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‘Crazy Grandma’ is off to Mt. Aconcagua on Seven Summit quest

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Helicopter evacs for younger friends, but no one escapes travel nightmares

Lisa Walker is a self-described “crazy grandma” on a mission.

She runs endurance races. Competes in national triathlon championships. At 58, she has bested fellow climbers half her age in summiting peaks in the Himalaya. She has seen much younger friends suffer from HAPE and medical evacuations that nearly bankrupted them, and has experienced just about all the travel nightmares there are, but is undeterred in achieving her ultimate goal: to climb the world’s Seven Summits.

With Kilimanjaro ticked off the list already, Walker is headed to Argentina next month to tackle Mt. Aconcagua, the tallest peak outside of Asia. It is a less technical climb than some of the other summits, but its relentless ascent to 22,841 feet requires excellent physical fitness.

That’s not a problem for this grandmother and Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client. An avid swimmer, long distance cyclist, and runner who knocks out at least six triathlons per year, including a half-Ironman, she completed a 70.3- miler in Whistler, British Columbia, last year and one in 2016 in the province’s capital, Victoria.

The Canadian-born Oregon resident also qualified for and competed in the USAT National Championships, held in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 13, 2016. Two days later, she was on a plane, ultimately bound for the Himalaya of northwest India. But because her visas did not arrive in time, she was unable to board her flight to New Delhi. This caused her to miss a good portion of the Himalaya trip and resulted in non-refundable expenses.

After “four days and three nights of horrendous travel nightmares and sleeping in airports,” she said, she arrived in Leh, India, to summit the 20,100-foot Stok Kangri.

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No matter where you are in the world, coffee is koffie is café

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Chai, chai, cha

What’s the word for onion in Hungarian? How do you say spicy in Vietnamese? When you’re ordering at a restaurant in a place where you don’t speak the language and no one speaks yours, you fumble around in a phrasebook or on your phone to find the right word.

When it comes to coffee or tea, though, there’s hardly any need. All around the planet, there are basically only two words for tea. And for coffee, there’s really only one. Why is that?

Moroccan mint tea

The thought first occurred to me as I was in line at a coffee chain in California and someone was ordering “chai,” to specify a spicy concoction that involves tea, but is somehow different. This struck me as weird, as in much of the world, “chai” just means tea.

Turkish: “chai.” Russian: “chai.” Swahili: “chai.” Spellings and alphabets aside, the sound of tea is almost identical from Tokyo to Trieste, Moscow to Mogadishu. Romanian, Slovenian, Albanian, Czech, Bulgarian, Croatian, Azerbaijani, Kurdish and Ukrainian? “Chai.” A few slight variants pop up here and there outside of Eastern Europe — Bengali: “cha”, Japanese: “ocha”, Mongolian: “tsa”, Somali: “sha”, for example.

A Russian tea setting with samovar

Virtually everywhere else, it’s tea. In the Germanic languages of Northern Europe it sounds like “tee” and in the Romance languages in Southern and Western Europe it’s more like “tay.” English and Western European trade and colonization probably has a lot to do with the fact that everyone from the Maoris in New Zealand to the Igbo in Nigeria call it “tea,” and in various other African languages there is at least a “tee” sound somewhere in the word.

Tea harvesting in Kenya

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Ripcord reimburses for interrupted climbing trip due to death in the family

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Trip to Pacific Northwest cut short

An Arizona man was about halfway through a climbing course in the Pacific Northwest when he received the saddening news that a family member had died. He descended from the mountain and soon boarded a flight to New York to attend the funeral.

As a Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client with a comprehensive policy for his trip, he filed a claim and was reimbursed for the days of the climbing course he missed, plus the losses incurred from changes made to his airline tickets and ground transportation in New York.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Ripcord reimburses for losses stemming from delayed luggage in Africa

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Shoeless and hatless in Mauritius

A Florida couple had just landed in the East African islands of Mauritius for a relaxing stay at a golf and spa resort, but their luggage did not arrive with them. In fact it was delayed for more than three days. As a result, they had to buy new clothes, shoes and hats, along with other incidentals such as toiletries and bug spray.

In all, it cost them about 23,000 Mauritian rupees, or about $670. Air Mauritius reimbursed them for roughly 30 percent of their costs, and, as they were Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance clients, their Ripcord comprehensive insurance policy reimbursed them for the remainder.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Ripcord announces Platinum Sponsorship of Wild Sheep Foundation

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Visit Ripcord in Reno at booth No. 1137

The Wild Sheep Foundation has recognized Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ as a Platinum Convention Sponsor of the 2018 Sheep Show ®, the companies announced today. Ripcord will also be a sponsor of the show’s Saturday Night Grand Finale Banquet and Awards.

The upcoming Sheep Show ® will be held in Reno, NV, from January 18 to 20, 2018. You can visit Ripcord at booth number 1137.

“It’s a real pleasure for Ripcord to join such a well-respected conservation education and advocacy group,” said Redpoint Resolutions VP Tom Bochnowski. “We’re looking forward to sponsoring the banquet, catching up with old friends in the industry, and hopefully making a lot of new friends at our booth.”

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