Rubble, Cement, and Everest

Hello, all.

I’m home. That’s right, my time abroad has (TEMPORARILY) come to an end. I’m sorry I’ve not been updating since mid-April. The tablet I was using to write these things broke.

Since then, I’ve completed the Melamchi rubble queue with twenty of the coolest volunteers in the world, moved to Project Nepal’s Nuwakot base, mixed cement and lay bricks for two schools there (Prithivi and Jalpa Yuwa), contracted a skin infection which spread from my inner elbow to my buttocks, spent too much time recovering in Kathmandu, and took my cousin Coby and friend Ashley to visit Riverside Inn at Melamchi, my Nepali home.

When we went there, we visited Rajkumar, his wife, and their kids Achut and Sastika, the family that owns the chang bar where the Rubble Crew used to spend evenings. They were so overcome to see us that they gave us free chang and even some of the special dry yeast used to make the stuff. Now I have to try my hand at making it here in the States!

Oh, I also went to Everest Base Camp on a two-week charity trek with twenty others of the coolest volunteers in the world! I have so much to say about that, but I won’t be doing so here. If you’re following my blog and don’t already know, let this be the announcement: I am writing a book about the All Hands on Everest challenge and Project Nepal on behalf of All Hands Volunteers. So instead of sharing stories, here’s a few photos.


Everest Base Camp: 5364 meters, or 17,600 feet. Behind: the Khumbu Icefall.


Center: Nuptse peak. Left from center: Everest peak. Taken at sunrise 5/30/16 from Kala Patthar peak at 5644 meters, or 18,520 feet.


All Hands Volunteers trek to Everest Base Camp through the snow on 5/29/16, the 63rd anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa’s legendary first ascent.


A man herds his donkeys across a suspension bridge lined with prayer flags.