Scheming and Dreaming

I’m only 2.5 weeks out from Nepal, but I am already planning the next adventure. It’s probably fair to say that I am an addict. This summer I will be traveling to Argentina to ice climb for two weeks, one step closer to my goal of building alpine experience. But coming home from an expedition…

Elliot at Sea Level

Well, I’m back where I started. Where hot showers are only a flight of stairs away, and fresh fruits sits on the countertop in mouth-watering amounts. The readjustment is stark and difficult; living at 20,000 feet is not comparable in almost any way. I am taking the week off school, heading up to Stinson Beach…

Into Thick Air

I’ve always believed that passion is something that is not imperative to survival, but you can’t live without. The only problem is, necessity sometimes only feels like a distant dream, a faraway nirvana. It is up to you to turn it into a reality. In coming here, I had no idea what to expect, what…

Kyajo Un-RI-chable

Mountains don’t move. And for that I am truly grateful, because I am already plotting another journey for Kyajo Ri. After trekking through uncharted terrain for several days to get to the mountain, our efforts were thwarted by a unexpected, steep rock band just a thousand feet from the summit. Although disappointing, we felt that…

Karl the Fog

A lot of you have heard of Karl the Fog, the infamous San Francisco weather system. You can even follow him on Instagram @karlthefog. It’s legit. Anyways, Karl took up temporary residence over the Khunde Pass, leaving us completely disoriented as we tried to ascend the valley. It was the first day out on our…

(Back) Into the Wild

Tomorrow we head out once again, to attempt our grand finale; Kyajo Ri. At 20,000 feet, it stands a similar elevation to our other summits, but that connection is about all it shares. This time we will be facing steeper slopes, icier terrain, and perhaps the biggest variable of them all: the unknown. None of…

Potatoes, Anyone?

  Today I had an adventure. Melissa and Ty sent me to fetch 13 pounds of potatoes from the nearby village of Khunde. After breakfast I set out, armed with a small backpack with a bit of money, my iPhone, and a water bottle. I walked out of the teahouse with them laughing behind me,…

Summit Snooze

Here I am, sitting in my tent atop a 20,000 foot peak, eating mash potatoes, stuffing, and bacon. Yes, bacon. I don’t think it gets any better than this. But in all seriousness, I can’t help but feel elated at the prospect of what I am doing. I reach over and pinch my forearm- yes, this…

Rocks, Rivers & Reggae

Here in the Khumbu, we like to climb steep ice, hike long days, and jam out to Bob Marley. Ty has introduced me to the wide world of reggae music, much to my moms dismay. I could literally hear her despair through the phone as I excitedly recounted my recently-gained knowledge of the nuanced music…

Nam-Chillin’

We have descended to our home base, Namche Bazaar, to rest up for a couple of days. After a failed attempt on Lobuche Peak due to heavy snowfall, we need time to rest, shower, and plot our next move. In about 3 days we will head out again for a second try on Lobuche, as…

24 Hour Dal Baat Power

This place is not for the faint of heart. You have to be prepared to sweat, shiver, stink, gasp, and consume ungodly amounts of rice. This post, for lack of a more eloquent opening, is going to be all about food. It is generally a topic of struggle up here, probably due to the insatiable…

Bastadi! Bastadi!

That’s Nepali for slow. Which is pretty much how everything is up here. At 15,500 feet, nothing is moving very fast. Today we crossed the Renjo-La Pass, at 17,800 feet. Surprisingly, it was a relief, rather than a stress trip. The three peaks looming in my future, surrounding me every day, are constantly on my…