Photo Of The Day – Climbers At Joshua Tree National Park

Title: Climbers At Joshua Tree National Park Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA Description: A group of climbers attempt a sideways bouldering problem, over and over again, while I decided to take a climb up the rocks to get a wider view of the park. This image Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

One Per Trip – Favorite Travel Photos From 2010

It’s a challenge, but I am limiting myself to just one favorite travel photo from each of my trips this year.  Why just one?  So as to not inundate you with the hundreds I really like and because life is more simple this way.  I hope you enjoy Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Eileen Leads Vorpal Sword

Title: Eileen On Vorpal Sword 5.8 (I think) Description:  Eileen from on a climb named Vorpal Sword, located in Joshua Tree National Park Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey

Photo Of The Day – Joshua Tree Campground At Night

Title: Joshua Tree Campground At Night Description: A long exposure at campsite #17 at Ryan Campground in Joshua Tree National Park.  Some of our group had climbed the so named “Manure Pile” rocks in the background and were on their way down.  The bright light off to the Continue Reading →

Climbing To The Sun, With Scorpions Close Behind – Joshua Tree Tweetup

Disaster struck swiftly!! No. No not really.  That was just to get your attention and clear my mind. And then the fire spread to our tents!! Hmmm….also a lie.  But maybe you’re interested now.  Or maybe annoyed. You see, the problem with writing a trip report about a Continue Reading →

My Climbing World – Kyajo Ri

Both of my tentmates are awake in the middle of night, panicked, with a feeling they were not getting enough air. Now it is my turn. My mind is sounding alarms, imploring me to bolt from our cramped two-man tent and find scarce oxygen at 18,900′. Training, experience Continue Reading →

Time Lapse Video Of Morning In Kyajo Ri Valley Of The Nepal Himalayas


This quick one minute slide show was shot during our last morning in the valley at the end of an attempt on 20,290′ Kyajo Ri in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, about 26 miles as the crow flies from Mt. Everest.  Most of our mornings were like this, clear before the sun came up with clouds down the valley.  Once the sun dropped its rays into our valley things warmed up and more clouds formed.  Sometimes it snowed, sometimes it hailed and some days were just flat out sunny.

At an altitude of 4500m (14,500′), this is the lower of the three valleys on the way to Kyajo Ri.  The second is  500m higher and the last is another 400m, containing the bulk of the Kyajo Glacier which must be crossed on the way to the summit.  Looking down the valley in the video you can see the lower flanks of the sacred Sherpa peak Khumbi Yul Lha (spelled differently on each map, it seems).  The water in this area is clean enough to be drank straight from the stream, although only one member of our team was brave enough to do this.

Click on the map for a full size image of the valley. The pen indicates where we were camped.

Morning Comes To The Kyajo Ri Valley from Peter West Carey on Vimeo.

Vertical World Summer Slam Competition And Party

Vertical World Seattle is having their annual Summer Slam climbing competition on the 22nd of July.  I loved shooting the competition and party last year with the help of climbing partner Adrienne as my belay slave.  The competition is open to all and is a friendly, family safe Continue Reading →

Rocking Climbing, Chocolate And Pastries: Heavenly Weekend In Leavenworth

It’s less than three hours from Seattle and it contains rock climbing, chocolate and pastries.  Also white water rafting, more rock climbing, hiking, wine and mountain views from main street.  If you’re still guessing where I’m talking about, you need to read the title again,  This little slice Continue Reading →

Win An Organic Makalu Wear Trekking T-Shirt

Here’s your chance to win a fine, fine organic shirt from MakaluWear. You see, MakaluWear is run by a couple of folks from Nepal (Makalu is one of the 8000m+ mountains in the Himalayas, East of Everest) and I stumbled on their shirts one day while searching the Continue Reading →

How To Help Friends Help Big City Mountaineers Help Kids

I have three crazy friends.  Crazy because they want to climb Mount Rainier and have never climbed it before.  Crazy because they are actually going to climb it together this summer. Crazy because, together, they have nearly raised $12,000 to help Big City Mountaineers help inner-city kids learn Continue Reading →

Red Rock Canyon Rock Climbing Tweetup Video

Where is Red Rock Canyon?  In Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. What is a ‘tweetup’? It’s a meet up organized on Twitter.  Crazy people on the internet are always making up words like this (and if this bugs you, check out Pam Mandel’s rant on BlogHer) In Continue Reading →