Month: May 2012

We Have a Secret: Huge New Release Coming Soon

We are putting the finishing touches on a major release.  What is it, you say?  Well, I can’t…for now.  Everyone testing it has been sworn to absolute secrecy.  But, after deliberation, I have been permitted to provide you some hints over the next couple of days.

Don Draper said he’d help us out with the first hint:

Pass it along.

Magdalena Bay Sea Turtle & Kayak Conservation Adventure

One of the great benefits of adventure travel is the natural paring sustainability and having a memorable experiences.  A great example of this paring is Red Sustainable Travel, a conservation company based on the Baja California peninsula who offers a trip: Sea Turtle and Kayak Adventure – black sea turtle monitoring with kayaking and hiking adventures.

The peninsula is the largest wetland ecosystem on the west coast and Red has partnered with Grupo Tortuguero to create a trip that gets you involved in monitoring the sea turtles with such tasks as setting nets as well as weighing and measuring the turtles.  This turtle work sounds simple and fun, but the vital data that is gathered helps towards this specie’s conservation.

However, it is not all work under the Mexican sun.  There is plenty of time to explore other wildlife and birds as you kayak through the mangrove canals, enjoy some sea kayaking in the clear water off Magdalena Bay or hike the many dunes in the area.

This is a great opportunity to help some turtles, get some paddling in, engage in some cultural interaction and just sit around at night and watch the stars outside your tent.

But don’t go alone.  Create this adventure with Pathwrangler and invite friends to partake in this enriching experience with you.

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A Bumpy Ride Down Monserrate

In Columbia’s capital city of Bogota, Monserrate hovers 10,341 feet over it.  About 1,500 rocky steps make up the path to the summit where Cerro de Monserrate resides.  Many locals make the pilgrimage to this church for worship as well as to enjoy the view of Bogota.

Red Bull decided this was an ideal spot to have a downhill mountain bike race.  Here’s a head cam video of Columbian mountain biker, Marcelo Gutierrez (2nd place winner), riding the course that descends 6,561 feet in under 5 minutes.  His crazy hairpin turns will get your heart pumping, indeed.

IMG Mt Everest Classic Team on PathWrangler

Just to give everyone a little taste of the PathWrangler experience following the IMG team on their Summit Rotation.  Here’s the trip based on Eric’s reports.

Here’s a the trip zoomed out a bit.

This trip is ultimately a private trip and Eric has given me permission to post some screen shots.  However, if you’d like your next trip to look like this, you should seriously get in there and check things out for yourself.

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IMG Classic Team on the Way to Camp 3

Eric Simonson (IMG Partner), updates us that the team left Camp 2 this morning at 3 am and is headed up to Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face. They’re going to hydrate and get ready for a big push to the South Col the next day.

He also has an update on the weather (in brief: the window is open).

Explore the Cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula

The Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico is a Caribbean paradise of crystal clear turquoise water, white sandy beaches and dense green forests.  The Great Maya Reef extends along most of the coast and is teeming with coral marine life.  This is the land of the ancient Mayan civilization.

Underneath the peninsula is where over 3,000 cenotes can be found.  Cenotes (say-noh-tays) are natural limestone sinkholes, some hundreds of feet deep, filled with freshwater that lead to a labyrinth of underwater rivers, caverns and caves.  The longest cave systems of the world lie here in the Riviera Maya: the Ox Bel Ha (91 miles), the Nohoch Nah Chich (37.9 miles) and the Dos Ojos (35.8 miles).  The Mayans felt these Cenotes (or Dzonot) were sacred as they considered this source of fresh water beneath the earth to be the home of their Gods and the entrance to the underworld.  Besides 78º F water temperatures and the visual beauty of sunlight reflecting off the amazing natural works of art in the form of stalactites, stalagmites, columns formations and fossils, it’s the fish and marine life that make these sinkholes great places for cave diving and snorkeling.

Here are some highlights:

Casa Cenote: An open lagoon that has both fresh and saltwater fish because of its connection with the ocean.  It’s one of the few surface rivers that follows the jungle giving a diver the feeling of diving beneath the jungle and manatees frequent the smaller caves off the cenote.

Cenote Angelita (Little Angel): Experience divers descend this circular sinkhole 200 feet through fresh water, passing giant stalactites before reaching a hydrogen sulfide layer (a huge cloud) at 100 feet. Beneath the cloud the saltwater starts and darkness envelops a diver from this point on.

Cenote Chac-Mool (Claw of Jaguar): This cavern has a depth of 36 feet, making it perfect for the beginner cave diver.  It has two large caverns with natural light, the largest underwater stalactite and a Halocline, a visual effect created by salt and fresh water.

Cenote Dos Ojos & Bat Cave (Two eyes): Two cenotes close together flow from one into the other through a clear fresh water cavern. Dos Ojos is popular and perfect for divers and snorkelers alike due to it being one of the longer cavern systems with a length of 37 miles and connecting to more than 25 other Cenotes, a real underwater maze.  It gets plenty of daylight to view the rim pools, stalagmites and stalactites.  Several dark rooms and passageways, comprised of speleotherms, make up the Bat Cave.

Cenote el Eden (Pon-de-Rosa): A large swimming pool size sinkhole with moss-covered rocks at the bottom where marine life, like fresh water eels, live. Along with plenty of plant life there’s plenty to see while snorkeling.  Beginning cave divers are treated to a Halocline in the Cenote Coral Garden as well as passages to other cenotes.

Gran Cenote: This is the “it” cenote for cave and cavern diving as well as snorkeling on the peninsula.  This half moon shaped cenote has a depth of 70 feet and has plenty of large stalagmites, stalactites, and columns.  It has everything from clear water, to white walls to several routes to explore.  It’s important to have good buoyancy due to the beautiful formations along the walls.

Here are a few local dive centers to get you properly suited up for your dive to the underworld.

Explore the underwater world of the Mayan Gods and prepare to be amazed.

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Summit Rotation Begins Tomorrow: (Eric Remza – Mt Everest Update)

As I lay here in the comforts of my tent here at Everest Base, my body relaxed, my stomach full and my mind at ease…the underlying truth is that I am beginning to embark on a mental, physical and also a spiritual pilgrimage to the highest point of Terra Frima on planet Earth.

Tomorrow, in the early morning hours, we will yet again make our way through the labyrinth of ice which is the Khumbu Ice Fall.  We will then find ourselves in the heart of the Western Cwm, the gigantic valley that is guarded by the “big three”, Nuptse, Lhotse, and of course Chomolungma, Sagarmartha, aka Mount Everest.  After arriving at Camp 2 and having had ascended 4,000 vertical feet, we will again rest our heads and ease our our aching bodies into a slumber for the next 36 hours as we allow ourselves to again become acquainted with life at 21,500 ft above sea level.

If all goes as planned we will then disembark for our Camp 3 which is at an elevation of 24,000 ft, spend the night and hopefully awaken to a calm morning on the 25th for our move up to our high camp at the South Col.  We hope to get to the South Col (26,000 ft) early enough to rest before our final summit push which hopefully (weather and health dependent) will be for the 26th.

Climbing Mount Everest is a full value experience and will take everything we have mentally and physically to endure this next week.  One step at a time, one day at a time…to enjoy each moment and to become one with everything…I am happy to have this opportunity once again.  Much thanks to existence and my path and thank you for following along!