Organized Fastpacks

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Wahoo! Thorung La - 5,416m/17,769ft

Trail/Logistics Beta

Questions about doing the Great Himalaya Trail, need some GPS tracks, or advice on gear? Please do your homework first by making sure your question hasn’t already been answered on (HAL). If no answer is found, make a small donation to and then contact me with your question using the form below.  I will give up 30 minutes of my time trying to answer your question(s) and/or pointing you in the right direction. Beyond that, I will need to ask you to contract with HAL at a consultation rate of $50 USD per hour.  Sorry, I am inundated with emails from people (who usually are just pipe dreaming) and this is the only way I know to put the brakes on things.




Public Health Informatics

My PhD is in Public Health and I have been on the clinical and research faculty at the University of Washington since 2004. Self-directed NIH funding exceeds one million USD. Research funded areas include patient-centered decision support systems, patient reported outcomes, medication adherence, low health literacy, data warehouse analytics, chronic disease registries. Standard consultation rate of $180 per hour, discounts available for non-profits. (CV)


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Seth is an excellent and most trust-worthy guide! We met up with Seth in the Nepal in the fall of 2011, after he summited Mt. Everest and had completed his teaching of a University level course in the Annapurna Sanctuary. We had a terrific time fast-packing the world famous Annapurna Circuit, covering the distance comfortably in two-thirds the typical time, while still hitting all the highlights and even getting in a day or two of rest at some spectacular locations. Seth was able to arrange permits through contacts he has in Nepal, saving us much time; and these same contacts provided us with a greater sense of security as we traveled fast through the Himalayas. He also had a great sense of what we needed in our packs, and what would just weigh us down. It was a trip of a lifetime, with so many thanks to Seth.

-Scott Railton. Annapurna Circuit Fast-pack, 2011.

I wanted thank you note for filling out my graduate school recommendations so quickly last month! I am so grateful for my experience in Nepal two years ago, it has definitely helped me get to where I am today and inspired me to continue my education. I really appreciate your support during this stressful process. I am pleased to inform you that I have heard back from several programs already, all of which I have been offered admission. I will spend my
first year studying in Budapest and my second year studying in Barcelona. I’m very excited to embark on this new adventure and would like to thank you for helping me get there!

-Taylor M. Annapurna Base Camp Trek, 2011

Traveling with Seth to Annapurna Base Camp was an incredible experience. His passion for Nepal, the locals, and being outdoors was contagious. Paired with his personal experience and expertise in mountaineering, my travels and experience under his guidance has led to a greater appreciation for the country and challenged me to reflect on sustainable, culturally appropriate approaches to health and development.
-Robyn Leong. Annapurna Base Camp Trek, 2011.

I went on a 3-week study abroad seminar to Nepal with Seth in August of 2011. The seminar focused on global health and public health issues in the region. Thanks to Seth’s leadership and insightful input, the seminar was amazingly eye-opening and informative.
-Dena Seabrook. Annapurna Base Camp Trek, 2010.

Seth is an accomplished mountaineer/ extreme athlete with an incredible ability to educate and motivate people from all walks of life. In 2010 Seth led me along with a group Students to Annapurna Base Camp. He found the perfect balance of education and motivation to make the trek enjoyable and unforgettable. His knowledge of local culture really added to the overall
experience of trip. Given the opportunity, I would absolutely go on another expedition guided by Seth.

-Ben Krabill. Annapurna Base Camp Trek, 2010.

I worked with Dr. Wolpin on large scale oncology research projects for a number of years and was continuously impressed with his range of skills, enthusiasm, and curiosity. Seth always seemed to be exploring new methods, techniques and technologies in his own time that would ultimately benefit our research studies. But beyond his obvious talent and high personal standards, Seth was a delight as a colleague- easy to collaborate with, the first to volunteer, and fun to be around.
-Nigel Bush, Research Psychologist &
Program Manager, National Center for Telehealth &
Technology at United States Department of Defense