Our Nepal Adventure

We prepared for our trip to Nepal by frequently hiking cross-country throughout the Mt. Rose and the Mammoth area.  We also biked all of June Lake and navigated a horrendous uphill grade on Highway 395. We should have known better, but we did it anyway.

We arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, and met  our eight companion hikers from New Zealand. All were in their twenties and thirties. We were in our fifties and, as we learned, in much better shape than our “flat lander” and much younger co-hikers.

We also had a crew of four Nepalese to carry food, tents, and assorted stuff. We were well cared for at every stop, and when we camped, we were given hot tea and cookies.

Our goal was to reach a stone village at about 16000 feet and a base camp another 2000 feet farther if we could make it. 

Incredibly, Lenette and I had no problem with the hiking or elevation, although some of the hikers from New Zealand did. Four had to be taken back to Katmandu with serious lung issues. The other four still had difficulties breathing. Living in Reno at an elevation of almost a mile made a big difference for Lenette and me. 

We loved the full roaring river we hiked along. We would climb a few thousand feet and go back down a thousand feet, following the river’s course flowing off Everest. Now and then, we would have to cross back over the river. This proved to challenge Lenette, as the rope bridges scared the hell out of Her. Depending on the height above the water, she came close to freezing in her tracks, refusing to go an inch farther. A few times, a team support member would hold Lenette, helping her cross the river below.

She did not trust me to help her, so I waited for her to cross over. My courageous Lenette kept on trucking, and while she never lost her fear, she kept hiking throughout the climb. She made it every time.

Needless to say, we made friends with our Nepal guides. They were wonderful people who loved their country and loved working with foreigners.  

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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