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What time is it? Everest time…

Date: April 6, 2013 Category: Everest

Woah it’s been a crazy couple of weeks…I left the US for Asia last week (I finished packing as the car pulled up to take me to the airport…) then had a fun but whirlwind tour through Hong Kong, Singapore, … Continue reading

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The Rainbow Summits Project: Why I’m Going to the Top of the World for LGBTQ Youth

Date: March 9, 2013 Category: Reflection

Please note that this blog post was originally published on the Huffington Post on February 27th, 2013. When I was a junior in high school, one of my friends and classmates committed suicide. This tragedy devastated me. I had never … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 15

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson
Leaving Antarctica!

A bright, bitterly cold, windless day greeted us on the 17th. Of all the days that we were counting on for good weather, this was probably the second most important (after summit day) because the Ilyushin cannot fly if the … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 13

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

Finally, the day we had been waiting for: our flight back to Union Glacier! We packed up our camp and cached the excess gear for the next group before getting in the Twin Otter for the scenic return flight. Luckily … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 12

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

Inspired by our previous day’s ridge traverse, we decided to spend our last day at VBC doing a fun group activity: sledding. We dragged the sleds (thankfully with no gear inside) up to the top of the steep slope that … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 11

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

After a rest day, we set out to do a ridge traverse close to VBC. We began the hike after breakfast and arrived at the base of the steep slope around 2 hours later. What had looked like a clear … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 9

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

We heard on the radio in the morning that they might try to fly us all off from VBC that evening, so all of the teams at High Camp packed up and began moving down. We were the last to … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 8

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Summit

It turns out that the second time is the charm! With the weather similar to the preceding day, we began to retrace our steps back up to the top of the mountain. As we walked, the wind began to pick … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 7

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

It’s very important to eat a lot when you’re on an expedition. This is especially important before summit day. Summit attempts usually require a lot of energy and endurance and a typical Vinson summit is 8-12 hours round-trip. Your body … Continue reading

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Mt. Vinson – Day 6

Date: January 21, 2013 Category: Vinson

We woke up once again to a cold, cloudy sky and packed up our gear and broke down our tents. We grabbed some breakfast then started the move up the fixed lines once more to High Camp. To be honest, … Continue reading

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