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Everest Base Camp Day 3 – Eyes on the Prize

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This is day 3 of my Everest Base Camp Trek Adventure. For the full series click here. If you plan to hike Everest or any large peak, its important that you take time on your trek to properly acclimatize – get your body used to the higher altitudes. Otherwise you put yourself at risk for altitude sickness, a series ailment which can result in death. Signs of altitude sickness include headaches, dizziness, disorientation and lack of appetite. To stay healthy, its important to not ascend more than 500 meters in one day. It’s also wise to spend at least one … Read More

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Two Months of Travel

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As of Oct 20, Shannon and I had been traveling for two months. You may remember my summary of my first month of travel, so I wanted to come back and recap our second month backpacking through Asia. We spent most of the month exploring the rest of China. After Tibet closed to foreigners, our China plans changed and we ended up having more time to explore the rest of central and southern China. After exploring Shanghai, we headed off to hike the fabled Huang Shan mountain complete with cloud shrouded peaks and amazing views. Afterwards, we hopped a flight … Read More

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Everest Base Camp Trek Day 2 – “The Hardest Day”

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This is Day 2 of my Everest Base Camp Trek Adventure. For the complete series click here. Our first night on the mountain was cold. The morning air was frigid and I dreaded taking off my sleeping cloths to change into the day’s hiking clothes.  The “hot shower,” which was located in a corrugated metal shed outside, was out of the question as I knew my hair wouldn’t dry for hours in the cold. I decided to make do with face wipes and extra deodorant and hope that the larger town of Namche would have better facilitates. I woke up … Read More

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Everest Base Camp Trek -Day 1: The Journey of 1000 miles….

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This is day 1 of my Everest Base Camp Trek. For the complete series – click here. I woke up this morning with a lot of trepidation. Today, we would climb Everest. It sounded crazy even in my head. What was I doing? I’m really in horrible shape – I have no business doing any kind of multiple day, high alittude trek. I really have no business doing anything that can be classified as a trek. I was way over my head. In many ways, the feeling right before the trek began was way worse than the trek itself. It … Read More

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Everest Base Camp Trek -Preparation

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We’ve been planning to Everest Base Camp trek since before we left the states. I knew it would be challenging but I also hopped it would be one of the highlights of our five month trip. Gear Unfortunately, we knew that there was no way we would be able to carry the required clothing and other necessities for the first two months of our trip – we had no choice but to hope that we could by it all in Katmandu. We had heard that the Thamal area of the city was packed with outdoor equipment shops – and were … Read More

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How I Broke My Toe

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A couple of weeks ago, I announced all of my exciting Nepal Plans: Exploring the national park, seeing the fabled lake in Pokhara, and hiking to Everest Base Camp. I had finally psyched myself up for what would most likely be the most exhausting and exhilarating three weeks of my life. I was ready for anything. Then, four days before we were set to head to higher altitudes, I managed to break the big toe on my left foot. How? Let’s play a quick game. How do you think I broke it? A. Bathing this Elephant B. Paragliding Over Annapurna … Read More

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Everest Base Camp – We Survived!

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You may have noticed that it’s been a few weeks since my last update – that’s because Shannon and I have been busy trekking through the Nepali Himalayas. For the past two weeks we’ve been hiking through freezing cold, high altitudes to reach Everest Base Camp. Why? You ask. In the words of George Mallory “Because, It’s there.” We signed up for this trip months ago – before we even left the states, and to be honest, ever since then I’ve wondered if we would actually make it. It’s not just the seven long days of up hill hiking, or … Read More

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Yanghous’s Mud Cave

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Yanghshou is full of amazing and famous Karst Landscapes that will literally make you pinch yourself with wonder. Trust me – google it – it’s amazing. That’s not what this post is about, because Yangshou is also home to a super fun and cheesy attraction known as the Mud Cave. What is the mud cave? I’m glad you asked. The mud cave is basically what was once a really beautiful, natural cave that has been completely adulterated for the purpose of tourism. I was really outraged about this for about a hot second until I found out that they had installed … Read More

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Hiking the Tiger Leap Gorge

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You might want to dust off your bucket list and whip out a pencil, because it’s time to add another entry: Hiking through Tiger Leap Gorge. The two day, one night hike was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to China, and the funny thing is – if it weren’t for the fact that Tibet was closed and we had to change our plans, we would never have gone. So how can you make this happen – don’t worry I’m here to tell you. The jumping off point for the Tiger Leap Gorge is a city called Lijiang. It’s … Read More

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Nepal Plans

If you read my Facebook page, you know that after one month, I have left China for Nepal. Although I am sad to leave China, I am super excited for the trip I have planned through Nepal for the next three weeks. To help with our planning, I have partnered up with Simrik Real Nepal to experience the best of what the country has to offer. First off, Shannon and I will be exploring Katmandu. We will spend two days seeing the temples and the stuppas that make the capital city so special. Next, we will hit the road and head … Read More

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