Category Archives: Hiking

Planning for the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge

I’m a big fan of goals, especially at the start of the new year. That said – I am terrible at keeping them. So SoCalHiker’s Six Pack of Peaks Challenge sounded like just what I need. I am good at planning though, so I’ve been thinking about which routes and seasons I want to tackle each of the peaks. Continue reading

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24 Apr 14, Kala Patthar (5540m) and Dzonglha (4800m)

When the alarm went off at 4 am I spent a full 5 minutes laying in bed and debating how badly I wanted to climb Kala Patthar. Wes didn’t give me a choice, dragging me out of my warm cocoon against my will. Continue reading

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23 Apr 14, Everest Base Camp (5364m) & Gorak Shep (5125m)

After lunch in Gorak Shep we piled on the layers and set off for more Nepali flat on the way to Everest Base Camp. Most of the trek involved rambling over either moraine debris or actual glacier – an uneven and rocky mess. It was also insanely crowded. We had braved the Namche superhighway through most of the trip, but the final mile was jammed with trekkers. By the time we arrived at EBC (per trekker slang) we had to wait what seemed like an eternity to take a picture in front of the sign. Continue reading

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22 Apr 14, Summit XV Lodge, Lobuche (4910m)

It turned out that the extra acclimatization day was a good call. The walk was largely a combination of low grade up with Nepali flat, and once I warmed up and hit my stride I started blasting past the large tour groups. Continue reading

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One Mile at a Time…or The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done

  I’m not really sure when I decided a marathon was a good idea.  I do remember why.  We are headed to Nepal in a month, and it seemed like a good excuse to get some training in.  I buckled … Continue reading

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