anonymous asked:

Hey chris.How's your adventure going in nepal? Does it cost a lots of money to hike all those mountain in nepal? Do we really need to hire a sherpa to guide us? Is there any mountain that we can go on our own? maybe could save some dollars. Take care

The adventure in Nepal is going great, thanks for asking!

I’m pretty frugal when I travel; here’s my breakdown for Nepal.

A 30-day visa is $40.

In Kathmandu, I usually spend about $20 per day for lodging, food, and tea. And I don’t tend to spend much time in Kathmandu.

While trekking, you’re looking at about $10 p/day in the lower altitude regions, including lodging (which can always be negotiated for $1) and 2-3 meals with tea.

While trekking in the upper elevations, expect to pay closer to $15-20 p/day for lodging (also $1) three meals, and tea.

In Pokhara, I stay at Sofia Guesthouse toward north Lakeside, for $3 a night. They serve breakfast of curry potatoes, eggs, chapatti w/jam, and tea for $1.50. All in all, I’ll usually spend about $10-15 p/day in Pokhara.

TIMS Cards (required for each different trekking region/trek) are $20; while national park entrance fees are $20-30.

If you want to trek in the Everest region, flights to Lukla are $320 roundtrip, but a cheaper option would be to take the jeep into Salleri ($20 each way) and hike an extra two days each way compared to the Lukla flight.

So, for a three week trek, ie. EBC, you’re looking at something like this:

30-Day Visa: $40
Jeep Ride to Salleri: $40
Park/Permit Fees: $50
KTM Time: $40
EBC Trek: $330 (22 days x $15 p/day)

Total: $500

That’s sleeping comfortably, eating well, and trekking solo without porters or guides.

Treks in other areas like Annapurna and Langtang tend to be a bit cheaper.

Flights from LA seem to go for about $1,000-$1,500 depending on the booking time and airline.

Hope that helps!

The Arrival (Intro)

They will say you don’t belong.
They will assume you don’t relate.
They will underline your wrongs.
They will expect you to be late.
You are special.
Your talent pours from your pores, your foot steps and directions that are both certainly correct and your absolutely unsure.
Those cold lonely dark hallways called “What If”. Yea those are around. But if you don’t back down you unlock that door to warm hearts and dope situations in a room full of us called “What Now”.
You wake up, you win.
You try, you win.
You fail, you still win.
Long as your alive, cause if you die what then?
They will tell you, you only live once and that’s true.
But if you live correct and inspire him, that’s two.
And she? That’s three
Four and more
Five, strive
Create your dream, that creates your team, that creates your steam.
Till your hot, you naw mean?
The arrival

Unexpected Arrival - Diggy Simmons 3.20.12

Germanwings crash

Just yesterday I read an article in the latest issue of DER SPIEGEL(13/2015) about the almost crash of flight LH1829 (an Airbus 320)where the auto pilot send the plane into a nose dive and the two pilots could only get control of the aircraft by switching the power off. 

If the pilot, who had 15 years of experience hadn’t been that alert the plane would have definitely crashed.

The problem lay with the sensors outside the airplane that were partly frozen over thus giving the board computer wrong information.  The sensors are part of Airbus’ Fly-by-Wire system.

The article mentioned that if the sensors are faulty thousands of A320 Airbus’ most built and sold airplane would be at risk of similar disasters.

The Malaysian Air Asia flight that crashed in front of Indonesia’s coast was also a A320 and according to the radar the plane did strange flight maneuvers before crashing, probably because the auto pilot took over.

Several carriers have reported problems with the sensors  among them Virgin Airlines. 

After the crash of Air Asia QZ8501 Airbus send out a software update that was supposed to correct the faulty computer reaction.

However Airbus still hasn’t solved the trigger for the faulty computer reaction. A problem that lies with the sensors, each costing 15 000Euros.

Each A320 has 3 of them, to exchange all sensors on all A320s would cost hundreds of millions of Euro. 

A price Airbus apparently wasn’t/isn’t willing to pay.

If the faulty sensors and Airbus’ Fly-by-Wire-System is the fault of the crashes of both QZ8501 and today’s Germanwing’s  4U 9525 then Airbus is responsible for the death of 310 people. 

It also means that thousands of type A320 airplanes are from now on unusable until they get new sensors and programming. 

The cost of which will probably bankrupt Airbus.