Thanks to all who support our quest... a permanent home base for the KCC.
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