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Adventure Addict in love with life coming soon to a high pass near you! I'm training myself mentally and physically for a solo trekking trip to the Himalayas at the end of May, 2010. My trip starts in Delhi India then onwards and upwards to Kashmir and the Pakistan border. From there I follow the northern route across India below the Afghanistan border and across all the highest mountain passes: Khardung La, Rhotang La and Marsimik La touching the Tibet/Chinese border. I will stop to pay my respects to the Dalai Lama in Daramsala and summit Stok Kangri. I will dive the cold waters of Pangong Tso; a high altitude lake that surpass adjectives describing beauty. My journey to the roof of the world has been on my bucket list for a very long time and is now finally becoming reality as the countdown begins to May 27, 2010. I'm still working on my route and itinerary so will post that at the earliest for you to follow along. I'm smiling big...can you tell? Update: Journey completed and Travel Log has begun. Please click on Roxxi in the Himalayas under Roxxi's World on the right hand side for stories, photos and comments. Om Mani Padme Hum

Monday, April 5, 2010

Yesterday I was back up the Santa Fe Basin fully loaded for another breathtaking trek. I wasn't kidding when I said breathtaking...huffing and puffing up the first two miles of the trail. It was narrow in some spots to eight inches wide and a sheer drop off the side. I was seriously wishing I had snow shoes on as veering off the trail by 2 inches sinks you into the snow a foot and a half...in my case up to my knee. It gets old after a while and I was feeling every step like The StairMaster from hell. I got all the way up to the base of Baldie and realized that I was the ONLY one on the mountain at this point. The sun was casting this incredible golden light over everything and I can kick myself for running out of battery on my camera. Still I got some good photos and am coming back next week for more. 
This trail was more difficult than Wheeler Peak in my opinion. Maybe it's because I'm fully loaded and the trail is narrower. Anyhow, going back down was tricky as the snow freezes late in the afternoon and all the ski tracks are now super slick. I slipped a few times and was happy there were plenty of trees to grab and break the fall otherwise I would be at the bottom of the mountain. Anyhow, the sunset on the mountain was magnificent but I was so beat at this point all I could think of was a nice cup of hot Chai in my hands and some hot food in my stomach. I drove straight to India House and rewarded my tired body with 3 cups of chai, Chicken Makhani, Peas Pallao and Garlic Naan…perfect ending to a perfect day..life is good :-D










5 comments:

  1. Hi Roxi

    Wonderful picture, love the blue sky and snow. Best of luck of your future plan.

    rajiv

    bcmt

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  2. Very cool, Rockin' Roxxi! I am super proud of you!!!

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