Category Archives: Mera & Island

Peaks and Passes Day 11: April 25

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 11: A day for further acclimatization. We follow the ridge above camp to around 5500 metres and return to Khare. Camp. Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? Nepal is home to one of … Continue reading

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TA Latitude:27.74454 Longitude:86.87827 GPS location Date/Time:04/25/2013 07:41:44 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/BqCVU/27.74454N/86.87827E If … Continue reading

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Peaks and Passes Day 10: April 24

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 10: We ascend an ablation valley beside the Dig Glacier to Kare, the basecamp area for Mera Peak. Camp (5000m). Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? Mera and Island Peaks are technically classified … Continue reading

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Acculimatization Day…and My April Birthday :)

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Peaks and Passes Day 9: April 23

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 9: A second acclimatization day at Tagnag. Today is set aside for skills training particularly the techniques required for fixed lines and crevasse rescue. Camp. Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? There are … Continue reading

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Tagnag Your It :)

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TA Latitude:27.73232 Longitude:86.83371 GPS location Date/Time:04/23/2013 06:33:07 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/Bogoo/27.73232N/86.83371E If … Continue reading

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Peaks and Passes Day 8: April 22

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 8: A day for acclimatization. We trek up above camp to around 5,000 metres for views across to the Mera La and return to Tagnag. Camp. Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? The … Continue reading

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On the Road Again

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TA Latitude:27.66331 Longitude:86.81350 GPS location Date/Time:04/22/2013 09:20:48 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/Bo043/27.66331N/86.81350E If … Continue reading

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Peaks and Passes Day 7: April 21

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 7: Following the west side of the Hinku River, we trek via the Yak herders’ summer settlement of Gondishung and its Buddhist shrine to Tagnag (4350m). Camp. Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Snow

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Peaks and Passes Day 6: April 20

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 6: We follow a delightful descending trail across three ridges, before dropping steeply down to the Hinku River and a final uphill to Gotay (3600m). Camp. Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? Archaeological … Continue reading

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Snow Day!!

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Wind Horses

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Peaks and Passes Day 5: April 19

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 5: A long day mostly uphill to cross the Zatrwa La (4600m) and descend to Tuli Kharka a high pasture above the Hinku valley. Camp (4320m). Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? Nepal … Continue reading

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TA Latitude:27.64176 Longitude:86.77614 GPS location Date/Time:04/19/2013 08:41:35 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/BlrD4/27.64176N/86.77614E If … Continue reading

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How Many Feet?

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Peaks and Passes Day 4: April 18

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 4: Acclimatization day. We make a trek up to around 4000 metres giving views over the Dudh Khosi Valley and across to the Atwra La pass. We return to Chutanga. Camp. Fun Fact of the … Continue reading

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Peaks and Passes Day 3: April 17

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 3: A short and easy day of trekking off the beaten track, up through thinning forest to the grazing area of Chutanga (3050m). Camp. Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? Nepali, a branch … Continue reading

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Rhododendron Amazingness!!!

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TA Latitude:27.67136 Longitude:86.75940 GPS location Date/Time:04/17/2013 07:48:24 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/BkLZZ/27.67136N/86.75940E If … Continue reading

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Dzous

Here is a picture of some dzous. They are a cross between a yak and a cow for use in lower elevations where yaks can’t survive. They are used to carry both gear for Trekkers as well as supplies for … Continue reading

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Junko Tabei

Junko Tabei from Japan was the first woman to summit Mount Everest. Here is a picture of Everest she signed for the owners of the Sherpa Lodge here in Lukla. She is one of my heroes.

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Special Hellos

Before heading off, I also wanted to say a special hello to the some of the Grade Four classes at Bishop Abraham School, Rennies River Elementary School and to Students at C.C. Loughlin School. I’m so glad you’ll be along … Continue reading

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The Real Heroes

The real heroes of this experience will be our trekking staff: Climbing sherpas, porters, cook and kitchen staff. They will facilitate our experience through their very hard work. Having been on many expeditions where I have carried loads, I so … Continue reading

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Thanks to the Grade Fours at HTE

Thanks for all your comments and questions today. Sorry I couldn’t respond to them all individually. It’s pretty cool that there is wireless in Lukla but I’m on a very small handheld typing with one finger. So keep asking and … Continue reading

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Peaks and Passes Day 2: April 16

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 2: An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla (2840m). We spend the remainder of the day resting and acclimatizing. We stay in a tea house. Fun Fact of the Day … Continue reading

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Trail sign

On the trails in Nepal you share the trail with many folks and beasts. The Grade Fours at HTE asked if I had seen any animals so far. We’ve seen horses, dzous (cross between yak and cow), lots of dogs … Continue reading

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Spinning Prayer Wheels

Here Marian is spinning a prayer wheel along side the trail in Lukla. They are filled with prayers/intentions that get released to the universe when spun. They are spun clockwise with the right hand.

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In Lukla

Hello from Lukla, Despite some low cloud cover in KTM, we were able to fly to Lukla today. A different start to a trek in that we are staying in Lukla tonight and heading to 3000 meters up behind Lukla. … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from TA SPOT Messenger

TA Latitude:27.68718 Longitude:86.73224 GPS location Date/Time:04/16/2013 02:19:20 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/BjX4q/27.68718N/86.73224E If … Continue reading

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Peaks and Passes Day 1: April 15

Expedition Itinerary Plan for Day 1: We meet the rest of the expedition crew in Kathmandu, pack our expedition duffels, and explore Kathmandu. Fun Fact of the Day DID YOU KNOW? According to UNESCO, Nepal contains four World Heritage Sites: … Continue reading

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Everest Hardware

We met up with Christine and Tyler and helped them find another Kathmandu landmark, Everest Hardware. It’s a fun place to shop because they sew their gear right there and they will even sew to your own dimensions. We’re hoping … Continue reading

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Momotarou

What is momotarou? Is it: A) A Tibetan dumpling usually filled with meat? B) A Nepalese fortune telling card deck C) What life is like with rotating electricity brown-outs? D) TA’s favourite restaurant for Japanese food in Thamel? E) All … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from Boudhanath

A Happy New Year of 2070 to you. We spent some of this celebratory day circumambulating the stupa at Boudhnath. Boudha is one of my special places and I make sure to visit each time I am in Kathmandu. We … Continue reading

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Happy New Year’s Eve

After nearly 36 hours, we,be arrived in Kathmandu. And it’s Nepali New Year’s Eve. Tomorrow. Will be the year 2070! We celebrated at the Nargilla, one of our favourite restaurants here. The picture is what we saw when we looked … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from TA SPOT Messenger

TA Latitude:27.71282 Longitude:85.30961 GPS location Date/Time:04/13/2013 12:32:10 NDT Message:Peaks and Passes: This is TA and her team’s location on their Mera Peak to Island Peak Expedition in Nepal… Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/Bhk2b/27.71282N/85.30961E If … Continue reading

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Made it to London

Hello from London Travels are very smooth thus far. Guess how many countries Marian and I have now visited together? Off to Qatar in 3 hours…

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No More Sleeps

A few last things to be zipped into the bags, our plane clothes put on, and a few last details to take care of and we’re off.  Thanks for all the well wishes. We look forward to sharing the trip … Continue reading

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