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Dispatches from afar - the Alaska Range. Josh Terrell photo
Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
Writing dispatches in camp on Kilimanjaro. Mark Gunlogson photo
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September 17, 2014

Artisans of Kathmandu

Our trip to Mustang begins with a delicious traditional Newari dinner. Newari people are the centuries-old artists of the Kathmandu Valley, and our tour the following day includes an inside look at the old kingdom of Patan and some of its world-famous artisans. The pagoda temples of the palace square pay tribute to the craftsmanship that goes back hundreds of years, and we get to meet today's artists who follow in their father's and grandfather's footsteps. 


September 5, 2014

Ideal Mont Blanc Summit

 It was an amazing evening on the summit of Mont Blanc! We left the Gouter hut at 3:20 pm and enjoyed a crowd free climb to the top. Summiting at 6:50 pm, we took our time descending, reveling in the incredible evening light cast upon the mountain. A truly amazing day in the mountains and a new friend made. 


August 28, 2014

"Pole pole" on Kilimanjaro

This was the last Kilimanjaro trip of the season and all six clients made to the top. The group arrived on the 9th August 2014 but in two separate flights. George with his kids arrived from Nairobi while the other three arrived with KLM. First night at our private camp was very special place to be. Driving in darkness from the airport, Michael said, “Ben, what are we going to see?” “Nothing!” I answered in a joking way. It is very dark but we could see some lights in the villages, and in the park before camp we saw a waterbuck and three rabbits. So perhaps I was wrong as we did see something!


August 22, 2014

Weather in the Alps Won't Stop the Madness

This summer hasn't been the best in the Alps in terms of the weather and therefore the conditions. It has been raining a lot and the high peaks are covered with fresh snow. The good news is that in the Alps it is fairly easy to go to a different area and still get a great day of alpinism. Following that idea, we just finished a trip in Europe with five summits instead of three.


August 19, 2014

Pik Lenin Expedition Reaches Base Camp

We have arrived at Base Camp to beautiful skies, Pik Lenin rising directly above. The drive to camp took us over a nearly 4000 meter pass, on a highway that, in places, was so damaged there was room only for one vehicle.  We drove south from Osh, through the Trans-Altai mountain range, finally emerging into the Alay Valley and the start of the Pamir Range and Pik Lenin. [+] READ MORE