Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2016’

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“Autumn is a second spring when every…

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus #truism #treesofinstagram #liveyouradventure

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Good night, Lost Creek Wilderness. Great to…

Good night, Lost Creek Wilderness. Great to be here in your beauty with my family. #thankful #liveyouradventure #lostcreekwilderness #lcw

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A decade ago, I was gazing upon…

A decade ago, I was gazing upon this view of #Gurla #Mandhata – aka Naimona’nyi or Memo Nani – from Camp 1 on the mountain. The highest peak in the Nalakankar Himal of western Nepal and Tibet, Gurla rises some 9,000 feet from the plateau below to its summit at 7,694 meters (25,243 feet), making it the 6th most prominent peak in Tibet and the world’s 34th highest. Despite it’s beauty, altitude, and relatively easy climbing (via the standard route up the Chaglung’mlungha Glacier, seen here), the peak is rarely climbed. It was first attempted in 1905 by Tom Longstaff (after he made the first reconnaissance of Trisul in India), but he and his team were turned back at roughly 7,000 meters. The peak didn’t see a full ascent until a joint Chinese/Japanese team climbed it in 1985. Since then, according to official records, only 6 other ascents (out of 8 attempts) have been made, the last being my expedition in 2006. An amazing mountain, and one to visit if you want high altitude (good training for #Everest) and no crowds! | In this photo, Gurla Mandhata is prominent in the center of the frame, with the “standard” route going up the obvious, low-angle glacier in the middle. To the left, the still-unclimbed full north face drops sharply before rising again to Guna La, a satellite peak of 6,900 meters, first climbed in 1997 by Quinn Simons, Tom Simons, Soren Peters, and Charlie Fowler. #liveyouradventure

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