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I grew up in the Boston area and lived there until my junior year in high school when I attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. I then attended Colby College in Waterville, ME. During my time at Colby I studied anthropology, spent a semester in Northeast India, and became fluent in Nepali. Before I became a guide I earned my black belt in kenpo karate and taught karate for 6 years. I began guiding in college on the rocky coast of ME with Acadia Mountain Guides and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in NH. After graduating I took to the highway and drove from ME to WA for the big mountains and glaciers. I spend my winters in lovely Ouray, CO guiding in the famous ice park. I am currently working towards becoming a certified guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. I live, work and play in the hills and on the rocks. On the rocks both literally and, well, with ice.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rainier Double Header

Every now and then, at Alpine Ascents, we stay up at Camp Muir for two trips in a row. It is nice to stay up at camp and meet the incoming crew with hot and cold water to quench the thirst that inevitably develops.

On this particular stint up at Camp Muir I had the privilege to spend some time with the legendary Lakpa Gelu Sherpa. Lakpa is one of the few Sherpas in the world who actually guides climbers rather than carrying loads and setting up camps. Lakpa's fame however, stems not form his incredible skills as a guide but from obtaining the speed records on Everest and Aconcagua.

There are many talented guides and athletes at Alpine Ascents. Lakpa is one of the worlds top high altitude athletes and guides. I love working with him and sharing the delicious chai tea he always brings. Luckily Lakpa is always happy to help me practice speaking Nepali!

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