The Rest of Everest Episode 144

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My favorite video podcast returned with a new episode yesterday, as the Rest of Everest continues showing us every aspect of not only climbing that mountain, but also trekking through the Khumbu region as well.

Episode 144 is entitled “The Gates to Paradise.” It marks the end of the trekking portion of the 2009 trip, which was also a workshop for both photography and videography. The last leg of the journey offers scenery that is as spectacular as the others, with the High Himalaya dominating the horizon, as the group of travelers make the much anticipated, and welcome, return to Lukla, where they stay at the Hotel Paradise.

I’ve said it many times over the course of this series of episodes for the Rest of Everest, but I’ll say it again none the less. For anyone considering a trek to Everest Base Camp, this has been an enlightening set of shows. It really did show nearly ever aspect of such a climb, and it was invaluable in preparing for my own trek which took place this past spring. Making that hike is not easy and it can be a real slog when you’re not feeling well, but it is also incredibly rewarding and beautiful as well. It was a lot of fun for me to recognize places and landmarks from the videos on my own trek, and when I came back, I was able to relate to the trekkers on the podcast even more.

From here, it’ll be on to Lukla and the return trip home of course, and then on to bigger things. The Rest of Everest still has plenty to show us, and they’re still gearing up for more adventures to come as well. Stay tuned!

Kraig Becker