Sleep In The Dirt

Noah Wetzel Navigates Nepal and the Himalayas

Essays From the Field
One evening, with my tripod over my shoulder, I wandered alone underneath a full moon. Serenaded by the faint and distant jingle of Yak bells, I watched clouds crawl up and over the glacier moraine and dissipate into the flickering stars slowly rotating overhead. This moment I will never forget, and I will return to Nepal once again. Read the rest

Building a Memorial and Bikepacking the Impassible in Pakistan

Essays From the Field
We’d been on the Choktoi Glacier deep in the Karakorum Mountains of Pakistan for about a week, building a memorial for two departed climbing friends and boyfriends. Our basecamp was at about 14,000-feet in elevation, and slowly our bodies began to adapt to the shortness of breath and thin air. The locals--every single one of them--while all super nice, felt the need to tell us that bikes have never been up to into the mountains. We soon found out why. Read the rest

Adventures In Kyrgyzstan: Saving the Snow Leopard

Essays From the Field
"About a year ago I decided to move from California to Kyrgyzstan. I moved there in my thirst to learn and to explore wild places – full of unknown people, unknown faces, unknown language, unknown culture, and unknown nature. I’ve always had a passion for exploration, the outdoors, and scientific discoveries, so I decided to carve a career for myself at this intersection of nature conservation, adventure, and scientific research." Read the rest