Back in the U-S-A

21 Nov 2014 by Daniel

We’re back in the country after our time in Nepal and China. We will get some actual posts up about the trip and some of our experiences, but we wanted to share some pictures right away. Above is a shot of Everest from base camp.

This is a valley on the way first day or two of the trek. These Buddhist monuments are constant throughout the trek and at this elevation everything is still green and lush.

We spent a lot of time in Namche Bazaar. This is the last bastion of civilization along the trail. They have reasonably workable internet, tasty baked goods, and occasional hot showers for only $5.

Tasty treats in Kathmandu.

Monkey temple in Kathmandu.

We made it!

Giant panda feeding time in Chengdu.

Chowing down on bamboo.

Red panda at the verbosely named Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

You can see all of the photos from our Nepal/China trip on Flickr.

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Namche Bazaar, Nepal

25 Oct 2014 by Daniel

Just a short post, now that we have some wifi. We’re on day three, acclimatizing in a village called Namche Bazaar which sits at about 11,200 feet.

We have about 5 days of ascent remaining and about 8,000ft to go.

Upload or posting the image I wanted here proved… daunting. Click here for proof of life.

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Jordan’s Nepal/China Packing List

23 Oct 2014 by Jordan

Everyone knows that I love a good packing post. For our five week Nepal/China trip, it is extra important that we pack only the essentials (and all of the essentials). We are going to be doing a lot of trekking and carrying everything with us, so every pound counts. Likewise, we are going to be in some remote places and won’t necessarily have access to things like a pharmacy should the need arise. I did a fair bit of adding/subtracting, but I think I came up with the right balance. Without further adieu:

Bags:

  • REI Lookout 40L backpack (this is the same bag I used on the RTW trip)
  • 2  compression bags (one for clothes, one for my sleeping bag
  • 2 packing cubes (one for toiletries, one for medical supplies)
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 1 compressible/packable day pack

Clothes:

  • 1 microdown jacket
  • 1 waterproof shell
  • 1 thick hoodie
  • 1 thin hoodie
  • 1 base layer top
  • 2 short sleeve shirts
  • 1 tank top
  • 1 running shorts
  • 2 sports bras
  • 1 regular bra (not pictured)
  • 3 underwear
  • 3 pairs of darn tough hiking socks
  • 1 pair leggings
  • 2 pairs hiking pants
  • 1 hat
  • 1 gloves
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of hiking boots (not pictured)

Toiletries

  • SPF 30 sunscreen
  • deodorant for me
  • deodorant for Daniel
  • 1 travel hairbrush
  • qtips
  • hair ties
  • 1 bar glycerin soap
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • toothbrush
  • razor
  • tissues
  • 1 scrub glove
  • 1 bar of shampoo (lush)

Medical:

  • aquaphor
  • gauze pads
  • medical tape
  • bandaids (regular and butterfly)
  • neosporin
  • moleskin
  • ciprofloxacin (for traveler’s diarrhea)
  • acetazolamide and dexamethasone (for altitude sickness)
  • birth control (no Everest babies for us!)
  • diva cup (unpictured – you’re welcome! if you’re a guy… don’t ask)
  • iodine tablets (in case the Steripen fails)
  • Bottle of mixed OTC meds (worst.pharmacist.ever.) including ibuprofen, pseudoephedrine, pepto bismol, and maybe some other random stragglers
  • nail clippers
  • sewing kit (since Daniel insists on bringing only one pair of pants…)

Accessories/Misc:

  • 1 travel towel
  • 1 travel inflatable pillow
  • 1 sunglasses
  • 1 buff
  • 1 headband
  • 1 pack of gum
  • head lamp
  • kindle
  • iphone and headphones (unpictured)
  • chapstick
  • 2 sets of ear plugs
  • 2 collapsible 1L water bottles
  • passport

I omitted several things from the RTW packing list to make room for the sleeping bag. Less clothes, 1 less pair of shoes, no purse, and no ipad. All in, the pack weighs in at 16.2 pounds. I will probably add a roll of toilet paper once we get to KTM just for good measure. We won’t be blogging along the way because we don’t have much downtime planned and internet connectivity will likely be pretty spotty. I will try and post a picture here or on facebook every now and then, and we will write all about it when we get back!

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Nepal/China Packing List

19 Oct 2014 by Daniel

We are headed out tomorrow to start our five weeks in Nepal and China. As such, I’m doing the obligatory packing post. Jordan has the medical gear and assorted toiletries. My bag weighs in at ~23lbs (without water).

We were originally planning to do the Annapurna Circuit, but an unexpected blizzard hit the region making key portions of the trail inaccessible. Instead, we plan to do the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek, which is shorter (~60 miles), but we get to see Mount Everest. We should top out at 5,643m (18,513ft) at Kala Patthar, likely the highest point Jordan and I will ever visit. Needless to say, we are excited.

The List:

  • My Bag – 40L, REI Lookout 40, same as I took on our RTW trip
  • Sandals
  • Hiking Boots (not pictured)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Base layer pants
  • Shorts
  • Pants (only one pair this time around, Jordan thinks I’m insane)
  • 3x t-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Micro down jacket
  • Gortex rain jacket
  • Thin jacket
  • 3x socks
  • 3x underwear
  • Travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare glasses
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Vaccination card
  • Passport
  • Money thing
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Duct tape
  • Playing cards
  • 2x 1L collapsible water bottles
  • Headlamp
  • 5000 mAh USB battery
  • Travel plug adapter
  • 2 iPhone cables
  • 1 mini usb cable
  • 1 micro usb cable
  • Travel power strip
  • 3x 5V 1A power adapters
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Kindle
  • Glif camera mount for the iPhone
  • Sony NEX 5
  • Sony SL55210 lens
  • Sony SL16 lens
  • Think Tank camera bag
  • 3x camera batteries (one in camera)
  • 4x 16GB SD cards
  • 32GB SD card (in camera)
  • Headphones
  • USD SD card reader
  • Camera air blower cleaning thinger (thinger is a technical term)
  • Tripod
  • Strapping
  • GoPro
  • GoPro bag mount
  • 2x GoPro batteries
  • 32GB micro SD card (in GoPro)
  • Steripen (for killing nasty stuff in water)
  • Ankle brace (just in case)
  • iPhone (took the picture)
  • Compression sack
  • 2x misc mini bags to pack stuff

We saved some room this time around by only bringing iPhones and kindles. I replaced our computing devices with a sleeping bag which we didn’t have last time around. For flying, the bag is quite full, but once the camera bag comes out (it connects to the backpack) there is a ton of room in the bag.

That is all for now. I’m sure Jordan will be posting to Facebook occasionally and I’ll try to get pictures up on here as much as possible.

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Test Pack

24 Aug 2014 by Daniel


Everything you might need for fourteen days of hiking in Nepal and ten days in China. Including a sleeping bag for those chilly nights at 17,000′.

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