Carstensz Pyramid: Summit Day

Overwhelming. Breathtaking. Magnificent. Dumbfounding. Yes, some experiences and moments leave you bereft of speech – which is particularly powerful when it strikes a person who usually relishes transforming said experiences into words. Yet here I stand, and the words fail me. I try to speak, try to capture on video the immensity of the moment, …

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Advanced Zombie stage

Recently I had a nightmare, featuring me in the leading role (how narcissistic, I know!) and battling a horde of Zombies.  My younger sister turned into a zombie (sorry, Jill - probably a result of your insistence on the Walking Dead visit last December!). She was, however, a good one and worked undercover to help …

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Trek day 1 – sketchy AF

https://youtu.be/DUR5__2Fhec The day started with lots of bustle, as porter loads got packed up and distributed and we figured out who all was going on the trek with us. A couple of anomalies about porters here: many of them are women, which is something I’ve not seen before on other expeditions. In fact, the women …

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And this isn’t the hard part yet!

Have you ever been in a situation, where you have so much to say, that you don’t know where to start? I’ve been sitting here for 3 minutes, looking at a blank page and trying to organize my thoughts. “sitting here” Maybe that’s a good place to start. I’m in a rather dark, very dusty …

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Rest day before we start

Just hangin’ out at the hotel today. It’s good to take it easy and get some rest, but I’m a bit afraid it’s making me inefficient. I should be testing equipment & stuff. It’s really hot, though, and lack of a clear program kind of lulls me into complacency. So I’m netflixing (downloaded episodes, of …

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