Kris Erickson, Jamie Laidlaw, and Kip Garre in Kathmandu.
Breckenridge-based writer Devon O'Neil and North Face-backed ski mountaineers Kris Erickson, Jamie Laidlaw, and Kip Garre went on a 40-day expedition to the remote Saipal region in far-western Nepal, where they intended to climb and ski multiple unnamed peaks. You can read his installments in this six-part series here.
Check out a gallery of photos here.
Part I: A bit of Maoist history, checking Google Earth images, and an introduction to the team.
Part II: Arriving in Nepal without bags, a four-hour dinner, and a rickshaw attack.
Part III: Lessons from Nepal, including which hand to eat with and how to improvise when getting your sherpas to keep hiking is like moving a herd of legless rhinos.
Park IV: On day 26, the crew finally goes skiing. And starts dreaming about cheeseburgers.
Part V: Skiing steep couloirs. Then starting the journey home.
Part VI: Heading home.