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Nepal 2010 - Expedition

Post # 4

I lay on the teahouse bed admiring the beautiful and well varnished

carpentry that composes so many of these amazing mountain structures.

I am back in Lukla the location of the predominate airstrip in the

Khumbu. Bathing and chores completes I left to hang about in another

tea house.

I ponder…

Added by Graham Zimmerman on November 22, 2010 at 5:29am — 1 Comment


The house is clean, my bags are packed time to RALLY!

With me is going everything I will need for the next 3 months in the Himal, climbing, cooking and sleeping gear. Stuff to keep me entertained while I am stuck in the storm and stuff to document the journey.

Planes will take me to Katmandu via HongKong and then one more to Lukla, at the edge of the mountains, where I start walking.

Psyched to get…

Added by Graham Zimmerman on October 15, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Things are rolling

Well it has been a crazy month. I quit my job, got my dream job all in the span of a month. My training has taken a hit but I have to get back on the ball. It is just hard to make time when everything is changing around me. I hope everything is well in Fitclimb land and everyone is enjoying the fall.


Added by Jess Miller on October 9, 2010 at 8:10pm — 1 Comment

Training: For Expedition Climbing

Training with a goal in mind is the easiest way to perpetuate motivation and to maximize potential. In the case of training towards an expedition, creating a goal is not a challenge and a time scale is easy to design based on the departure date of the trip.…


Added by Graham Zimmerman on October 1, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Crater Lake Consumes Car

On the evening of September 11th, 2010, a young couple from Ashland was visiting Crater Lake National Park and stopped near the North Junction Scenic Overlook to view the lake. Early investigation indicates that the vehicle operator failed to engage the emergency brake on the 1993 Volkswagen Passat when he exited the vehicle. The vehicle rolled backwards out of the parking area and over the edge of the caldera plunging more than 1,100 feet to the lakeshore. There were no injuries but the…


Added by Matt Messick on September 18, 2010 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

Graham Zimmerman's Nepal Expedition

FitClimb is honored to be a sponsor of Graham Zimmerman on his next adventure to Nepal. At age 24 Graham is quickly gaining worldclass prominance by putting up new routes and tackling some of the most challenging problems.

Earlier this year Mark Allen and Graham honed a partnership with the first ascent of Vitalogy (AKGr5 M6+ WI5 5.9 R A1, 4,600'). Check out the video…


Added by Ali Alami on September 11, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Introducing Fitclimb Mobile For Iphone

Fitclimb has a mobile version of the site. When connecting via your smart phone you can now invite other climbers and friends, upload pictures in real time (as long as you have connectivity), view news feed updates, view and add discussion forums. Here’s a few things I recommend you do when

climbing or hiking if you have reception:…


Added by Ali Alami on August 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

When Recreation and Religion Conflict

Unless you’ve seen the 1970’s film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, chances are you haven’t witnessed the spectacular igneous intrusion…


Added by Matt Messick on August 1, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

100 Survival tips for staying alive in the mountains and outdoors.

1. Let others know…

Added by Ali Alami on July 2, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Fitclimb Photo Contest

Fitclimb Photo Contest. The member with the best picture will receive a USD $50…


Added by Ali Alami on June 25, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Indian Air Force Expedition to Mt. Kamet

Hello Dear Mountaineers,

I have just returned from an exp. to Mt. kamet. It is the highest peak in India on which one is allowed to climb. This is because Mt. Nanda devi and Kanchendzonga have been declared as sacred peaks. I was the designate Deputy leader for the exp. the leader was NK Dahiya who has been Director of the IMF. Mt. Kamet is a peak of 7757mtr and offers a grueling climb with long route marches. if any one is planning this peak i can offer my suggestions on all aspects of the… Continue

Added by ajit chauhan on June 7, 2010 at 11:44pm — 1 Comment

Torres Del Paine "Living the Dream Expedition 2010"

excerpt from…

Added by Graham Zimmerman on June 4, 2010 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Techno Music (Short Story)

Moon over the Graham and Ian on a day ascent of The Nose - Tom Evans (…

Added by Graham Zimmerman on June 4, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Business and Survival Priorities

As an Internet Program Manager at my day job I frequently have to prioritize different tasks, issues, and business and project requirements. Which do I tackle or assign first? The easy tasks that take less time, the ones with the nearest deadline, the ones… Continue

Added by Ali Alami on May 4, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Swimming to increase lung capacity at high altitude

Ed Viesturs the first American to reach the 14 highest peaks in the world without supplemental oxygen has more lung capacity than the average person. The more lung capacity you have the better you’ll perform at high altitude. Although a big part of lung capacity is biological it is possible to increase your lung capacity through proper training. I think swimming is a great way for mountaineers to increase their lung capacity.

There are a few tips to get the most out of your swim… Continue

Added by Ali Alami on April 14, 2010 at 2:01pm — No Comments

A Common Thread - Yoga Day Hike with KAF Adventures & LauraNidra Yoga

A little over a year ago I returned from three months of travel in Bali…


Added by Laura DeFreitas on February 4, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Funny & Unusual Outdoor Experiences

My friends and acquaintances know I spend a good deal of time outdoors so I’m often asked about funny and unusual experiences. Here’s a few from my Air Force days as a survival instructor. I’d love to hear some of your stories. These are true stories:

Finding salt in the wild

I was a few years into my term as a US Air Force Survival Instructor when 4 fellow instructors and I volunteered for an assignment in Texas to teach wilderness survival to a group of ROTC… Continue

Added by Ali Alami on December 29, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Snowshoe basics

Snowshoeing is one of my favorite winter sports. It’s a fun way to stay in shape in the winter, continue to hone one’s outdoor skills in cold weather conditions, and an opportunity to experience some of my favorite trails that would otherwise be inaccessible. There also isn’t much to learning how to snowshoe the techniques are very close to walking and come natural to most people. If you already hike you probably have most of the clothing and gear needed, the main cost is renting ($10-$20) or… Continue

Added by Ali Alami on December 19, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Staying in shape in the off season

One way to stay in peak climbing fitness in the off season and winter months is to use other activities and cross train. When it comes to aerobic training four of my favorite activities are to incorporate running, swimming, biking, and snowshoeing. Ideally you want to keep a strong level of mountain fitness year round. I strive to stay in good enough shape so I can climb my average size mountain at a moments… Continue

Added by Ali Alami on November 16, 2009 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Top Antioxidant foods for backpacking

Here's my favorite Antioxidant foods that work well for backpacking and outdoor meal planning, You'll have a good chance of finding at least one type berries in temperate enviornments from May through September:

1. Blackberries

2. Blueberries

3. Raspberries

4. Cranberries

5. Strawberries

6. Walnuts

7. Coffee

8. Ground Cloves

9. Pecans

10. Prunes

11. Spinach

12. Beets

13. Red bell peppers

14. Onions

15.… Continue

Added by Ali Alami on October 21, 2009 at 8:31pm — No Comments

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