We have collected 150+ lbs (and counting with more on the way) of donated clothing, school supplies, and medical/dental supplies for the kids of the Khumbu Valley (with still more to come in and get packed up). It looks like we’ll have at least three of the largest available duffel bags full of donated items. A huge thank you to all that donated and made this possible. These items will go a long, long way in supporting the kids in the Khumbu Valley — one of the poorest regions of one of the poorest countries in Asia (only Afghanistan has a lower per capita GDP), where per capita annual income is ~$1,200. Good karma coming your way for sure!
I headed up to Bob’s place in Fourmile Canyon, above Boulder (a.k.a. The Hinters) for some time in the mountains and to get in a little practice time on the ladders prior to heading into the Khumbu Icefall and we’re playing for keeps. Fortunately, our basic rigging system worked great and it was a lot easier walking across the rungs while wearing crampons, even as the ladders bowed and swayed, than I anticipated. At this point, I’ve done all I can to prep for the trip, so it must be time to just go do it! Soon enough…
We also did a quick trip up Bald Mountain, which is literally Bob’s backyard, with his buddy Cam and the dogs (Wilson and Bridger) in tow. It was a quick day out and only ~1,500′ of vertical, but we had some deep snow to plow through at times and terrific views from the top. More pictures available of our quick outing by clicking on the picture above.
I did another round of the Boulder Trifectra climbs the other day with Bob and we’ll be heading up to attempt 13,000′ Mt. Bancroft on Sunday. That will likely be my last big training day in the mountains prior to departure next Friday, 3/16. The trip is getting extraordinarily close. Pretty amazing it’s here already. Lots to do between now and then, but I feel very physically strong and ready to take on this challenge!
I spent today in the high country above Boulder and completed what is sometimes referred to as the Boulder Trifecta, which entails summiting Bear Peak (8,461′), South Boulder Peak (8,549′) and Green Mountain (8,144′). They’re all straightforward ascents with good elevation gain, so I threw 40+ lbs in my pack to increase the training benefits and headed uphill. It was a bit blustery and snowy throughout the day, but nice and quiet as I had the hills almost exclusively to myself. It was a good 6-hour push, covering 10 miles and ~4,500′ of vertical gain.
I’ve been trying to hit the hills frequently as of late, although the CO high-country remains really unstable with lots of new snow and high risk of avalanche, so I’ve been sticking to these lower elevation climbs in the Boulder area. Carla and I did Green Mountain last weekend (pictures available by clicking the above photo) and I’ll be doing the same Boulder Trifecta this coming Sunday with my buddy, Bob.