mountainsofmountains 5.4.15: Noah and I are back in Lukla, planning to fly to KTM tomorrow. This is our 18th day in the sulu-khumbu, and the last 10 day have been physically and mentally challenging in many ways, at times scary, confusing a little disappointing but also uplifting in terms of the generosity and kindness we've encountered in both locals and foreigners we've met along the way. Most of all we feel very lucky and immensely grateful to be safe, and in many ways removed from the epicenter of this enormous disaster.

I took this pic of Noah crossing the Ngozumba Glacier on our way to the Cho-La Pass and eventually EBC an hour or so before the earthquake. The conditions were quite bad that day - little visibility, lots of snow, very cold. Shortly after arriving in Dragnog we felt the walls of the tea house begin to shake and after a few moments of all of us looking at one another, the Sherpa host yelled for everyone to get outside. We didn't really know what was happening... we thought maybe a landslide or avalanche... But we ran without grabbing our coats, as the shaking got more intense. When it finally stopped we all stood there for a moment, stunned, breathing heavily. We all knew immediately that it was bad. In the 10 minutes after the quake that we still have satellite wifi, someone checked Twitter and messages were already pouring in from all over Nepal giving us some indication of just how bad things really might be, and a few of us managed to get a quick email out to our family. The next morning, we decided to forgo the Cho-La Pass and to head down valley in search of more info and comms, and so began the two day walk to Dingboche, to the only wifi single for days and the mass of confusion, here-say and crowds of people from all over the Khumbu trying to get some answers....
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  •   stephaniecoffaro Glad you guys are safe! I was thinking about you as soon as I read the news. Continue safely on your travels!! 1d
  •   kellyvanessa11 Was so happy to hear you both were safe!! It must be an undesirable experience. Safe travels home x 1d
  •   pokeyreese We keep thinking about you guys. So happy you are safe. 23h
  •   mmardelli Been thinking of you 2 constantly! Love you both and get home safely!! 22h
  •   kellyvanessa11 I didn't write undesirable...auto correct. Indescribable experience...big hugs 19h

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mountainsofmountains We've been doing a clockwise circuit of the Sulu-Khumbu region of the Himalayas, the slightly less traveled route that will include Gokyo Ri, Cho-la pass, Kala Pattar etc. Noah and I reached Gokyo today at 4800 meters. As we hiked up valley, directly ahead of us is the magnificent Cho-Oyu, and to our back is Thamserku (seen here). Tomorrow from the peak of Gokyo, if the clouds clear, we will see not just Everest but many of the great Himalayan peaks!! 2w

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mountainsofmountains Dusty Kathmandu in the early hours. 3w

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mountainsofmountains It's important not to leave for the Himalayas without the original Mountain Man Trekkers Fuel. Getting psyched for a dawn departure tomorrow! 3w

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mountainsofmountains The adventure begins!! 3w
  •   pokeyreese Yea! Have fun! Hope to see you guys when you return! So exciting 3w
  •   jftacadena Have an amazing adventure! Can't wait to hear all about it! :) 3w
  •   davidrothschild7 Have fun 21 years later it is still my favorite spot in the world 3w
  •   mountainsofmountains @davidrothschild7 we're eventually headed to Kathmandu and the Himalayas, honeymooning! But excited about the UAE as well! 3w
  •   sonals3 Have a blast!!!!!!!!!! 3w
  •   laurenzinn Enjoy! 3w

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mountainsofmountains Happy sibling day big bro! @jaxmyers I'm a lucky little sis to have grown up with a brother like you. 4w
  •   jaxmyers Thanks Britt! I'm lucky to have grown up with you too! 4w
  •   blnqta You were the cutest kids I've ever seen! 4w
  •   jordanmccseme That is too cute for worlds! You are adorable!! 4w

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mountainsofmountains We been preparing for a few months for one of our biggest adventures together yet: a month in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas. Hard to believe it begins in a little over a week. What will it feel like to be surrounded by the silence of the worlds highest mountains, to be so vehemently reminded of what it means to to be alive as another animal in a natural place? 1mon

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mountainsofmountains mi familia 1mon

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mountainsofmountains Photos just arrived! So many good ones I don't know where to begin. Love this one with you @jordanmccseme photo by Daniel Diaz 1mon

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mountainsofmountains We found a secret mountain in the Catskills and we practically had it to ourselves today!! 2mon
  •   nikagharkar Is that because everyone else called it "the woods" and not a "mountain"? 2mon

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mountainsofmountains Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my Irish friends and family. Ireland will always hold a special place in my heart. Today has a lot of meaning for me, but it's also a strange day in away because it's the day my grandfather, who fell in love with an girl from Dublin and brought her across the ocean to Canada, died 16 years ago. Charleston at sunset with two people who helped shape my time in Ireland, and who I love dearly. 2mon

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mountainsofmountains I want to be a starfish 2mon

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mountainsofmountains The most perfect night. 2mon

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mountainsofmountains Always adventuring🌲 2mon

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mountainsofmountains I could use some of this right now! 2mon

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mountainsofmountains The coolest wheelchair-snowboard rig and this awesome team! Great day with the adaptive climbers on the ice flows of the Catskills. #neice 2mon
  •   rachelfleit @dustingrella we gotta get in on this 2mon
  •   dustingrella @rachelfleit I love the snow so much! I was just standing there in the snowstorm yesterday thinking about how quiet the city gets when it snows. I think the snowflakes must interrupt the sound waves. 2mon

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mountainsofmountains Beauty 2mon

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mountainsofmountains Bluebird day 2mon

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mountainsofmountains Happy Valentines Day from snowy Whiteface! 3mon

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