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Just posted this massive from the South…

Just posted this massive from the South on Mount on my blog (link in my profile). On the blog, the pano is interactive, so you can zoom in, look at Everest, the Glacier, and more, and even see the climbing route up Everest’s Southeast Ridge if you look closely @gigapansystems

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Everest South Col Panorama

In 2009, our Eddie Bauer Return to Everest team had a day to kill at the South Col on Everest …

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The New Year has dawned, and with…

The New Year has dawned, and with it the promise of transition, change, new beginnings, and overdue goodbyes to old ways.
It’s always both an exciting and daunting time, full of promise and challenge in equal measure. With the new year comes change, but really with each new day…new moment…new breath comes change. As Heraclitus said: “Nothing endures but change.” So, a couple of New Year quotes, one on change from the #Buddha, which always helps me recognize the fleeting-ness of life, and the need to embrace it fully; and one on embracing the wild ride of life from the great Edward Abbey.

Enjoy, and Happy 2015! (Oh, and this shot is from 2012 on #Everest of clouds swirling above ice cliffs on the West Shoulder.) “This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.” – The Buddha “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs; where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you beyond the next turning of the canyon walls.” – Edward Abbey

#edwardabbey #change #Buddha #transience #newyear2015

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Day 5 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: In 2012,…

Day 5 of the #blackandwhitephotochallenge: In 2012, heading in to #Everest for an attempt on the West Ridge, I awoke early in the village of #Pheriche to take photos. After a while of rambling around through fresh snow and frozen creeks, I stumbled upon this view of #Kangtega and the shoulder of #Thamserku. It took a while to get the right combination of slow shutter for the water without totally losing the sun-accented ridges, but finally it worked.

This image always makes me think of Loren #Eiseley in “Flow of the River”: “If there is magic in this planet, it is contained in water… Its substance reaches everywhere; it touches the past and prepares the future: It moves under the poles and wanders thinly in the heights of the air. It can assume forms of exquisite perfection in a snowflake, or strip the living to a single shining bone cast up by the sea.” This has been great fun and a good exercise going through files to find the ones that translate well to #blackandwhite. I’d like to pass the torch onward to @davidcmorton, great friend, climbing partner, and one of the more creative people I know. Let’s see it, David! #liveyouradventure #blackandwhitechallenge #loreneiseley #water

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Shooting a timelapse above the village of…

Shooting a timelapse above the village of #Deboche tonight, watching #Everest and the south face of #Lhotse and #Nuptse turn crimson. While I sat, camera clicking away, I saw a dozen #danphe, the national bird of #Nepal, for musk deer, and I’m 50% certain I caught a glimpse of a snow leopard scuttling away through the rhododenron forest…not kidding.
Amazing evening, and I’m reminded of the #Skanda #Purana: “In a hundred ages of the gods, I cannot tell three of the glories of the #Himalaya. As the dew is dried by the morning sun, so are the sins of man at the sight of the Himalaya.” #magic #liveyouradventure #travelstoke

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Leaving the chaos of #Kathmandu, #Nepal, in…

Leaving the chaos of #Kathmandu, #Nepal, in a few minutes to fly to #Lukla and begin the fun trek up to #Everest Basecamp. Clear day!

In this old photo, taken in 1993 when I was a student in Kathmandu, peaks of the #Ganesh Himal rise in the distance behind the #pagoda roof of #Nyatapola Temple in #Bhaktapur, one of the ancient principalities of the Kathmandu Valley. Sadly, with dust and pollution in the Valley, views of the #Himalaya from Kathmandu are increasingly rare.

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Off to #Kathmandu, #Nepal, to guide my…

Off to #Kathmandu, #Nepal, to guide my friend Art to #Everest Basecamp. It’s been more than two years since I was last in Nepal, a place and people that have had more impact on my life than most anything. Excited to return and reconnect, but as always it’s a double-edged sword, as I’m leaving @wendebvalentine and the kids again. As I’ve said before, I’ll console myself in the knowledge that, in the words of George #Mallory, at night we can look up and “see the same stars”. In this photo, ethereal clouds float above prayer flags at Namo Buddha #Monastery near Dapcha, Nepal. #namobuddha #prayerflags

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Missing these two already, not to mention…

Missing these two already, not to mention my amazing wife, @wendebvalentine. It gets harder to leave on trips with each passing year, knowing that in my absence irreplaceable moments are passing, never to coke again. But, on the bright side, I’m off on another great fundraising expedition, this time to #Kilimanjaro to raise money for @charitywater with a great team. We’re hoping to raise $19,340 for charity:water’s #Sahel campaign, which would bring the #Challenge21 total to over $300,000 raised for safe #water and #sanitation. I’ll miss Wende and the kids terribly, but console myself, as I reminded them on the way to school this morning, that in the words of George #Mallory in 1921 on #Everest: “Goodnight and great love to you. We see the same stars. ” #charitywater #liveyouradventure

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Dawn casts long shadows across the plains…

Dawn casts long shadows across the plains of western #Tibet and on the slopes of #Gurla #Mandhata from the village of #Darchen. Rarely climbed, Gurla, aka #Naimon’nyi, is a 25,500 foot peak just south of sacred Mount #Kailash and the sacred lakes of #Manasarovar and #Raksas Tal. Tom #Longstaff made an impressive, although unsuccessful, attempt on it in 1905, reaching roughly 23,000 feet or 7,000 meters. The peak, the world’s 34th highest, wasn’t climbed to the summit until 1985. In 2006, I organized and led an expedition for @internationalmountainguides to Gurla with some friends and clients, making by my count the 12th ascent of the peak. A stunning mountain that provides a great alternative to the crowds and chaos of more popular peaks like Cho Oyu and #Everest…for those who want to work for it. #mondaymountain #gurlamandhata

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Photo of Teddy Norton climbing across the North Face of Everest on June 4, 1924, during his record-setting attempt on the summit. Photo by Howard Somervell.

Everest 1924: Norton & Somervell’s Record Attempt

It was not exactly difficult going, but it was a dangerous place for a single unroped climber, as one slip …

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