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Kuntal Joisher
Kuntal Joisher is 34 and lives in the city of dreams, Mumbai. He is a software engineer at CallFire, a Los Angeles based technology company that powers text messaging and phone calls for some of the biggest brands in the world. His passion for mountaineering has led him to climb mountain ranges across the world, including the Nepal and Indian Himalayas, the Patagonia, the Western Ghats and more. For the past 4 years, he's spent every living second breathing his Everest dream, which will hopefully be realized in the next few months.

Entries by Kuntal Joisher

My Life; My Dad; The Himalaya

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 1:21 PM

I just walked into my dad's room. He is in deep sleep, and has a baby-like happiness and calmness on his face. I've seen his Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) progressing further over the last few months to a point where he spends his entire day on the bed. His body...

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Nepal: Before and After the Everest Avalanche (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 12:06 PM

Climbing Everest is a dream that hundreds of mountaineers set to achieve every spring. Yet though a true test of strength and willpower, it pales in comparison to the importance of human life. This is why as an expedition leader, I did not hesitate for a second before cancelling our...

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Surviving the Everest Avalanche

(8) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 6:54 PM

On April 10th, after an unsuccessful attempt at climbing Mt. Everest last year, I was back at base camp to try again. I was excited, determined, and hopeful that I would finally fulfill my dream of standing on the top of the world.

However, this year had been an unusually...

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Preparing to Climb Mt. Everest ... Again

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 2:19 PM


This time last year, I embarked on my dream to climb Mt. Everest to stand on the top of the world. One month into the climb, a tragic avalanche killed 16 Sherpa mountaineering guides in the treacherous Khumbu Icefall...

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What I've Learned From the Mountains

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:04 PM


In last few months, I've read and heard accomplished mountaineers and successful entrepreneurs talk about how mountain climbing lessons can be applied to business. Issues such as teamwork, risk management, overcoming obstacles, and addressing failures were common themes amongst these articles...

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Climbing the 8th Highest Mountain in the World: Part II

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:20 PM


When I left off with my story of summiting Mt. Manaslu, I was just being woken up by my Sherpa guides.

But, before I go into the details of summit day, I want to preface my story by recounting an...

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From Robin Williams to My Father, Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Robin Williams was universally loved and admired, which is why it came as such a shock when the news of his passing made the front page of every paper. Recently, it came to light that a significant underlying factor to Williams' decision to end his life may have...

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Climbing the Eighth Highest Mountain in the World

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:18 PM


My body was sapped of every ounce of energy. We had just finished climbing a steep thousand foot icy wall. I was standing at about 24,000 feet, the highest I had ever been in my life. The air was thin, requiring superhuman effort...

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How Photography Made Me An Eternal Student

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Despite a happy marriage, I have been involved in another relationship for over 25 years. My tryst with photography began way back in 1988.

When I was just eight years old, my uncle bought me a Minolta film camera. It was hard for me to ever put it down...

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Learning to Let Yourself Fear

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:45 AM


"Fear is healthy; Panic is deadly."

I believe in this quote, said by Frosty Hesson, world-class surfer famous for surfing gigantic waves known as "Mavericks," because I can relate. While it's safe to say I'm nowhere near being a pro surfer, as...

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Communication Is Key for Caregivers

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 4:31 PM


I can't imagine life without my father living at home with me and my wife. Unfortunately, he'll never remember life without living with us either. For the past few years, my wife and I have stepped in as my father's full-time caregivers as...

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Why a Sherpa Is Your Best Friend

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:19 PM


What is a Sherpa exactly? As an experienced mountaineer, I can tell you that they are one of the best communities of people on the planet.

The Sherpa are actually a Tibetan tribe that occupies the high valleys around the base of the...

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My Father Gave Me the Mountains, So I Will Climb Them

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:37 PM


When people talk about mountain climbing, they tend to focus on the actual climb. Discussion usually revolves around training, gear, preparation and diet. But rarely do I come across an article about climbing that addresses the most time consuming part of...

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Can a Serious Climber Also Be Vegan?

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 12:51 PM


I just returned from a trip climbing the north side of Mount Elbrus, the highest peak on the European continent, located in the Caucasus Mountains. Most people whom I met on my trip to Russia were skeptical of my diet during the expedition....

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Retreat Is Not Defeat: Decisions Made in the Wake of the Everest Avalanche

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:21 PM


Once the gravity of the tragic avalanche became clear, my expedition to summit Everest on the south side of the mountain was called off. Climbing Mt. Everest was a personal dream of mine - years in the making - and I didn't want...

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The Deadliest Event in Mt. Everest History: My Firsthand Account

(9) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 11:46 AM


Although I'd been to the Everest base camp multiple times before, I'd never actually slept there. This time wasn't just a visit; I was climbing Mt. Everest for real, making base camp my new home for the next couple of months. I must...

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I'm Climbing Everest for a Cause

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:05 PM

My name is Kuntal Joisher and I am about to climb Mt. Everest. Yes, I know hundreds of people attempt to summit the highest point in the world every year, but I'd like to think my journey is special. I'm climbing in honor of my father, who has been living...

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