Dispatch, Journal

The Farewell Ascent

BEYOND BOUNDAIRES ON
THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

WALK AROUND ANY CITY in the world and you’ll see that technology has monopolized our focus; all necks crane downward with eyes fixed on a miniature screen. We often fail to be present in our own environments and with our loved ones.

Paradoxically, the same constant access to the Internet that places us in a perpetual state of distraction facilitates otherwise impossible connections at the very same time. At least that’s how we felt when we received an email from an absolute stranger in Nepal.

His name is Justin, and he shot us an email with a photo of him canoeing across a lake in his adopted homeland, wearing a three-year-old pair of our trusty Chore Pants. We were intrigued that a guy in Nepal had not only found Taylor Stitch, but also seemed to have one hell of a story to share.

As we came to find out, Justin has been living in Nepal for the past three years, and in that time he’s seen his share of both good times and bad. He was living in Nepal in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake felt the consequences of a blockade with India that shut down the country; but in the end, he’s experienced a country that captivates the imagination and wanderlust like few can. “Nepal will always be a big part of my life,” Justin remarked as he told us his story, “it made me realize how little control we have over some things. The Nepalese are a tenacious and resilient people. I hope I can take a little of that with me wherever I end up next.”

WALK AROUND ANY CITY in the world and you’ll see that technology has monopolized our focus; all necks crane downward with eyes fixed on a miniature screen. We often fail to be present in our own environments and with our loved ones.

Paradoxically, the same constant access to the Internet that places us in a perpetual state of distraction facilitates otherwise impossible connections at the very same time. At least that’s how we felt when we received an email from an absolute stranger in Nepal.

His name is Justin, and he shot us an email with a photo of him canoeing across a lake in his adopted homeland, wearing a three-year-old pair of our trusty Chore Pants. We were intrigued that a guy in Nepal had not only found Taylor Stitch, but also seemed to have one hell of a story to share.

As we came to find out, Justin has been living in Nepal for the past three years, and in that time he’s seen his share of both good times and bad. He was living in Nepal in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake felt the consequences of a blockade with India that shut down the country; but in the end, he’s experienced a country that captivates the imagination and wanderlust like few can. “Nepal will always be a big part of my life,” Justin remarked as he told us his story, “it made me realize how little control we have over some things. The Nepalese are a tenacious and resilient people. I hope I can take a little of that with me wherever I end up next.”

The Farewell Ascent — It Begins

WALK AROUND ANY CITY in the world and you’ll see that technology has monopolized our focus; all necks crane downward with eyes fixed on a miniature screen. We often fail to be present in our own environments and with our loved ones.

Paradoxically, the same constant access to the Internet that places us in a perpetual state of distraction facilitates otherwise impossible connections at the very same time. At least that’s how we felt when we received an email from an absolute stranger in Nepal.

His name is Justin, and he shot us an email with a photo of him canoeing across a lake in his adopted homeland, wearing a three-year-old pair of our trusty Chore Pants. We were intrigued that a guy in Nepal had not only found Taylor Stitch, but also seemed to have one hell of a story to share.

As we came to find out, Justin has been living in Nepal for the past three years, and in that time he’s seen his share of both good times and bad. He was living in Nepal in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake felt the consequences of a blockade with India that shut down the country; but in the end, he’s experienced a country that captivates the imagination and wanderlust like few can. “Nepal will always be a big part of my life,” Justin remarked as he told us his story, “it made me realize how little control we have over some things. The Nepalese are a tenacious and resilient people. I hope I can take a little of that with me wherever I end up next.”

WE CAN’T HAVE incredible lifetime experiences every single day, let alone every couple of weeks. And in our hectic lives, in this world we live in, it is remarkably easy to forget or disregard the beauty that surrounds. wherever it is we call home.

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That’s why, regardless of nuance, we think that no matter the journey you’re on there are two things that are meant to remain steadfast: yom resolve to live life to the fullest—whether venturing off to your nearest national park for the weekend, or taldiig a couple weel. to experience Nepal for yourself—and the nearly second-nature preparation that goes into yom decisions: the loose itinerary you’ve mapped out in your head, the must-sees you’ve predetermined, and certainly not least, the gear you tr.t to bring along for the ride. •

THE WAYPOINT COLLECTION

WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BRING IF YOU HAD TO PACK A SINGLE BAG FOR BOTH A WEEKEND ESCAPE OR AN INTERNATIONAL TREK?  NOTHING EXTRA.
EVERYTHING ESSENTIAL.