• Mount Everest,  Nepal

    Everest Base Camp: The Joys and Pains of Trekking

    Words by: Kaiz Galang Photos by: Rowjie Galang and Edwin Rolian The smallest aircraft I’ve ever boarded touched down. Tears were barely clinging when I saw the ragged Tenzing-Hillary Airport signage. I almost couldn’t believe that the scene I was witnessing is real. I used to just see it in National Geographic shows. Then the chilling air kissed me as I stepped down the aircraft as if saying, “Welcome to Lukla. Sagarmatha has long been waiting for you.” Kaiz GalangKaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an Operations Specialist for a software engineering company based in the US.

  • Mount Everest,  Nepal,  Uncategorized

    EBC Day 5: Deboche to Dingboche

    The past night had been the coldest to date. If not for the sleeping bag that was provided to us by our trekking agency, Adventure Mountain Explore Treks (AME Treks), I should be dead by now due to hypothermia. And though I felt better, I still woke up to a news that Doc Rhoda felt she wasn’t fit enough to continue with the trek and that she wished to just stay in Deboche for another day. Agot and Migs were too eager in encouraging Doc Rhoda to push herself, that her headache was normal, that she couldn’t stay in Deboche alone. I couldn’t muster myself to do the same. If we force Doc Rhoda to…

  • Mount Annapurna,  Mount Everest,  Nepal,  Uncategorized

    Mountaineering or Trekking?

    During our trek to the base camp of Annapurna in September 2013, the members of our group The Himalayas Project learned that we have been using the term mountaineering the wrong way. Our guide Ramesh of Explore Everest Trekking Pvt. Ltd., politely corrected us saying that mountaineering is different from trekking and or hiking. Kaiz GalangKaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an Operations Specialist for a software engineering company based in the US.

  • Uncategorized,  What to Use

    Spyder Optics Dirt

    When we trekked to the base camp of Annapurna last year, we didn’t really think that sunglasses would play an important part in our activities until we got there. Apparently, snow glare from the snowy mountains of the Himalayas can cause snow blindness therefore the use of proper sunglasses is a must. Good thing Rowjie brought two of his sports sunglasses that I was able to use one. And since trekking to Everest Base Camp would require such need again, we had to make sure that this time we’re not going to another battle unarmed. Kaiz GalangKaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an Operations Specialist for a software engineering company based…

  • Uncategorized,  What to Use

    Mountain Hardwear Microchill™ Jacket

    Being born and raised in a tropical country, I had no idea what type of clothing is required to make you comfortable in an alpine country until our recent trek to the Everest Base Camp. So when we were making preparations for our trek, one of our main concerns was the kind of clothes we need to bring and wear. Especially me, lamigin kasi ako. Then I found out that I must have a base layer, a fleece jacket, a down jacket, and a rain jacket. Woot! Hearing all these made me think how heavy wearing all four could get. Kaiz GalangKaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an Operations Specialist for a…

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