10 Lessons from a Trekking Fiasco

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:

From "The Dhaulagiri Debacle". Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

From “The Dhaulagiri Debacle”. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

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.

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2 thoughts on “10 Lessons from a Trekking Fiasco

  1. Trekking In Nepal says:

    Hi Meghan, I read your post on Sierra Social Hub. Despite all the all the concerns and confusion, I bet you had one of the greatest experience. Going through all of it independently. As for me, I go trekking in Nepal with a guide. I dare not go through with it without them yet even now, that I have been trekking in Nepal for the third time. Impressed with your courage! Hope to hear more from you.

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