The Great Himalayan Trail… I heard that it hadn’t been done solo before (later to find I was the 5th), so I derailed my plans to go scuba diving for a Himalayan adventure. The trail traverses the country of Nepal and I was awestruck by the extreme ruggedness, and the unbelievably intense and beautiful scenery. Equally as amazing, were the unbelievably kind and hospitable locals, surviving in the harsh landscape, yet always happy and welcoming. During my traverse I traveled through lowland jungles, across high alpine glaciers, stayed in a couple of local’s homes, had a near death experience, and a nighttime run in with a snow leopard. Everything you could ask for to make a wonderful adventure.
As my first real backpacking experience the 4700 mile journey from Steamboat Springs, CO to Prudhoe Bay, AK was a trial by fire. Starting in the middle of May on 8 feet of snow, I began the trip that would have me finish in snow on October 1st at Alaska’s Arctic coastline. From the high ridgelines and rugged peaks of the U.S. and Canadian Rockies, to the strong currents and unpredictable weather on the mighty Yukon River, and North through the Brooks Range of Alaska. The trip was a fabulous expression of not only the grand beauty of the wilderness, but what we can all be capable of.