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The Fiery Gizzard Trail: Certa Mors.

Some of you know this, some of you don’t, most of you probably don’t care, but last year, my do-gooder wife and I launched a company — Hobnail Trekking Co. — that arranges treks to (but not up) Mount Everest in Nepal. We did this partly because we’re slightly crazy and partly because doing the trek has been on our bucket list for years. In March 2018, Holly and I will fly... read more

Nashville to Nepal, Vol. 4: The Meeting

This post is a part of the unlikely story of how Holly and I have created an American trekking company that is sending intrepid souls to the base of the world’s tallest and most famous peak: Mt. Everest.  (Continued from Nashville to Nepal, Vol. 3: The Company) Sunday, April 2, 2017, was a mind-boggling day for Holly, Dawa, and myself. In many ways, it was the day that Hobnail Trekking Company... read more

Nashville to Nepal: Vol. 2, The Plan

Continued from Nashville to Nepal: Vol. 1, The Lyft A day later, I was driving away from my former office with cardboard boxes full of framed family pictures and wall hangings, awards, lamps, and bottles of ibuprofen stuffed into the back seat of my pickup. I was free. As I drove through Nashville heading west toward my home in Kingston Springs, the world seemed larger, clearer, and more interesting... read more

Nashville to Nepal: Vol. 1, The Lyft

My journey to Mt. Everest officially began with a lift to my auto mechanic in on Charlotte Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee — elevation 597 feet. Technically, it was a Lyft rather than a lift, but I’ll get to that in a minute. The calendar read Aug. 17, 2016, the day before I was to leave my communications job of 3 1/2 years. Since turning 50 in March, a nagging feeling of “Exactly what are you... read more