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Finding peace in the Himalayas

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In our 17 days of travel and trekking, my failed attempt to ascend to Kala Patthar served an amazing gift I would find no where else: peace. The parks through which trekkers journey are considered sacred and blessed lands. Regardless of your faith or lack of, there is little denying that they Himalayan mountains, villages and the paths we followed …

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Exploring Kathmandu, Nepal

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Waking up in Kathmandu was surreal. The trip planning had taken months. The flights had been long and tedious. Our arrival felt more like a hazy dream than a monument marking the start of the journey. Surreal, indeed. Taking my first glimpses out of the hotel window in the daylight, I snapped a photo. I had no idea what I …

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MCI > ORD > AUH > KTM

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In my Moments from the sky entry in the journal, the idea of leaving home for this adventure was still very new. Adrenaline was pumping. Boyce and I landed in an easy routine of dashing through airport security to find a good lounge, have a sandwich and a drink, then dash to the gate to hop onto our next flight. …

Day 9, Part 1: Everest Base Camp

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The last two days have been some of the most physically challenging of my life. From the sound of it, everyone else feels much of the same. Last night, the dusty burn of yak shit in the dining room chimney got the best of me. Paired with the severe exhaustion – I went to bed well before I could finish …

Day 7, Part 2: Bathroom options

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Tomorrow will be hard. Very hard. But we didn’t make it this far to fail. I’m less than 24 hours from putting my feet on base camp. And, under 48 hours from starting the trek home. I’ll likely cry for both. I’ll cry to talk with Aaron in Namche. I’ll cry to facetime him days later in Kathmandu. I’ll sleep …

Day 7, Part 1: Everest mountaineer memorials

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I survived the wet hair. I did not survive the grilled cheese, however. I definitely panicked a bit when, after dinner last night, I had a disgusting visit to the bathroom. I certainly handled it the best I could, I think. Popped two Imodium. Survived the night. Then, chugged water and rehydration tablets this morning. Today’s hike was sluggish but …

Day 6: New underwear day

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We’re still in Dingboche today. This morning’s mini hike was amazing. Tough, but amazing. The higher altitude made sleeping through the night difficult. I woke up kind of grouchy and not really looking forward to hiking, but tossed on my clothes and went anyway. It’s new underwear day after all. How bad could it truly be? I’m glad I went …

Day 5: Locked in the lodge

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The land we’re hiking through is vast and ever-changing. We started in trees. Along water. Up rocky paths. Along cliffs. Through sand. And, today, as we crossed the tree line into barren rocky highlands. All the while, snow-capped peaks watch over us. Today is proving to be the hardest yet. We climbed to 13,817 feet – dropping to 57% oxygen. …

Day 4: Monks + introspection

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Namche was our home for 2 days. The rest day was hardly any rest. We hiked to a tea house with a stunning view of Mt. Everest. Sipping hot lemon water yet again, we soaked up the amazing world we’ve landed in. After, we visited a sherpa museum that explained tons about the local history, spirituality, etc. It was full …

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Day 2: The road to Namche

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Waking up in our chilly little room was a challenge, but the excitement for the adventure ahead quickly got the best of me. I got up, stashed my sleeping bag and started moving. Breakfast was quick. Then, after a fast pee in the hole toilet outside, I joined the group on the lawn to begin our hike again. The second …