“Your Name Is Karma Sherpa”

“Your Name Is Karma Sherpa”

Three Passes (Nepal) Part 3 This is Part 3 of my 14-day journey on the Three Passes trek in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park. Check out my previous posts for more on this spectacular trek into the heart of the Nepal Himalaya: Part 1 Three Passes: The Bigger, Better...

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Knocking Some Dust Off the Old Expedition Route

Knocking Some Dust Off the Old Expedition Route

Three Passes (Nepal) Part 2 This is Part 2 of my 14-day trek on the Three Passes trek in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park. Check out my previous post for background information on this spectacular trek into the heart of the Nepali Himalaya. Most hikers today start the...

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Three Passes: The Bigger, Better Everest Base Camp Trek

Three Passes: The Bigger, Better Everest Base Camp Trek

Thousands of trekkers flock each year to Nepal eager to experience the majesty of the world's highest peaks and with good reason. The country offers limitless options and opportunities for exploring the roof of the world. One of the newest routes on the Nepalese...

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Life in the Sanctuary

Life in the Sanctuary

I'm safe and sound back in Kathmandu after wrapping up my third and final trek in Nepal. I followed my 11-day trip around the Annapurna Circuit with a short sprint into the awe inspiring Annapurna Sanctuary. With 30 of my last 32 days spent on the trail among the...

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A DC Reunion in Doha

A DC Reunion in Doha

I recently stopped by Qatar to spend time with Kristen and Craig, two of my best friends from my DC days. They left DC for Doha around the same time I left for California, so we spent the first few days catching up on the last year while they gave me a local's tour of...

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Namaste, Everest Base Camp

Namaste, Everest Base Camp

I just completed two great weeks on the spectacular Three Passes trek in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park. The trek included ascents of three major passes - Kongma La (5,540m/18,176ft), Cho La (5,335m/17,503ft), and Renjo La (5,400m/17,717ft) - and side trips to Kala...

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Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

I'm currently hiking the Everest Base Camp/Three Passes Trek in Nepal. To keep things from getting too boring while I'm away, here's one of my favorite photos from a recent trip around the American Southwest.

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“Why would you do that? That’s crazy!”

“Why would you do that? That’s crazy!”

I was catching up with some friends a while ago when one of them mentioned that she’d biked across the United States. The rest of us immediately told her how impressive we thought that feat was. My friend demurred, saying it wasn’t a big deal. She merely got up every...

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The Mont St. Michel Post

The Mont St. Michel Post

I stopped by Mont St. Michel on my way to visit Normandy and the D-Day sights. I'd planned to include a picture of the monastery in that post, but I couldn't decide which picture to use. As a result, it gets its own post. I hope you enjoy. NOTE: I'm currently hiking...

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

In Part 4 of the TMB trek, we celebrate my birthday in a spectacular alpine refuge ringed by glaciers, tackle a ladder section over nearly vertical cliff faces, and wrap things up back where we started in Les Houches.

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The Mayor of Grand St. Bernard

The Mayor of Grand St. Bernard

Tour de Mont Blanc, Part 3 In Part 3, Travis and I witness a truly impressive feat of trail endurance, swap stories with the former mayor of Grand St. Bernard, and continue our Ripken-esque streak of red wine consumption. Here are the first three installments of the...

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Way Too Close For Comfort

This just happened: Nepal Blizzard Claims Lives of at Least 21 Trekkers. My thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. I'm in Kathmandu now. I'm scheduled to hit the trail on the Everest Base Camp trek in two days and then the Annapurna Circuit, where most...

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Funny Tragic Storms Oman

Funny Tragic Storms Oman

This post is a bit late, but I didn't want to short change my trip to the Middle East. I'll return to my regularly scheduled posts about the Himalayan treks with the next one. During my visit to Qatar a couple months ago, Craig and I took advantage of the Eid holiday...

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This Embattled Shore

This Embattled Shore

I didn't rush the return to my normal travel routine after the fun in the Dordogne. I traveled to Paris and spent more time with Royce and Natelee checking out a few new places not on my typical Paris itinerary (Montparnasse Tower, the Peninsula Hotel’s rooftop bar...

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