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Gosainkund & Helambu – day 6

12 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Chisopani 2165 – Sundarijal 1460m Last day. I’d bus to Kathmandu from Sundarijal, the end of the Helambu. Up before dawn again. Pot of milk coffee on the hotel roof. The Helambu finishes … Continue reading ?

Hiking North and South Doublehead

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

North and South Doublehead are two picturesque mountains located just outside Jackson, New Hampshire, on the eastern edge of the White Mountain National Forest. They’re moderate peaks to climb with special interest to skiers, because one of the trails on North Doublehead is a backcountry ski trail. Show More Summary

Gosainkund & Helambu – day 5

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Mangengoth 3420m – Chisapani 2165 Though I struggled to wake in time, I did walk back up to the Green View viewpoint for dawn. This morning the teahouse owner led the trip up … Continue reading ?

Backpacking Gear Gift Guide: 50 Gifts Under $50

Tis the season where we need to start thinking about holiday gifts for our hiking and backpacking friends and family. It’s tough to find great gifts that these picky fanatics will appreciate and since I fall into that target category, I thought I’d help you out with a few suggestions. Finding good gifts for outdoor […]            

Gosainkund & Helambu – day 4

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Gopte 3439m – Mangengoth 3420m Good morning Gopte. Nepali toilets are as unsanitary as any in the world. I walked past down the mountain past this one to do my business. There’s a … Continue reading ?

Sleeping Bag Stuff Sack Size Guide

Stuff sacks are an important part of any hiker’s or backpacker’s packing system. Unfortunately, most of the stuff sacks that manufacturers include with their sleeping bags are just awful in terms reducing volume or quality and you’re better off buying a better one.  The purpose of this article is to review the best stuff sack types […]            

Gosainkund & Helambu – day 3

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Gosankund 4380m – Gopte 3439m My toughest day in the Himalaya 2014. Up and over the Lauribina Pass 4,610m. I’d not slept well, getting out of bed 4 times during the night to … Continue readi...

Burlap Buttress Re-Routed

The below photo shows the re-route to Burlap Buttress. This re-route is the back of the canyon just before the route does a 180 and heads SE.The old route climbed a class 3 wall/crack. The climb was not difficult, but the exit was full of loose rock endangering those below. Show More Summary

Gosainkund & Helambu – day 2

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Foprang Danda 3190m – Gosankund 4380m Enjoying my morning coffee in paradise. The Lodge owner walked me out to a shortcut trail through the haunted forest, skipping Sing Gompa, saving perhaps an hour. … Continue reading ?

Gosainkund & Helambu – day 1

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Syabrubesi 1500m – Foprang Danda 3190 To the sacred Gosainkund lakes. :-) I’d just finished an 8-day trek of the Langtang valley, finishing in Syabrubesi. While enjoying my room in the the BIG city … Continue reading ?

I saw a Red Panda

About an hour down from Gopte 3439m, on the Helambu Trail in Nepal. :-) The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called lesser panda and red cat-bear, is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and south-western China that … Continue reading ?

You Know You’re a Hiker When….

I confess. It’s all true. You know you’re a hiker when… when you look at a bar of chocolate in the store and put it back because it doesn’t have enough calories. when you measure everything in your life in liters and grams. when you can accurately judge your mileage after walking all day. when your […]            

Langtang Trek – day 8

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Bamboo 1970m to Syabrubesi 1503m I only had a couple of hours left on foot to reach “civilization” (slow internet). So it was a late awakening and a leisurely descent. Always a pleasure … Continue reading ?

Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket Review

Big Agnes has emerged as a leading manufacturer of down jackets over the past two years, bringing their know-how with down insulation, hood design, and lightweight fabrics to the challenge of designing high performance insulated apparel for front-country and backcountry use. Show More Summary

Langtang Trek – day 7

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Kyanjin Gompa 3830m to Bamboo 1970m Slow start. The high solo day hike of the day prior had taken a toll. My sunscreen had not seemed to work. (Does it ever work?) Donated … Continue reading...

Langtang Trek – day 6

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Langshisha Kharka 4110m to Kyanjin Gompa 3830m … day hike towards Tilman’s Pass basecamp Dawn broke clear and cold. Up to pee and walk down to the river (my water bottle had frozen), … Continue reading ?

Langtang Trek – day 5

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Nov 2, 2014 Kyanjin Gompa 3830m – Langshisha Kharka 4110m Another classic, perfect November day in the high Nepali Himalaya. Blue sky. Bright sun. I departed Kyanjin Gompa late. As usual. Today I … Continue reading ?

Langtang Trek – day 4

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Langtang Village 3430m to Kyanjin Gompa 3830m We stayed at the Tibet Hotel in Langtang. But all teahouses in any given location are near identical. It really doesn’t matter which one you choose. … Continue reading ?

Langtang Trek – day 3

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Lama Hotel 2420 to Langtang Village 3430m Again I had only milk coffee for breakfast, fortified with some instant coffee I brought along with me. For some reason we all felt stronger today, … Continue reading ?

Hiking Gear Casualties and Deaths, 2013-2014

Hiking in New England is really rough on gear and I go through many rolls of Tenacious Tape and tubes of Shoegoo every year to repair my favorite backpacking and mountaineering gear, outdoor clothing, and electronics when they are damaged or wear out. if you don’t try to extend the lifespan of your gear today, you’d be amazed how far […]            

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