Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2007’

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The Sherpas (and sherpas) of Everest

The idea of climbing the great Himalayan peaks is not traditional in the region; it came with Westerners in the mid-1800’s. The sahibs understood immediately that assistance from the local people would prove invaluable in their attempts to climb these high mountains. The first Nepali people hired for expedition work were the Sherpa living in Darjeeling, India. Over the years, the Sherpa were hired again and again as climbing partners and assistants in the Himalaya. When Nepal opened its doors to foreigners in 1950 (after a revolution toppled the Rana regime which ruled Nepal from 1846-1950), the Sherpa became even more a mainstay of Himalayan climbing. In 1953, when Sherpa Tenzin Norgay summited Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, members of this small Nepali hill tribe hit the world news.

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Couple Kissing after Wedding, Isla Mujeres, Mexico A couple kisses at sunset just after their wedding on Playa Norte on …

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Meeting the Wilderness…prepared.

In today’s opinion article in The New York Times, legendary American climber Jim Whittaker – the first American to summit …

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Toubkal photos up!

A couple of days ago, I posted an entry on my recent journey to Morocco with my friend Art Adams. …

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Morocco & Djebel Toubkal

The morning of the 22nd dawned clear once more, and at 7:00 AM we were off toward the top of North Africa. The climbing on Toubkal is not difficult – moderately-steep snow slopes wander through a glacial valley to a col (Tizi’n’Toubkal) at 3,940 meters. From the col, we turned left and ascended scree and rock to the 4,167m/13,751 foot summit of Djebel Toubkal.

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