Comparing 3 Classic Treks: Inca Trail, Grand Canyon & the Himalayas

Switchbacks

When I was a kid, my dad would take my brother and I out to a park somewhere (maybe in Wisconsin?) to go “rock climbing.” Of course, this really wasn’t climbing up rocks, at least […]

Treat Your Porters Right When You Trek

Porters

They trudge by you on the path, carrying packs much larger than your meager day pack, often wearing nothing more than flip flops or worn out tennis shoes on their feet. They hang out in […]

The Nitty Gritty of My Trek to Gokyo Ri

Lukla to Phakding

I’ve written quite a bit already about my trek to Gokyo Ri with travel photographer Peter West Carey and five others. Gokyo Ri is an alternative to the Everest Base Camp trek, starting from Namche […]

Overcoming My Fear of Suspension Bridges

suspension bridge

A cold rain was pelting me as I cautiously, but quickly, put one foot in front of the other. My eyes glanced downward long enough to ensure I wasn’t stepping on any cracks in the […]

A First Timer’s Guide to Trekking in the Everest Region

Trekking to Pengboche

Hiking the Himalayas is like almost nothing else you have done before. Before my trip, my only frame of reference was hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu four years earlier. Considering that was just […]

Saying Thanks in the Himalayas

Gokyo Ri

It has been more than a month since I returned from Nepal, yet as I celebrate Thanksgiving this year, that time in Nepal is what comes to mind. As we were trekking in the Himalayas […]