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Going to Tibet this fall will be my twelfth international backcountry ski/ski mountaineering expedition in the past nine years. I love seeing the world through the lens of ski mountaineering. In 2014, @brodyleven, @graysonschaffer and I went to Mexico to ski Pico de Orizaba (18,491 ft./5636 m) the highest volcano in North America, in a weekend. Headache, nausea and fatigue were our constant companions along the way (shortly after this photo was taken, Grayson started vomiting). The fantasy of being in these places is often prettier than the reality. Luckily, we were able to descend quickly and made it home ok. I wouldn’t recommend this trip, but it was good training for what’s ahead. #MountainsAreForEveryone #Cho18

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