The Ranson family has a long-time connection with Nepal.
From 1964-66 Ron served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in the jungle towns of Narayan garh and Bharatpur.
In 1973 Martha Free and Ron were married in Kathmandu accompanied by many of Ron's former Nepali students, teaching colleagues and Peace Corps friends. No decorated elephants or white horses were involved in the ceremony.
1982 – Ron's brother Rick spent a month trekking around the Annapurna circuit.
1983 – Rick led the first expedition to attempt to climb Ganesh Himal IV.
After the civil war in Nepal, Ron returned with his second wife Nicola to spend a month trekking and becoming reacquainted with former students and teaching colleagues.
2010/11 Ron returned to Nepal with his sons Andrew and Tim to trek into the remote Tsum Valley. This peaceful valley, with its fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, made a lasting impression on them. The flags are stunning to the eye and calming to the spirit.
2012 Ron and Tim journeyed back to Nepal to capture the spirit of prayer flags on high definition video. They set out to share the visual impact of prayer flags with people outside Nepal so that everyone can benefit from their beauty and simple messages of peace and compassion that they convey. They were assisted by a professional production team lead by Dhawa Gyanjen Lama of Tsum Valley and Sudarson Karki of Kathmandu.
Rick reunited with Mingma Tenzing Sherpa the expedition leader of the Ganesh Himal IV climb. Together they trekked to Kala Patar (near the Everest base camp) with Rick's wife Donna and daughters Emily and Hayley.
Ron and Tim named their film company YAK YAK MEDIA to honor the help that yaks and their yak herder friends have given them in the making these films. The father-son team enjoyed the cheerful company of these yak wranglers/film crewmembers on those cold nights at the roof of the world.