Sherpa are the elite of humanity. The recent tragic loss of 16 of these incredibly strong, brave men was devastating. If it is possible to bring something positive from the fatal avalanche of April 30, 2014, it is the highlighting of the corruption of the Nepalese Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. In my interview with Kevin Vann, veteran climber and co-founder of Trek 8848 (which leads expeditions to Everest Base Camp), you learn about the Sherpa who, as with parents around the world, are desperately eking out a living to feed their families and provide a future for their children.
And, we visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Pennsylvania; the first railroad to tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains.