Tagged With "Mount Everest"

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Re: Sherpa complaint: climbers leaving Everest a cesspit

DrFumblefinger ·
Sadly there's nothing new with this. Everest has had problems with rubbish and human waste for over 50 years. The better tour companies have started packing out the rubbish using Sherpas and yaks (same ones who bring supplies in take the trash out), but the Khumbu has limited resources to handle all the wrapping and plastics and the like. Human waste is more of a problem as it requires warm weather to biodegrade and it just doesn't get warm enough here at Everest Base Camp (almost 4 miles...
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Sherpa complaint: climbers leaving Everest a cesspit

PHeymont ·
As the numbers of climbers rise to several hundred a year on Mount Everest, local guides and residents are complaining that the issue of human waste (for which there are no real facilities at the climbing camps) is creating a disgusting and unhealthy...
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India's army declares war on Mt. Everest 'junkyard'

PHeymont ·
Following complaints last month by Nepal's Sherpas that Mount Everest had become the "world's highest junkyard," littered with food trash, human waste and unwanted equipment, India's army mountaineers will join a team of Sherpas on clean-up duty....
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 24, 2013: Namche Bazaar, Khumbu Region, Nepal

DrFumblefinger ·
Namche Bazaar is the main town of the Sherpa people, in the Khumbu region of Nepal.  It's located at 3400 m (11,300') above sea level, built on the steep slopes of the hill you see in this photo.  The town is a popular place for hikers and...
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Re: Sherpa complaint: climbers leaving Everest a cesspit

PortMoresby ·
It isn't only the Sherpas who have something to complain about, and it's not just the relative few who are there to summit. Many more tourists pay big money to be conducted to Base Camp 1 (I believe is the designation). Described to me recently by a friend, Travel Pal Jim, who was suffering the effects of food poisoning to compound the issue, along the way the facilities are exceedingly substandard "teahouse" accommodations and on the trail there are no toilets. One simply goes off the trail...
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Re: Sherpa complaint: climbers leaving Everest a cesspit

DrFumblefinger ·
I've found similar nearly nonexistent toilet conditions in many of the poorer countries I've visited in my life. Again a difference here might be the altitude. Human waste decomposes quickly in a warm wet environment, but slowly in conditions like you find in the Khumbu. Sir Edmund Hillary's organization has done much to improve the lives of the Sherpa people, especially build good strong bridges across raging rivers, schools and medical clinics. Our Sherpa guide told us "Sir Edmund is our...
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Beautiful, Majestic, Mount Rushmore National Monument

Samantha ·
    Mount Rushmore has been a place I have wanted to see for a really long time, and was extremely excited to finally get to see how amazing and grand it really is in person.  Pictures and movies don’t do justice to its size and...
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Mt. Shasta, California

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger spent a lot of time enjoying the views of beautiful Mount Shasta while on a recent road-trip to California.
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Duquesne Incline on Mount Washington, Pittsburgh

George G. ·
George G shares a fascinating history of his home city of Pittsburgh, and the funicular ride that allows wonderful views of the city.
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Re: Beautiful, Majestic, Mount Rushmore National Monument

Travel Rob ·
Great photos and description on what to expect! I hope to make there as it has been on my list for years.
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Re: Beautiful, Majestic, Mount Rushmore National Monument

Samantha ·
Thanks Rob. Definitely keep it on your list! It is worth it. Hope you get there soon.
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A man with his mind on mountains and museums

PHeymont ·
Illustration: Zaha Hadid Associates   Reinhold  Messner, the first man to climb Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, is, as you'd expect, a man who thinks a lot about mountains and climbing them. And he's also a man who wants the rest...
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Re: To the top of Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Professorabe ·
Superb photos!
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Re: To the top of Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

GarryRF ·
Tenerife is an all year resort and has its peak season around Christmas. One of the rituals on Christmas Day is driving up Mt Teide in a rental Jeep. Take a couple of cooler box's and fill them with fresh snow. Drive back to Playa de las Americas and have a snow ball fight on the sunny 75'f beach with the sunbathers. Something that leaves a lasting memory of Christmas Day.
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Tenerife - Your Exotic Relaxation Place

GokyB ·
The largest island of the  Canary archipelago , Tenerife is a unique sight to behold. This volcanic island attracts 10 million tourists every year with its stunning beaches, forests and breathtaking landscape. Sandy beach and amazing turquoise...
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South Dakota (yes!) has booming tourist year

PHeymont ·
Not a place whose tourism industry often makes the headlines, but South Dakota's tourism is really on a roll this year. Literally a roll in one instance: It's the 75th anniversary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and it's expected to be the biggest ever....
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New Mount Vernon exhibit focuses on Washington's slaves

PHeymont ·
'Lives Bound Together' explores slavery through the lives of 19 enslaved individuals, and Washington's changing ideas about slavery.
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To the top of Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Ian Cook ·
If you like hiking, Ian Cook shares a fascinating adventure this week, as he works his way up one of the tallest volcanoes in the world.
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July 25, 2019: Reflections of the Alpenglow, Lake Louise

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger, after finishing an invigorating hike at Lake Louise, enjoys the lovely light of the setting sun and Alpenglow.
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Re: South Dakota (yes!) has booming tourist year

DrFumblefinger ·
The western part of the state is really beautiful, and the plains have their own magic. I'm not surprised by this news. There's a lot to see and do in "flyover country".
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Re: Tenerife - Your Exotic Relaxation Place

Logan Heniry ·
I went to Tenerife as a kid and as an adult, lovely place both times. So family orientated. Mount Teide is amazing, being able to go from the beach to a snow capped volcano. Cable car ride sounds an amazing adventure!
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Re: Tenerife - Your Exotic Relaxation Place

Marilyn Jones ·
OK, just added this beautiful location to my Bucket List!! Fantastic information and stunning photography!!
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Re: Tenerife - Your Exotic Relaxation Place

DrFumblefinger ·
I agree Marilyn! It looks like a wonderful place to relax and explore. Thanks, Goky!
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Re: Tenerife - Your Exotic Relaxation Place

GokyB ·
Hi, guys & girls! Thank you! Yeah, it's really great destination, especially if you're looking for a place to have utter relaxation time. I'm glad you like it!
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Re: Tenerife - Your Exotic Relaxation Place

Mytraveledroad ·
Wow it looks like paradise. Think I'll have to add to my places to see. www.adventuresofdejav.com
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

Former Member ·
Hehe thank you for the praises i'm so proud Beautful mountains by the way
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

Jonathan L ·
It is beautiful. I thought it was Lake Louise.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
Similar, but different. Some photos of Lake Louise and the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, one of my favorites.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 19, 2013: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Calgary, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
  With the exception of its red Maple Leaf, I don't think there's any Canadian symbol more iconic than its Mounties.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), are Canada's national police force and have a history dating to the days of the...
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 3) Summit and Descent

DrFumblefinger ·
(Western Icefields, viewed from near the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro) We had spent the past week slowly working our way up the slopes of Kilimanjaro via the Shira route, an experience I’ve previously described in blog posts here. ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 23, 2013: Sunset, Banff National Park, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
(Sunset over Mt. Rundle and Canmore, Banff National Park)  It's sweet to be in just the right place at just the right time!   The Canadian Rockies are known for their beautiful rugged peaks, hanging glaciers, turquoise lakes and...
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Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
This beautiful mountain, with its dramatic hanging glacier, proved yet again to be just a small challenge to the TG travel detectives.  Member Andredeya was the first to identify this peak correctly (from her Romanian home nearly half a globe...
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U.S. ski resort giant takes a bite of Australia

PHeymont ·
U.S. ski resort operator Vail Resorts has paid $136 million to take over Australia's popular Mount Perisher ski area in the Snowy Mountains.   Vail, which owns a dozen or so ski areas in the U.S. (Colorado, California, Utah, Michigan and...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 13, 2015: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
  Located on the west side of Kauai, Waimea Canyon stretches 14 miles long, is one mile wide, and is more than 3,600 feet deep.  These photos were taken from the Waimea Canyon Lookout (elevation 3,400 feet) which  provides these...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 13, 2015: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

GarryRF ·
Did you have to climb one of these to take a photo ? That's what I call dedication. Take a day off and take it easy.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 13, 2015: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

Marilyn Jones ·
What a beautiful and interesting blog entry!! Well done!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 13, 2015: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

Ottoman ·
Hi Marilyn and Garry Marilyn, I'm so glad you enjoyed this POD. Thank you for the kind words. They are much appreciated. If you have not yet had the chance, I do hope that one day you will be able to visit this magnificent canyon. Garry...if a lovely attractive lady asked me if I hiked to the top of a mountain to take these photos, the answer of course would be "Why yes...yes I did (cough cough)." Between you and me, I took the easy way by climbing the short staircase from the parking lot to...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 13, 2015: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

GarryRF ·
My family all climbed to the peak of Malham Tarn in Yorkshire. England. Quite an achievement - 4 hours - but you had that feeling of self satisfaction completing it. When I offered all the kids a drink from my rucksack they all refused. "Dad - could we have something from that Ice Cream van ?" A major road passed within 20 feet. The moral of the story being - Had we driven there for an Ice Cream - then 20 years later - No one would remember our day out ! Malham Tarn Yorkshire England
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
I've often advised travelers with jam-packed itineraries to step back and leave themselves time to take a walk in a park or sit there a while, experiencing what the locals see and do. That is absolutely excellent advice. I hope that most people were wise enough to take your advice. Many of my best trip memories are made of such stuff. Thank you so much, PHeymont, for this walk in the park. It is just what my jangled nerves needed today.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I suspect a walk in the park is a habit acquired over time and familiarity with a place. I have a feeling, too, that the urge to go at top speed is the initial and overriding one. Or is it years and not travel experience that slows us down enough for such places to finally come into focus? Looking back over the decades I think maybe it's the latter.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I do think people's perspectives and priorities change with time. For example, I care little about a bar or nightlife scene in most of my destinations nowadays; that mattered more to me when I was much younger. I have always loved walking in parks because of the beautiful gardens, etc. But I think i'm much more into people watching in these places than I used to be. One of my favorite places to visit is the provincial park a short block from my home. It's grand to go for a walk in it, see...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
Maybe travel advice of the very concrete sort then, hotels, trains, etc. is the most satisfying for all concerned. A suggestion to slow down just may not compute, something for each of us to discover on our own. So PHeymont may be preaching to the choir...may he continue.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Good advice is good advice. People can accept it or ignore it. I'm all for freedom of choice. But sometimes an alternative needs to be presented in a clear way, as PHeymont has nicely done in this piece.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PortMoresby ·
I don't disagree. Just pointing out the nature of human beings and, like world peace, we can wish for it while not actually expecting everyone to join in. But lessons are learned from war too and how would we feel about every tourist in town flocking to OUR park.
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
I've mentioned in other pages that I love wide open spaces - like the State Delaware Park - but the designer of New York Central Park rung a Bell with me. Frederick Olmsted came to Liverpool to check out the "Peoples Garden" and he wrote in 1850 : "Five minutes of admiration, and a few more spent studying the manner in which art had been employed to obtain from nature so much beauty, and I was ready to admit that in democratic America there was nothing to be thought of as comparable with...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

Former Member ·
It is clear that the "dumb" animals always seem to know the best places to hang out. We can never have enough parks. Nice to read that Frederick Olmsted also knew a good park when he saw one. Thanks for that info GarryRF
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Garry's note about Olmsted's travels (and he was quite a traveler) set me off on a quick look to find the park he was referring to (which I didn't; apparently "people's garden" was a description rather than a name?) and found that Liverpool has more parks and especially top-class parks than any British city besides London. The article also mentioned that for reasons of health—and keeping social unrest down—the city commissioners set out on a park-building spree starting about 1833. Many...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

PHeymont ·
Even a certain similarity of shape...
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Re: Sometimes a Trip is just a Walk in the Park

GarryRF ·
Another Park from the 1850s. People would escape Liverpool for the day and travel north to Hesketh Park. 20 minutes on the train. This is taken in Mid-Winter.
 
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