Month: December 2021

Gelje Sherpa’s Big Gamble: A New Route on Winter Cho Oyu, from Nepal + The “Batard route” of access to Everest unveiled

Gelje Sherpa's Big Gamble: A New Route on Winter Cho Oyu, from Nepal — by Explorersweb.com
The “Batard route” of access to Everest unveiled – from Montagnes-magazine.com ( in English also)
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https://explorersweb.com/gelje-sherpas-big-gamble-a-new-route-on-winter-cho-oyu-from-nepal/ — Gelje Sherpa's Big Gamble : A New Route on Winter Cho Oyu, from Nepal.

https://www.montagnes-magazine.com/actus-la-voie-batard-acces-everest-devoilee — The “Batard Route” of access to Everest unveiled. (English translation also)

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Gelje Sherpa's Big Gamble: A New Route on Winter Cho Oyu, from Nepal — by Explorersweb.com

The "Batard route" of access to Everest unveiled – from Montagnes-magazine.com ( in English also)

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https://explorersweb.com/gelje-sherpas-big-gamble-a-new-route-on-winter-cho-oyu-from-nepal/ — Gelje Sherpa's Big Gamble : A New Route on Winter Cho Oyu, from Nepal.



https://www.montagnes-magazine.com/actus-la-voie-batard-acces-everest-devoilee — The "Batard Route" of access to Everest unveiled. (English translation also)

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Interview with Jon Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Climbing + Canadian Ice 10-Pack-Pack, Routes Not to Miss

Interview with Jon Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Climbing — from Explorersweb.com
Canadian Ice 10-Pack-Pack, Routes Not to Miss — from Climbing.com website
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https://explorersweb.com/interview-with-jon-gupta-i-am-done-with-8000m-guiding/ — Interview with John Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Guiding.

https://www.climbing.com/places/canadian-ice-10-pack-local-knowledge-on-routes-not-to-miss/ — Canadian Ice 10-Pack, Routes Not to Miss.

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Interview with Jon Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Climbing — from Explorersweb.com

Canadian Ice 10-Pack-Pack, Routes Not to Miss — from Climbing.com website

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https://explorersweb.com/interview-with-jon-gupta-i-am-done-with-8000m-guiding/ — Interview with John Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Guiding.



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Interview with Jon Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Climbing — from Explorersweb.com
Canadian Ice 10-Pack-Pack, Routes Not to Miss — from Climbing.com website
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https://explorersweb.com/interview-with-jon-gupta-i-am-done-with-8000m-guiding/ — Interview with John Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Guiding.

https://www.climbing.com/places/canadian-ice-10-pack-local-knowledge-on-routes-not-to-miss/ — Canadian Ice 10-Pack, Routes Not to Miss.

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Interview with Jon Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Climbing — from Explorersweb.com

Canadian Ice 10-Pack-Pack, Routes Not to Miss — from Climbing.com website

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https://explorersweb.com/interview-with-jon-gupta-i-am-done-with-8000m-guiding/ — Interview with John Gupta : I am Done with 8,000m Guiding.

https://www.climbing.com/places/canadian-ice-10-pack-local-knowledge-on-routes-not-to-miss/ — Canadian Ice 10-Pack, Routes Not to Miss.

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Appalachian Trail Section Hiking: Atwell Hill Trail and Ore Hill Trail (NH)

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The Atwell Hill/Ore Hill Trail section of the AT in New Hampshire is one of the more quieter nooks in the state, mostly because there aren't any big mountains. I ran into a few people on my 10+ mile out and back run, using Cape Moonshine Road to loop back rather than go out and back.

The trail mostly heads uphill from the Atwell Hill toward Ore Hill. It's a pleasant trail run with some erosion, but nothing too crazy.

The Ore Hill section was the more annoying of the two. You had to go up to Ore Hill, then steeply descend down to the road. Instead of coming back, I decided I wanted to run the road over to Cape Moonshine Road, where I would invariably add a mile or two, but wouldn't have to go back uphill.

Ultimately, this was an enjoyable trail run given the moderate grades, but it's not a journey I anticipate coming..

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The Atwell Hill/Ore Hill Trail section of the AT in New Hampshire is one of the more quieter nooks in the state, mostly because there aren't any big mountains. I ran into a few people on my 10+ mile out and back run, using Cape Moonshine Road to loop back rather than go out and back.


The trail mostly heads uphill from the Atwell Hill toward Ore Hill. It's a pleasant trail run with some erosion, but nothing too crazy.




The Ore Hill section was the more annoying of the two. You had to go up to Ore Hill, then steeply descend down to the road. Instead of coming back, I decided I wanted to run the road over to Cape Moonshine Road, where I would invariably add a mile or two, but wouldn't have to go back uphill.




Ultimately, this was an enjoyable trail run given the moderate grades, but it's not a journey I anticipate coming back to unless I am thru-hiking. It's quiet, but there's not much by way of enjoyable scenery.

Total Time: 1 hr 40 Total Distance: ~10.6 milesTotal Elevation Gain: ~1565 feet
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Signs of winter + poison ivy avoidance tips

I bought a new tent. It's a one person, to replace the one I gave away this summer. Tents to me represent possibility and adventure. I only spent 37 nights (so far) backpacking this winter, but someday I will spend many more. I love tents!
I set it up indoors, making sure the cat wasn't around. He likes to attack tents. By now, my neighbor Mike has learned to see many tents set up outside. He generally wanders over to inspect the tent. However, the weather has not been great–icy and cold. Indoors it was.

Tents to me represent possibility. Where will I go? There are so many trails, but so little time!
It'll be a while before I can use it. I think winter is finally coming. I saw a few signs this week. I was running on an abandoned road and saw a random Christmas tree.

And the backcountry lake is open for skating!

Skiing can't be too far behind.
Earlier this week I was able to hike all the way to Slickrock Falls, which is the first time I have ever been able to do..

I bought a new tent. It's a one person, to replace the one I gave away this summer. Tents to me represent possibility and adventure. I only spent 37 nights (so far) backpacking this winter, but someday I will spend many more. I love tents!

I set it up indoors, making sure the cat wasn't around. He likes to attack tents. By now, my neighbor Mike has learned to see many tents set up outside. He generally wanders over to inspect the tent. However, the weather has not been great–icy and cold. Indoors it was.

Tents to me represent possibility. Where will I go? There are so many trails, but so little time!

It'll be a while before I can use it. I think winter is finally coming. I saw a few signs this week. I was running on an abandoned road and saw a random Christmas tree.

And the backcountry lake is open for skating!

Skiing can't be too far behind.

Earlier this week I was able to hike all the way to Slickrock Falls, which is the first time I have ever been able to do this late in the season. While it was nice to go for a hike, this certainly isn't normal. I hoofed it up to the falls and back, only encountering a few other brave souls. Once at the falls, I looked longingly up at the route to Deadman Lake. I knew from experience it would take an hour to travel the mile up to the lake, and there's one difficult spot to traverse. It was so windy that I feared trees falling on me, and it wasn't the right time to attempt it. It is always hard to turn around, but live to hike another day.

But guys! I avoided getting poison ivy this year! I don't know if these tips below helped, but if you are as allergic as I am, you might give them a try.

  • The obvious–don't wear shorts. I used to not follow this rule, but it's a sure way to get PI. I wear long pants and long sleeved shirts. When I get to camp, I put these clothes in a plastic bag and put on my sleeping clothes. I carefully put on the hiking clothes the next day and wash my hands.
  • I wipe off my shoes with baby wipes and rinse my poles in water.
  • Technu during the golden hour. There are wipes or the lotion. Either works.
  • Anything dangling off your pack could brush against PI. Like your bandana, your pee rag (gasp) your sit pad…anything. Your pack, too, can become contaminated. Don't take it into the tent with you. Wash it in the bathtub when you get home. Wash everything!
  • Bring a change of clothes for the car ride home, or you may find yourself with PI on the car seats, to be a problem much later on. The oils can last for over a YEAR on things.
  • Rain gear really is the best for going through PI if you can stand sweating. Likewise, if you pass through PI in the rain, or in the fall when it is less potent, do so. The dormant phase, where it looks like dead sticks, can still give you a rash. You know the PI by the white berries on the stalks. Avoid! Avoid!
  • I don't bring a dog when I am hiking in PI. The oils can stick to their fur.
  • I sometimes use my poles to hold the taller plants out of my way, but have to remember what part of the pole was touching it and not touch with my bare hands.
  • The websites SAY that washing in a machine will nullify the PI but I am not convinced. I wash the clothes, and sometimes twice, in the washer. Then I run an empty cycle with detergent and vinegar. I am not taking the chance! I also wipe out the dryer with cleaner before putting any other clothes in, if I am not air drying at the time.
  • Another Captain Obvious: cold shower at first. Though honestly, I have done hot showers and haven't seen much difference. However, apparently hot showers open pores and allow for more contamination.

Any other tips? How's everyone's winter going snow wise? (unless you live in the southern hemisphere. If so, can I come visit?)

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Leominster State Forest: Rocky Pond, Chestnut Loop, and Berry Hill Loop (Leominster and Westminster, MA)

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The Leominster State Forest has increasingly become one of my favorite places to run in Central Mass. There's an impeccable combination of easy gravel roads combined with some more challenging mountain bike style trails that you can easily run. And the erosion is minimal compared to other trails in the area.

For this loop, Lauren and I started at the Parmenter Street trailhead on Elm Street. This is a long forest road that actually has some ups and downs.

But it's a lovely trail, and it meets up with Rocky Pond eventually, where we got stunning foggy views. But before heading to the pond, we caught the Chestnut Hill Loop, where I did a few laps while Lauren hiked the trail (she had just gotten over Covid at this time, and it took a while to get back into it). The Chestnut Hill loop was a fun, albeit not too exciting section, a..

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The Leominster State Forest has increasingly become one of my favorite places to run in Central Mass. There's an impeccable combination of easy gravel roads combined with some more challenging mountain bike style trails that you can easily run. And the erosion is minimal compared to other trails in the area.

For this loop, Lauren and I started at the Parmenter Street trailhead on Elm Street. This is a long forest road that actually has some ups and downs.



But it's a lovely trail, and it meets up with Rocky Pond eventually, where we got stunning foggy views. But before heading to the pond, we caught the Chestnut Hill Loop, where I did a few laps while Lauren hiked the trail (she had just gotten over Covid at this time, and it took a while to get back into it). The Chestnut Hill loop was a fun, albeit not too exciting section, and was the most eroded trail of the day.





After catching Rocky Pond, we went a little further on Parmenter before I broke off on the Limbo Trail. Lauren did a shorter loop around the pond, while I continued up to Berry Hill. This was definitely the steepest part of the day, but not too steep. I continued to run uphill.






The descent off Berry Hill on the Red Oak Trail was gorgeous. Beautiful, foggy fall put on a spooky display while I relished the journey.

The Red Oak Trail eventually meets up with Fenton Road, which is a gorgeous forest road with a scenic canopy wrapped around the sky above. At the end of this trail, I caught back up with Parmenter which I ran back to the car and met up with Lauren.


This was an amazing medium distance loop that I would recommend to any hiker or trail runner–especially in the late summer/early fall!

Total Time: 1 hr 5 minTotal Distance: ~5.93 milesTotal Elevation Gain: ~741 feet
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Winter Climbers Prepare in Pakistan and Nepal + The Six Northern Faces of the Alps

Winter Climbers Prepare in Pakistan and Nepal — from Explorersweb.com website
The Six Northern Faces of the Alps — from Desnivel.com website
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https://explorersweb.com/winter-climbers-prepare-in-pakistan-and-nepal/ — Winter Climbers Prepare in Pakistan and Nepal.

https://www.desnivel.com/alpinismo/las-seis-caras-norte-clasicas-de-los-alpes/ — The Six Northern Faces of the Alps.

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Winter Climbers Prepare in Pakistan and Nepal — from Explorersweb.com website

The Six Northern Faces of the Alps — from Desnivel.com website

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https://www.desnivel.com/alpinismo/las-seis-caras-norte-clasicas-de-los-alpes/ — The Six Northern Faces of the Alps.

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The Lone Wolves of Makalu + Alice Morrison Begins 675 Km Jordan Trail Trek

The Lone Wolves of Makalu — from Explorersweb.com website
Alice Morrison Begins 675 Km Jordan Trail Trek — from Explorersweb.com
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The Lone Wolves of Makalu — from Explorersweb.com website

Alice Morrison Begins 675 Km Jordan Trail Trek — from Explorersweb.com

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New Trail on Everest found avoiding the dangerous Khumbu Icefall + Teen climber Shehroze Kashif confronts mortality and history on K2 summit

New Trail on Everest found avoiding the dangerous Khumbu Icefall. — from KatmanduPost.com
Teen climber Shehroze Kashif confronts mortality and history on K2 summit – from Dawn.com
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https://www.dawn.com/news/1661922/teen-climber-shehroze-kashif-confronts-mortality-and-history-on-k2-summit — Teen ClimberShehroze Kashif confronts mortality and history on K2 summit.

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New Trail on Everest found avoiding the dangerous Khumbu Icefall. — from KatmanduPost.com

Teen climber Shehroze Kashif confronts mortality and history on K2 summit – from Dawn.com

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https://kathmandupost.com/national/2021/12/03/new-trail-to-everest-has-been-discovered-climbers-can-avoid-treacherous-khumbu-icefall? — New Trail to Everest found avoiding the dangerous Khumbu Icefall.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1661922/teen-climber-shehroze-kashif-confronts-mortality-and-history-on-k2-summit — Teen ClimberShehroze Kashif confronts mortality and history on K2 summit.

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Welcome to the Podcast

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