I tell you how site will look like: It will look like Digg.coms new version http://new.digg.com, so site will have tons of white with a simple feed on a middle. It is important that logo works well on mainly white website - giving it personality and color.
I personally love yellow and orange, so all our dummy graphics now carry those colors - hopefully logo will too! But, if you have a great idea for other colors in mind, please submit!
Also, it would be great if Zherpa-logo has an element that could be used as map pinpoint (waypoint) as we will do tons of map views for news, photos, etc. so that when user puts mouse-over the map pinpoint, it will expand (or some other way show more info.
Zherpa, as you probably know, is a play with the name Sherpa which means Nepalese mountain carrier, a support to climbers and all-around trustful helper.
Then also, it is important that logo is not winter focused as Zherpa, just like these mountain towns operate year around.
Another point is that it would be great if logo has a version that works well with town name, like for example Zherpa Breckenridge, etc. This is secondary point, so most important is that logo works well by itself.