[click "Play" for Erik Dalton's discussion about the gear they used in Nepal]
Generally when a person reaches the top of whatever heap, he wants to hold on tight to his position. Not Telluride local/mountaineer Ben Clark. His objective was to get there and get down.
As many who followed Ben's adventure on his popular website skithehimalayas.com (or Telluride Inside… and Out) already know, he set out on October 14 on his ninth trip to Nepal with one objective in mind: summit Thorung Peak, a 20,200 foot peak in Himalayas. (In Spring 2010 Ben sprained an ankle attempting Baruntse.) Mission accomplished in early November.
(The story of Ben's adventure rolls out Spring 2011 in the form of a 120-minute podcast series and a 60-minute film. Stay tuned for more updates on Ski The Himalayas' debut of the first 90-minute film offering due out in 80 million households this November and through the winter on Dish Network Pay per View, VOD and iNDEMAND cable VOD. Telluride Inside… and Out will keep you in the loop.)
The five intrepid adventurers who accompanied Ben on the way up and down were climbing buddy Jon Miller, Stanford all-American runner Hari Mix, videographer Chris Dalton and Chris's big brother, first-timer Erik, owner of Jagged Edge.
As Erik explains:
"Our recent mountaineering/ski trip to Nepal found our gear braving everything from tropical low lands to scree-covered mountain passes, snow-covered peaks, and the abrasive interior of all too many Nepali public buses. I cannot overstate the importance of the equipment being able to withstand this mixed bag of abuses. A trip to the other side of the world doesn’t leave much room for spares or extras."
To learn more about the trip and some of the gear, the best of the best, click the "play" button and listen to Erik's product review. (And yes, everything is available at Jagged Edge, Telluride.)