Because 2014 Is So Last Year

So it’s 2015. Every year I like to take some time to look back on the various lists that I had developed to review the various goals I had set; a way to measure where I’ve been and how far I’ve come. This year I’ve also opted to look back on some of the unexpected adventures…

Because Happy New Year

Happy New Year all y’all. It’s officially 2015 here in Kathmandu. I realize that my family and friends at home won’t be ringing in the new year for another 10 hours 45 minutes, but that’s neither here nor there.

Because Ringing In The New Year In Kathmandu

Today we said farewell to both Petrina and Sanjay – one returning home to Singapore, the other moving on to the next leg of his adventure in Dubai. That leaves just me, Rick, and Alan, (as well as Timarian – another trekker we met on our journey to Everest base camp) to ring in the…

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many…

To Everest Base Camp And Back Again

It seems unreal to think that only a few day ago I was descending into Everest Base Camp with Sanjay, Alan, Petrina, our guide Nik, and our porters Dil and Bhakta. It seems even more unreal since I am currently writing this post from a comfy bed in the Royal Penguin Spa Hotel in Kathmandu. The…

Because Everest Base Camp

Written two days ago, posted today – because interwebs are solar powered here and I was busy climbing mountains and stuff during the day. Today was a really good day. We awoke around 6am to make our way from Leboche to Gorakshep. While we were told the trek would take 3 hours, we managed it…

Because Dingboche To Leboche

Yesterday we spent our morning hiking up to 4900m just outside of Dingboche to acclimatize ourselves for the treks to come, including of course, base camp.

Because Christmas Eve

In the event that I wasn’t able to post while hiking to Everest base camp, I decided that I’d schedule this post before even leaving Canada for the grandest of adventures. At this point in time I should have reached Dingboche (4360m above sea level), unless I’ve had an unfortunate encounter with a Yeti.

Because Namche Bazar To Tengboche

Written yesterday, posted today, because time travel is weird. I awoke at 2:30 this morning because apparently even when I’m on vacation hiking in the Himalayan mountains, 5 hours of sleep is plenty.

Because Altitude

Another post written yesterday but posted today. This time due to the solar powered router not having power once the sun set behind the mountains. We’ve arrived in Dingboche without Rick. Having reached 4000m earlier in the day, it became clear that he was suffering from altitude sickness.

Because Phakding To Namche Bazar

Last night was cold. While our accommodations were spectacular (and well beyond what I expected), they didn’t stop the cold of the night from penetrating every fibre of my being. Fortunately I chose to gird my loins with some rather sporty thermal underwear. Also, the fleece liner and -20C sleeping bad didn’t hurt either.

Because Lukla To Phakding

I wasn’t able to post this yesterday as the wifi in Phakding on the way to Everest base camp wasn’t working. I never ever thought I’d write that sentence. I digress.

Because Kathmandu

After many hours in the air, followed by several hours at the airport getting a visa, waiting for luggage, and finding a taxi, I made it to my hotel in Kathmandu. Despite feeling gross from sitting in a plane for almost 24 hours, I opted to immediately collapse into bed for a wee nap.

Because Physics Is Hard

I wrote this a few nights ago. Or maybe it was only 24 hours ago. As I’ve stated before, travelling to the future messes with my ability to comprehend the space-time continuum. Regardless, I post now what I wrote in my past, which may now be your present. Physics is hard.