The Fiery Gizzard Trail: Certa Mors

In March, Holly and I will fly around the world and check out Mt. Everest with our own eyes. It will be our first time in Nepal, and probably, the maiden voyage of Hobnail Trekking Co. The fact that it's only about five months away has me in…

About Nepal's Dashain festival

Dashain (also pronounced as Dasain) is the longest and most popular Hindu festival in Nepal.  It has several different names, including Dasain, Vijaya Dashami, and Dahsera. The longest holiday in Nepal, Dashain Festival begins this year on…

Hobnail Trekking Co. to present at "Sherpa Night" in Asheville, N.C.

Nashville: Hobnail Trekking Co., an adventure travel outfitter based in Nashville, will conduct its “Everest Base Camp Trek Experience” presentation in Asheville at Diamond Brand Outdoors’ “Sherpa Night” on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The free…

The Mysterious Yeti

As a lifetime fan of America's own hairy monster, Bigfoot, one of the first questions I asked Dawa Jangbu upon meeting him was, "Do you believe in the Yeti?" (I'll let you ask him yourself if you want to hear his answer.) I have always been…

The Big Question: Why?

This is Mark speaking. Regarding Nepal, I've been getting this question a lot lately, so I thought I'd answer it here. Actually, to be more specific, the question is twofold: 1) Why do you want to go trekking in Nepal, and 2) Why did you want…

Nashville to Nepal, Vol.4: The Meeting

(Continued from Nashville to Nepal, Vol. 3: The Company) Last Sunday, April 2, 2017, was a mind-boggling day for Holly, Dawa, and myself. In many ways, it was the day that Hobnail Trekking Company became a living and breathing entity rather…

Nashville to Nepal: Vol. 3, The Company

The walking path at Burns Park, where the idea attacked me.   (Continued from Nashville to Nepal: Vol. 2, The Plan) August passed into September which eased into October. Being an unemployed person was, frankly, unbelievably fun.…

Nashville to Nepal Vol. 2: The Plan

(Continued from Nashville to Nepal Vol. 1: The Lyft) A day later, I was driving away from my former office with cardboard boxes full of framed family pictures and wall hangings, awards, lamps, and bottles of ibuprofen stuffed into the…

Nashville to Nepal Vol. 1: The Lyft

My journey to Mt. Everest officially began with a lift to my auto mechanic in on Charlotte Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee — elevation 597 feet. Technically, it was a Lyft rather than a lift, but I’ll get to that in a minute. The…