Happy Mountains Day all!
Meet Ali and Zakir, my porter and guide during the K2 Trek earlier this summer. Whilst I did my trek in trekking shoes and socks, they only had their rubber slippers on the rocky terrain, snow, ice and whilst jumping the deep cravesses. I spent weeks to find the right trekking gear for different weather conditions but they wore a kameez (cotton shirt) with the same jacket throughout the trip. Their generosity shocked me when Ali forced me to use his spare woolen trousers he had for emergency when I was freezing at Concordia instead of using it himself.
They used to sleep after us and wake up before us to make sure we have an amazing time. They entertained us in the evenings with their group dances and local songs when we were exhausted from walking all day.
In short, Ali and Zakir together with hundreds of other porters help thousands of us to achieve our goal for little money and are unable to afford the right gear for the hostile mountains.
On Mountains day today, it seems appropriate to request you to contribute towards helping the mountain community who risk their lives for people like us in return for very little money.
I would like to start a campaign where people can donate their trekking gear directly to these porters. I will talk with courier companies to get a discounted rate for shipment of the gear.
For now, I need your help in building this initiative. This can include identifying a local distributor who is able to deliver the equipment fairly to where it's needed the most and sharing on dedicated and specified social media channels, how the equipment is now being used.
Can my mountaineer friends contact me if you have any ideas to support this initiative ❤❤ #k2#k2basecamp#k2pakistan#skardu#gilgitbaltistan#mountain#mountaineering#lovemountains#mountaingirl#karakoram#himalaya#pakistan#iroPakistan#porters#charity
Look at this rich, dark, beautiful thing! No, not brewer Matt's facial hair, it's only PORTERGEIST, our newest Ltd Edn date & coffee porter collab brew with @ghostwhalelondon & @volcanocoffeeworks. Pouring at a special Tap Room session this Saturday (15 Dec) from 12 til 8pm. Join us for a taste of its smooth, creamy goodness! ⚡ #getbrixton#brixton#brixtonbrewery#ghostwhale#volcanocoffee#collabs#newbeer#porters ⚡
I want to highlight the importance of porters in the Inca trail experience. They are super humans who lift around 25-30kg weight on their backs, so they can carry all the essentials hikers need for the trail. They carry food, water, gas, stove, utensils, tables, chairs, tents, sleeping bags and also 4kg worth of stuff for the hikers. They wait until we finish every meal so they can clean and pack up and they run past us on the trail to get to the next stop or to set up the tent at the end of the day.
I have no idea how they do this when we are struggling with our puny day packs. To top it all, they cheer each and every one of us when we make it to the campsite every single day. One of our porter was 59 years old!
They do multiple inca trail hikes for most of the month and go home in highlands for a few days before resuming this arduous routine.
I have so much respect and awe for what they do and I really hope they get better and better recognition and compensation for their hard work.
Here is a picture of one of the porters from Green Machine, @trekwithalpaca! 😃 They are the best and none of us can do this hike without these amazing porters! 😊 Thank you for all you do!
“LA FIN DU MONDE”
Belgium Style Trip Ale
SRM: 5.5 IBU:19
Nose: fruit medley, very crisp
Taste: pears, subtle spice,
Overall one of my favorite triples I’ve experienced so far, would definitely recommend
What a night of #RandD living on the #darkside amazing #porters#stout & #coffee beers from these amazing breweries @steelandoak @yellowdogbeer @steamworksbeer @fieldhousebrewing @strangefellowsbrewing @tofinobrewco @driftwoodbrewery @c12beer @fuggleswarlock #krampus#timetofly Thanks again to @erinmgirard and @b_urn for the wicked night!
Jaxan Swann shoots a jumper in Greenport’s victory Saturday against Central Islip. It was an emotional game for the Porters as they played for injured teammate Tyrus Smiley, who watched from the hospital in Stony Brook.