This was my third time in the Khumbu - however it was my first time to camp using my own gear (while not at "base camp" for a guided climb.
Though in this particular region of the Himalaya, trekkers are able to come across a village or teahouse every hour or so, carrying our own camping gear allowed us to explore areas more off-the-beaten path, which was necessary for our scrambling objectives.
Fortunately, the @bigagnes_ Copper Spur Platinum tents clock in at only 1lb per person, so they were an easily justifiable part of our kit, and allowed for a slightly more "wildness" experience in one of the most-used national parks in the world.
Every Friday I have a retreat day up in the mountains. During the warm seasons, this involves hiking all day, which includes journaling and meditating at the destination - usually a lake or mountaintop. In the winter - like today - I take a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park and then drive back at dusk to Estes Park to a coffee shop, where I do my journaling. I love the wintertime in Estes, because most of the tourists are long gone and only locals remain. Then, when the coffee shop closes at 5:30, I drive to a nearby trailhead where I meditate in the dark in the car, and finish any journaling I began earlier. Today some valuable insights popped up in the silence, including one that was inspired by Howard Thurman's "Jesus and the Disinherited." It was a wonderful day . . .
Photo: Entrance to Estes Park (CO) on Highway 36, December 15, 2017
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again. - Roy Rogers & Dale Evans