Weekly trekking tales #09

Weekly trekking tales #09

Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race

“Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race” time and again has been described as the most spectacular running course in the world. During the race, one can view Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga (4 out of 5 of the world’s highest peaks). Founded in 1991, the 100 mile course traverses through isolated jungle, pine forests, small settlements and villages and across major rivers. Yaks, wild ponies, and the Red Panda are seen at higher elevations. At each overnight stop, meals are fully catered and accommodations are in rustic mountain huts. Sightseeing in the Darjeeling area includes the famous Himalayan Mountaineering Museum, Toy Train, and important Tibetan monasteries.

Starts October 22, 2016 in Darjeeling. Register here for 2016


Flaws with GORE-TEX

“When I discuss waterproof-breathable fabrics, a category that was invented and has been defined by GORE-TEX, I admittedly get worked up. In an early draft of yesterday’s post, for example, I called outright its marketing department know-nothings or liars, or both. And in multiple places I have forcefully explained the technological flaws of GORE-TEX and other branded and proprietary waterproof-breathable fabrics.”

Why does Andrew Skurka ride GORE-TEX so hard? Read more to learn.


The Trail To Kazbegi


What happens when four like-minded adventurers head into one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges with nothing but their mountain bikes and enough food to survive for 10 days?

The answer? What doesn’t happen? Terrifying lightning storms. Raging-river crossings. Snow-covered glacial pass traverses. Mind-melting descents. Constant fights with vicious dogs. Tense encounters with over-zealous border-patrol guards.


Winter ascent of Nanga Parbat - A History

By Tahsin Anwar Ali (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By Tahsin Anwar Ali (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat (8126m) in the Gilgit - Baltistan region of Pakistani Karakoram is one of the most sought-after goals in the world of Alpinism. Over 27 years, the mountain has seen 25 attempts by many of the world's top Alpinists. Read a detailed history of these expeditions in 4 episodes.


Mont Blanc: The Land of Toys

Okay, in fairness to Chamonix-Mont Blanc snowboarder Xavier de la Rue, Luca Rolli's Mont Blanc: The Land of Toys isn't full of terrifying, paramotor assisted descents in the middle of nowhere. So it's not as gnarly as that. It does, however, feature puckering-ly steep couloir riding on Mont Blanc–and an appearance from the late, great Andreas Fransson. 


Rs 2000 off on Kindle Paperwhite

We moved away from books to e-books four years ago and have never looked back. An e-book reader is cheaper, versatile and without distractions (unlike an iPad) it maintains the essence of reading a book. The only entertainment device for a long trek. Rs 2000 off on Kindle Paper white at Amazon India. Only till December 28th.


Cover image: This panorama was taken on the way to the base camp of Nanga Parbat, also known as the "killer mountain", the 9th highest peak of the world and the 2nd highest peak in Pakistan. By Waqas Usman (Own work) under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

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