First Ascents in the Khumbu Himal

A first look at Nepal

Chris Wright and I conceived of this expedition a year ago by applying for the Copp Dash Award, a prestigious grant awarded to young alpine climbers who are talented and have a dream to explore the big ranges of the world.

Unfortunately life has kept me from divulging much information to anyone about this expedition until now:

We spent a few frantic days in Oregon at Chris’s house packing our seven 50 pound duffel bags for the flight to Kathmandu.  Our flight took us through Seoul South Korea for Barbeque and then onto Kathmandu.  We also made a tour of the city including the Monkey Temple before flying to Lukla.

Monkey Temple

For the last few days we have been doing some hikes above Namche and doing some bouldering on the many rocks protruding from the hillside above town.

Chris Bouldering above Namche

In a few days we’ll begin our trek to basecamp to explore our routes and get ready to climb.  The weather is good and we are psyched.

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