In Her Footsteps

To anyone interested in gamedev progress, turn back now. This will just be your old run of the mill blog post explaining in short what kind of year I’ve had (and consequentially why the lack of progress.)

This year has been somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster filled with puberty love and loss, depression, loss of loved ones, new friendships being formed, birth of a niece, declining health, broken dreams, pain and finding the courage to go on. Without going deeper into any of these issues I’m just here to tell you I need a break from my regular life for a while. On thursday I’m leaving for a six week volunteer trip to Nepal, which will hopefully take me on a two week trek to and from Everest Base Camp before I start my volunteer work at an education center. I’m partially doing this to follow in the footsteps of someone I admire a whole lot, someone who has been this year’s highlights.

I’m not really expecting this trip to change my life, but I feel like I need a break, and some perspective. I want to sort out what’s important to me and what is not.

I’m becoming increasingly into streaming. I set up a twitch account ages ago in order to stream gamedev. Might get back on that horse along with some let’s plays and design analysis when I return from Nepal. Right now it’s hard for me to look ahead and make plans, but I hope I’m on the right course to sort my life out.

Peace out all, I hope you are doing wonderful :)

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let’s talk about the fact that when we got to this point we were like “aww yeah, nearly there!!” and then it turns out we were less thAN 1/3 OF THE WAY TO THE NEXT STOP AND THERE WERE TEARS IN OUR EYES AND BLISTERS ON OUR FEET AND DEATH IN OUR HEARTS AND WE WALKED FOR ANOTHER 5+ HOURS ugHH everest - the love/hate relationship is real

Finally have a reliable enough connection to update my blog. There are so many pictures I want to share from my Everest Base Camp Trek, but this is the one that took the most effort. After multiple nights of waiting for weather to clear, then learning that the Milky Way actually doesn’t come out of the horizon until after 1am, I finally got this shot outside of the village Gorak Shep at 3am.

At 16,900 ft, Gorak Shep is the last village before Everest Base Camp. At this elevation, it is difficult to sleep, which ironically, helped me get out of my sleeping bag into the freezing night. I’ve never seen so many stars or the Milky Way so clear before.

NEPAL. Everest Region, Everest Base Camp. May 12th, 2012. Everest Base Camp & Khumbu Ice Falls.

My new piece on the Everest Region in Nepal. This was a three-month expedition mountaineering through the Himalayas; across Alpine forests and the desolate Himalayan mountain glaciers and summits.

Photo from the story “Explore. Discover. Enlighten.” Read it on Behance