Tiger Balm Tales – Vol. 1 Why? Such a simple question, yet it resonated in my head many, many times on my most recent trip to Nepal. Why was I going back to Nepal? Why did I ask my dad to come with me? Why did he decide to actually come with me? At this […]
Hiking the Annapurna Circuit is possible for all ages. This is the story and resources for how my 73 year old father and I hiked the Annapurna circuit successfully.
Preparing the Parents
Tiger Balm Tales – vol. 2 What’s that – you missed vol. 1 of Tiger Balm Tales? Go back and read it now! Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 1 “Dad, you NEED to get a hepatitis shot.” “Do I really? I’m strong, I should be ok.” “Dad, your strength has nothing to do with it – […]
Tiger Balm Tales – vol. 3 Start from the beginning! Tiger Balm Tales – vol. 1, vol. 2 We saw the first glimpse of them from the plane window – the rigid, snowy Himalayan peaks. They were practically at eye level with our cruising altitude; you could reach out and touch them as if they […]
Travel Back in Time
Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 4 Travel Back in Time Itinerary: Kathmandu to Puma Photos: View Puma Snapshots We said goodbye to the bustling city of Kathmandu and hopped in our time machine which took us back in time about 50 yrs. A time and place where electricity and plumbing were not guaranteed, where harvesting was […]
Breathe Through Your Mouth
If blogs were scratch and sniff…you’d really be in trouble with this post. I found myself chanting the mantra, “Breathe through your mouth, not through your nose.” – while completely naked.
Oh, sorry, I got ahead of myself; let me go back to the beginning.
Road Work Ahead
Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 6 Day 2 & 3 Bahundanda to Dharapani What is it about growing older that changes us? Not only do our feet get bigger, but we tend to also develop more irrational fears. I’ve been aware of it for some time now; my growing fear of heights. As each year goes […]
Changing Rhythms on the Annapurna Circuit
Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 7 Day 4-5-6 A routine is formed. Get up at 6:30AM. Pack up everything by 7:00AM. Eat breakfast. Begin to hike from 7:30AM to 4 or 5 PM. Unpack and change out of sweaty clothes. Choose dinner from the same menu as the night before (even though it’s a different tea […]
On the 7th day, we rested – Annapurna Circuit
Tiger Balm Tales – Vol. 8 And on the 7th day, we rested. I woke up in Manang; I didn’t have to roll up my sleeping bag, repack my backpack, tend to my blisters, or put on my dingy hiking clothes. No, this morning we rested. I lay in my bed listening to the heavy […]
Paralyzed on the Annapurna Circuit
Tiger Balm Tales vol. 9 Paralyzed What started as a slight headache the night before had manifested into my complete paralysis the next morning. My head was throbbing, but worse than that, my body had felt like it had gone through a medieval bone crusher in the middle of the night. Every movement I made […]
No Room at the Inns – Annapurna Circuit
Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 10 Day 9 – No Room at the Inns… By some miracle I woke up on Day 9 with a small trace of a headache, aches, and pains of the day before. Apparently 24 hours of sleep and antibiotics were just what the doctor ordered. I woke up feeling about 80% well; […]