• Vinson Massif (16,050 ft / 4,892m) – Antarctica

    Summited on January 18, 2013

    Mount Vinson is the highest mountain in Antarctica, the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on earth.

  • Aconcagua (22,841 ft / 6,962 m) – South America

    Summited on December 12, 2012

    Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas and the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza, Argentina and near the international border with Chile.

  • Mount Kosciuszko (7,310 ft / 2,228 m) – Australia

    Summited on October 31, 2012

    Mount Kosciuszko is a mountain located in the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park. With a height of 2,228 metres above sea level, it is the highest mountain in Australia.

  • Carstensz Pyramid (16,024 ft / 4,884 m) – Oceania

    Summited on October 23, 2012

    Carstensz Pyramid, also known as Puncak Jaya, is the highest mountain in the Australasian continent and the lowest of the Seven Summits, but it is also the most technical and difficult to get to.

  • Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft / 5,895 m) – Africa

    Summited on July 31, 2012

    Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level.

  • Elbrus (18,510 ft / 5,642 m) – Europe

    Summited on July 17, 2012

    Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano located in the western Caucasus mountain range in Russia and the highest mountain in Europe. While there are differing authorities on how the Caucasus are distributed between Europe and Asia, many sources agree that Elbrus is also the highest mountain in all of Europe.

Day 7: Deboche to Pheriche

Broke off from the traditional group breakfast this morning and hiked back up to the Tengboche Bakery for Cappuccino and some delicious pastries. The uphill hike was well worth it. We rejoined the group in time for the departure towards Pheriche. Our first stop was at Pangboche (3930 m) at Lama Geshe’s house. Lama Geshe […]

Day 6: Khumjung to Tengboche to Deboche

Today was a pretty spectacular one. We started the day with a visit to the Hillary hospital in Khunde, about a 30-minute roundtrip walk from our Tea House in Khumjung. Upon our exit out of the village of Khumjung, I stopped by the local bakery for a cappuccino and apple strudel and later caught up […]

Day 5: Thame to Khumjung

After a quick breakfast at the Tea House, we headed over to Lakpa Rita’s native home in Thame. We were given a tour of the house, served milk tea, given another Khada for blessing and had the opportunity to meet his parents. Shortly thereafter we hit the trail taking a different route back to the […]

Day 4: Namche to Thame

We started our day with a private mini Puja ceremony at the Panorama Lodge. Each member of the expedition climbing team received a prayer blessing by flicking some rice wine called “Chang” in the air and taking a small sip. A blessed scarf named “Khada” was later put around our neck. After the ceremony, we […]

Day 3: Rest Day in Namche

Today was a rest day at Namche so we headed up for a morning acclimatization hike from our Panorama Lodge up to the Everest View Hotel climbing up from 3,440 meters to 3,860 meters. Halfway up the climb we were treated to spectacular panoramic views of Ama Dablam and our final destination of Mt. Everest. […]

Vinson Day 8: Summit Day!!!

Excitement is in the thin air as Summit Day is here!!! We got up this morning at 7:45 AM for a carbo-loaded breakfast of oatmeal, cereal and coffee, packed our backpacks and were on the trail at 9:25 am. Although it was cold when we got going, the weather quickly got warmer as the sun started peaking from […]

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Vinson Day 7: Rest Day at High Camp

I woke up to a rather unpleasant surprise this morning to find out my 1.5L Nalgene pee bottle cracked in the middle of the night and leaked in a small part of the tent and on my backpack. The temperature fluctuation inside the tent last night and this morning was pretty impressive. While the sun was […]

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Vinson Day 6: Move to High Camp

After a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, we broke down Low Camp, packed up our our tents and the rest of our gear and moved up to High Camp. We left at 3:45 PM and arrived at 9:35 PM. Along the way we were treated to spectacular views of the Antarctic landscape under ideal weather conditions. […]