Joined the team at Feeding the Rat for a second trip, this time to a remote mountain range in Xinjiang. This trip was again true explorer stuff to an area which is both politically difficulted to navigate and relatively unknown to the climbing world. What the team a Feeding the Rat don't know about this part of the world isn't worth knowing. Their ability to make things happen, solve difficult problems and adapt on the fly is second to no other expedition organiser.
Had the pleasure of joining an expedition to successfully climb the first assent of Xialongrezha, an the undocumented 5678m peak in the Genyen massif. The trip with Feeding the Rat Expeditions was truly life changing. With little public information available about the area I knew this trip was going to be a genuine adventure up valleys which it is safe to say no foreigners had ever been up.
This was a self-supported 10 day trip over a mountain and down the canyons into the river to the ocean. I had witnessed one of the most beautiful sunrises I had ever seen in Japan on the top of the mountain. The river was interesting, long periods of cruising, with good rapids that we were able to run with packrafts. We were able to pull this off with minimal problems due to strong logistics and good weather. I would do it again.
I did my first Expedition with Feeding the Rat in China to an unclimbed peak in Tibet. I had little knowledge of China and Tibet beyond what I could find on the internet. Which as you can imagine was extremely unhelpful. Feeding the Rat Expeditions was able to get me in, through all the paperwork, processes and bureaucracy so that I could focus on the climb itself.
I thought climbing an unnamed peak would be the memory I would cherish most, but in actuality spending time in Tibet, and so far away from society that I had grown up in, made the expedition to the climb, one of the more memorable times in my life. I am looking forward to doing more trips in the future
I climbed Fuji with Feeding the Rat several times in 2021. The first time I was unprepared for the difficulty of it. However, with tips from the guide I was with I was able to attempt a few more times in 2021. I have used guides many times, and often the worst time is in the tent, or in the car, as its awkwardly quiet or standard questions.. however Feeding the Rat guide was quite opinionated about many different and obscure topics, which helped pass the time when not actively climbing, and extremely knowledgeable about climbing and suggestions for improvements.
I am looking to climb 8000m peaks over the next few years. Few places in Japan offer the difficulty and weather needed to prepare. Mt Fuji, is probably the best place to do it in Japan, but you need a service with someone who has climbed it in winter, many times, as there is little room for error. I did a custom trip with Feeding the Rat, that aligned with my goals of big peaks, while maintaining a level of professionalism and safety needed to ensure I didn't become another statistic on Fuji.