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I found in early June 2010.Most of the hikes and climbs I have been on were in the Boy Scouts in the early 1970's.In 1979 I went on the most important trip I ever ent on in my lifetime.At the age of 19 I went on Semester at Sea Spring 1979.We went all the way around the world on a ship/cruise.This cruise took us almost 4 months to complete.We left Long Beach,Calif on the SS Universe on February 15th 1979.We headed west and landingin order, our Ports of call were Honolulu,Hawaii.Pusan,Korea.Keelung,Taiwann.Hong Kong.While in Hong Kong we went over into China.Next we came to Singapore.The port of Madras,India.While in India,18 of us flew to Kathmandu,Nepal.While there I was able to go up Trekking up in Nepal,as far as we could go on the trail up to Everest.I believe we got as far as Namche Bazarre.I could be wrong about that place.But it was so fascinating going up the trail to where the Everest snowline as.Most of the people going up to Everest were either Americans,Germans,Canadians,or Aussie's or New Zealanders.Of course there were many sherpas.And I believe there was a flim crew from NatGeo Society.Even though I had no intention of actually making an attempt on Everest.At least we were on the trail up there.It was so much like a Shangra La.Except for the foreigners there,this place seemed like modern society had not touched this area.Even though it has been some 31 years since I have been to Nepal.I want to go back.Not to just climb some peak,but just to be there.It is really a special place.Kathmandu and the roads and trails to actually get to the Everest trail camp.I had a few days left before getting back to Madras,India,I decided to fly by myself to the Kashmir Valley,Northern India.I am extremly blessed that at the time I was in Kashmir,it seemed very safe for a westerner.Today it is a very different story.I was able to go to Kashmir Val in a window of time where there was no war going on.Even though I did not attempt any peakbagging.I was able to see this part of the Himalayans.Where India,China and Pakistan all crowd their countries together.My guess is that I was about 5-10 miles from the Pakistany border before beeing asked to turn back because I did not have a visa to go any further.It was a magical time in India and Nepal.Even though the Nepalese people are very poor,They had such a happy spirit and giving to us westerners.That would always be the highlight of my trip.

After leaving Madras,India we went to Colombo,Sri Lanka.After leaving Sri Lanka we headed up into the Red Sea where we landed at Port Safaga,Egypt.This is the gateway to a 3-4 hour bus trip to Luxor,Egypt...Thebes,Egypt ..The Valley of the Kings and Queens.The most fascinating though was exploring the Karnak Temple.After our 1 day in this part of Egypt we cruised up the Suez Canal to Alexandria,Egypt.We then tok about a 3 hour bus ride to Cairo.We were able to explore The Giza Plateau,The Cairo museum and many other parts of this ountry.While in Cairo, a couple of us were able to sleep on the backside of the big Pryamid one night.After retracing our steps to Alexandria we cruised to Crete,Greece.Athens,Greece.Delphi,Mount Olympus..failed attempt.From there we went to Spain.The Sierra Nevada in Spain.And then went on to Morooco.And then finshed our trip across the Atlantic for a week.We came up the Chesapeake and docked in Dundalt,Baltimore,Maryland.My parents picke me up there and we spent about a week in and around Washington DC,Philadelphia and New York City.We did many things between DC and New York including climbing a few hills and small peaks.But by then I was so tired all I wanted to do was fly home to the west coast from New York.This was the trip of a lifetime.One I hope to one day do again on Semester At Sea.When I was on SAS, it was docked academicaly at University of Colorado at Boulder.Currently it at University of Virgina..Charlottsville.This was my trip of a liftime and NOT A DAY GOES BY that I dont think about everywhere I was able to hike,explore and navigate across the mountains,seas and Oceans of the world.If you ant to connect with me I am on Facebook under "Joe Stawasz"


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Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Complete
Hawaii Wilderness High Points150
Hawaii County Prominence Peaks120
Hawaii County High Points120
Great Basin Peaks List-Star Peaks218.2
California 14,000-foot Peaks218.2
USA Lower 48 Range3 High Points314.3
Nevada Peaks Club Emblem Peaks114.3
High Points of Counties Crossed by the Pacific Crest Trail613.3
Sierra Peaks Section Emblem Peaks213.3
Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" Peaks112.5
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocationAscent Date
Mount Whitney14498USA-CA1970-08-09
Mount Antero14269USA-COUnknown
Mount Evans14264USA-COUnknown
White Mountain Peak14246USA-CA1976
Keeler Needle14239USA-CA1970-08-09
Pikes Peak14110USA-CO1980-08-15
Third Needle14108USA-CA1970-08-09
Mount Muir14012USA-CA1970-08-09
Mount Kaweah13802USA-CA1985-08-31
Boundary Peak13140USA-NVUnknown
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocationAscent Date
Mount Whitney10078USA-CA1970-08-09
San Jacinto Peak8319USA-CA1970-07-11
San Gorgonio Mountain8294USA-CA1970-07-25
White Mountain Peak7196USA-CA1976
Pikes Peak5510USA-CO1980-08-15
Santiago Peak4387USA-CA1995-05-25
Brian Head3747USA-UTUnknown
Indian Peak3650USA-UTUnknown
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I-Index: 18    Link to Peak List sorted by isolation
E-Index: 57    Link to Peak List sorted by elevation


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