commercializing Everest’s North Face

A few weeks ago, a Beijing newspaper announced that the Chinese government was building a new mountaineering center and hotel near the north side of Everest. …

The mountaineering center will be located in Old Tingri, a town 40 miles northwest of Everest, and will house much of the infrastructure we currently associate with the French Alps: a heli base for rescue operations on the mountain, a mountaineering school for high altitude workers, and a fully stocked hotel. …

The mountaineering center is scheduled to be completed by 2019, three years ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.


I hiked Tingri (Dingri) to Everest in 1998. Dingri was one crappy town at that time. Seems it’s not improved much in the years since.

Dingri 2011

Dingri 2011

As always, there will be pros and cons in commercializing Everest in Tibet.

U.S. Sr Parks fees go up. Canada free in 2017.

National Parks Traveller – UPDATED: Price Of Senior Pass Going To $80; Buy It Now For $10


Canada’s National Parks Are Free in 2017:

In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, all 47 of Canada’s diverse national parks will offer free Discovery Passes for any and all visitors—Canadian or otherwise …

Lagunas Altas Loop Trail, Chile

I’m keen to hike the NEW Patagonia Park in southern Chile about a half hour taxi ride from Cochrane.

The West Winds Campground is open October to April. There are a number of new day hikes open in the park including the Lagunas Altas Loop.


Lagunas Altas Loop Trail brochure (PDF)

It’s not easy to get to Cochrane, by the way. 🙂

If you want to know more about the new Park start at the official website –


Ian Lloyd Neubauer details his visit on a BBC post – The man who spent his fortune on a Park

James Kaiser’s Yosemite

Mary Jane Carroll from Whitecloud sent me a review copy of Yosemite the Complete Guide to Yosemite National Park 4th edition 2016.

yosemite-complete-guide-300Filled with gorgeous photographs, this full-color guidebook showcases the highlights and hidden gems of Yosemite National Park. From the thundering base of Yosemite Falls to the sparkling granite of El Capitan, Yosemite: The Complete Guide equips travelers with everything they need to make the most of their time in the park. …

James is a photographer / writer / hiker who’s obviously in love with everything Yosemite.

Though the guidebook is very comprehensive, the text is succinct. Very clearly written.

If you were headed to Yosemite it’s an excellent resource for where to stay. And where to hike.