I’m stoked to be featured on the Sierra Social Hub with a guest post this week, The Dhaulagiri Debacle: 10 lessons from a trekking fiasco.
Here’s an excerpt:
It’s the kind of thing that seasoned backpackers don’t think will ever happen: one group becomes two and, despite years of backcountry experience, has trouble reuniting. But this is exactly what happened when my friends and I went trekking in Nepal back in October 2011. What should have been a temporary separation resulted in a two-day game of Cat and Mouse.
I tell this story not to recount some tragic tale, nor a story of survival. But, what happened to our group could be easily repeated, and result in more severe consequences, so it’s a story worth telling. At the end of the ordeal, with our assumptions leading us – literally and figuratively – down the wrong trail, we sure finished our heaps of dhal bhat with a big slice of humble pie, and lots to learn.
You can read the rest of this article on Sierra Social Hub! Join us Wednesday, July 17, at 4pm MST for a live chat using the hashtag #STPLive.