Russia - 2014, almost three years to the day.
Hitting golf balls off the summit of Europe's highest peak in the freezing cold, we would not have imagined it would be another 3 years until we would be gearing up for another adventure.
A lot has happened since then - Adam has moved across the country to be in the mountains full-time, while family adventures around the world have included a grueling hiking and rafting trip through the Arctic Circle for Adam and his daughter Sophie , as well as an 11,000 km road trip in South America from tip to tip with David and his father, Bob.
After these "solo" projects, we were ready to put the band back together and give it one more try in a place we have never been - the Himalayas. The opportunity to see the worlds' biggest mountains, as well as experience legendary Nepalese culture were big draws for both of us.
However, finding an expedition that would fit into our busy schedules (no more than three weeks) while also being at least a little off the beaten path, and with a smaller group, proved difficult. After much searching, we came upon IMG (International Mountain Guides) and their Mera Peak Express Climb.
The climb was organized by well-known climber and IMG owner, Eric Simonson - if that name sounds familiar, it's because Eric was the organizer the Mallory and Irvine Expedition, which, in 1999, found the body of famous Everest climber Edward Mallory, who was lost on Everest in 1924, and had never been found (if you have the chance to watch the National Geographic documentary on this expedition, it is worth the watch). While we were deciding on a guide service and route, Eric, as well as Greg Vernovage and the rest of the IMG staff was always available to answer any questions or concerns we had. So far, IMG's reputation as a top-notch guiding service is well deserved, in our eyes.
You can get a look at the itinerary by clicking HERE - the main advantage of this trip is that we will be taking helicopters over the initial pass to save valuable time (and/or avoid a very aggressive and dangerous altitude gain the first couple of days). Not only do we save time, we also get a helicopter ride in the shadow of Mount Everest!
We will Blog more about the specifics of the trip in the next couple of months - next up, we will introduce our team of Flatlanders - this time 4 strong!
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
- Mark Twain