It’s the start of spring in the Himalayas. Sherpas and porters are gearing up for an onslaught of climbers, mostly affluent Westerners, currently en route to Kathmandu and the big mountains beyond. One year ago, as an official member of Expedition Hanesbrands, I was among the throng of Himalayan-bound travelers. My job was to be a journalist and blogger for the expedition, recording a trek from the village of Lukla, Nepal, and up into the Khumbu region toward the Big One, Mount Everest, which was Expedition Hanesbrands’ main goal. After more than a week of trekking, my group made it to Mount Everest Base Camp at 17,500 feet. The climbers in the group, Jamie Clarke and Scott Simper, as well as our Sherpa guides, would stand atop Everest’s peak a few weeks later, an ultimate success for the expedition after years of planning and months of work. Here are a few photos from the trip, a menagerie of images from Kathmandu to Lukla, and then up into the Khumbu and Everest far beyond. —Stephen Regenold
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