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Mt Rainier Summit!

Hi Everyone,
It's only been 3 days since I got off Mt Rainier after a successful climb up the Kautz Route and now I'm already back in Ashford getting ready to do it all over again on Liberty Ridge, the imposing route on the north face of the mountain.

My climb up the Kautz Route seems trivial after reading and hearing the updates of the recent climbs on Everest, but still, Mt Rainier is a big, serious mountain and she does not give up her summit easily. Or a

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Photos from Tibet!

Hi Everyone,
I have just recently arrived in Bangkok after leading another Himalayan Studies Semester for Where There Be Dragons (WTBD). A few people I have met recently have been asking me about WTBD... If anyone is curious about this organisation and the student programs they run throughout the developing world, I'd be happy to answer them.

In a few days I am flying to Seattle for my two climbs on Mt Rainier - the first of these, the Kautz Glacier climb, is less than four weeks aw

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Annapurna Base Camp

Hi Everyone,

I am back in Pokhara after an awesome trek with a few of my students through the lower villages of the Annapurna sanctuary and then ultimately right up to Annapurna Base Camp itself.

It is hard to describe a trek through the Himalayas. Mere adjectives don't really do it justice. For me, it is an experience that encompasses every aspect of my being. In anycase, I will try my best.


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From Darjeeling to Pokhara...

Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu. The focal point of Tibetan culture in Nepal. We stay in a great guest house just near here during our time in Kathmandu.Hi Everyone,

A brief update before I am out of contact for the next 10 days....

After a few days in Kathmandu, I am now in Pokhara with 5 students. We are all excited to be here, especially because tomorrow we are beginning a 10-day trek to Annapurna base camp. While I have trekked the Annapurna circuit twice, I have never been into the fabled Sanctuary, so I am really looking forward to this trek.  For all of the students, it is their first venture into the Himalayas....they don't know just how awesome it is going to be!

We are leaving Pokhara early tomorrow and will drive about 1.5 hours NW to Nayaphul where our trek will begin. Rather than go straight up to base camp, I have decided to first head west to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, before cutting back NE towards base camp. Poon Hill is famous for the incredible sunrise views it offers over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This should be a great way to begin our trek and it will also assist us in our acclimitisation for Annapurna base camp, which is situated at 4130m above sea level.

We are hoping to spend two nights at the base camp (30th and 31st March) before descending all the way back to Pokhara in two days. Let's see how it goes.

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