We received thousands of heartfelt stories and beautiful images and choosing these four finalists was a difficult task. While there are many deserving entries, the following four stories resonated most with all of us here at Sherpa Adventure Gear. Now is your chance to read their stories and vote on the one that inspires you the most. Vote once every 24 hours through May 9th.
Life is a weaving of stories, and I have always known I was a storyteller. I seek to learn from everyone.
Nature is the best tonic. The cheapest therapy. The place to simultaneously find yourself and lose yourself wholeheartedly.
I was born in Nepal but grew up in the U.S. so I never had the opportunity to explore the country.
I fell in love with Nepal, with the good-natured kindness of the people I met there, and with the beauty of the landscape.
Life is a weaving of stories, and I have always known I was a storyteller. I seek within and outside of myself to learn, to explore an unseen landscape, to meet people from vast cultures, communities and customs because everyone has a story to tell and for me to be a witness, a present listener to those stories, is a blessing and an honour. To see the world from another person's eye, to see the history of a landscape, to immerse myself in adventure, new sights, sounds and smells, is by far the greatest privilege. Nepal has always been a place of intrigue and curiosity for me, brimming with ancient history, both beautiful and trying, and to see that story unfold before my eyes, and to retell it through my photographer's lens and writer's hand, would be such a gift, and a gift I would be so grateful to share with all the world. One story is a universal story. There is something to learn from every one.
Nature is the best tonic. The cheapest therapy. The place to simultaneously find yourself and lose yourself wholeheartedly. I'm a city girl trapped in a wanderer's world. The more off the beaten path the adventure, the more i am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I consider my greater purpose to be a global ambassador and I intend to explore all corners of the world, making these far off, impossible places a reality. Because the more I travel, the more I fall in love with the world and am constantly reassured that we're not that different after all. I would love my next journey to take me to the spiritual land of Nepal. To climb the highest mountain and to experience the local Sherpa life.
As a Native Nepalese I would be honor to have been chosen for a trip to Nepal! I was born in Nepal but grew up in the U.S. so I never had the opportunity to explore the country. This opportunity would give me a doorway to explore culture, landscape and connect with people of Nepal.
I am an avid adventure photographer. Over the past decade, I've had the good fortune of working in Mustang Nepal on a few occasions, discovering age-old artifacts with a team of archaeologists, as well as working on an Everest expedition. I fell in love with Nepal, with the good-natured kindness of the people I met there, and with the beauty of the landscape. On each trip, I've worked to give back to the local community. I helped to build the the Magic Yeti Children's library in Khumjung (adjacent to the Sir Edmund Hillary school) and organized the donation of hundreds of books and duffels of gear during each trip. I also worked as an instructor at the Khumbu Climbing school in Phortse one winter, teaching the Sherpa community technical rock climbing skills. I haven't been back to Nepal in many years, and am searching for an opportunity to return with my girlfriend (who has not yet been). We both recently decided to take a leap of faith and leave our jobs in San Francisco. We sold our possessions, and will be traveling the world as nomads.
Grand Prize: A 10-day trip to Nepal for 2 Including roundtrip airfare to Kathmandu, a 6-day guided trek in the Khumbu region, all meals, accommodations and transportation. PLUS, a prize package from our partners.
Including roundtrip airfare to Kathmandu, a 6-day guided trek in the Khumbu region, all meals, accommodations and transportation. PLUS, a prize package from our partners detailed below. See Official Rules for details.
A prize package from our partner below.
Sherpa Adventure Gear Prize Package ($500 Value)
Klymit Prize Package ($300 Value)
MSR Prize Package ($375 Value)
Deuter Prize Package ($300 Value)
Munk Pack Prize Package ($135 Value)
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