Climbing Mt. Everest
The following videos,
films, and photographs are of our climb up Mt. Everest.
Starting at Kathmandu,
Nepal's capital, an ancient city with temples, splendid architecture. It
was the caravan route between Tibet and India for thousands of years.
Lukla, a small Sherpa
village perched at about 9,000 ft. on the side of the Himalayan
Mountains and the gateway to Khumbu Region, and the starting point for
expeditions on Mt. Everest.
Namche Bazaar at 11,286
ft. is a large village in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. Namche Bazaar has
shops and lodges. It is a beautiful spot going into high Himalayas.
Buddhist Monastery at 12,796 ft. surrounded by magnificent peaks: Mt.
Everest, Nuptse, Chotse, and Ama Dablam. The scenery is spectacular.
From Thyangboche to Base Camp with a few stops along the way.
Everest Base Camp,
17,500 ft. Climbers acclimate and get ready for ascent starting with the
Khumbu Icefall. Base Camp is on the rocky slopes of Khumbu Icefall,
19,500 ft. is in constant motion, enormous seracs and endless crevasses.
It is an area very dangerous for climbers and many have lost their lives
in this area.
Camp I is finally
reached after crossing Khumbu Icefall and is at 19,500 ft.
Camp II is reached at
Pitched on the steep and
exposed Lhotse Face, Camp III is not comfortable at 23,700 ft.
Photos with our
Ang Phurba: This little man was our
expedition leader who guided us up Mt. Everest and back safely. He was a
renowned climber. He led, or has been on, many famous Everest
expeditions, and has summited more than once. Ang Phurba was an
incredible man; very brave, spiritual, and strong. We shall never forget
Sherpas are an ethnic
group from the most mountainous regions of Nepal. One of the most famous
Sherpa was Tenzing Norgay, the first to summit Mt. Everest with Sir
Edmund Hillary in 1953.
A letter from our Sherpa, Ang Phurpa, and
a photo of his son who is studying to be a Buddhist monk in Kathmandu.
This prayer flag was one of many we came
across on our way up Mt. Everest. Historically Nomadic communities of
Tibet hoisted prayer flags to bring fortune, prosperity, health, etc.
Now, in Nepal, it has more of a religious
significance. Designs and prayers are printed in black ink on cloth
panels of blue, white, red, green, and yellow which symbolize the sky,
clouds, fire, wind, and earth.
Writings and wishes inscribed upon the
flag are increasingly associated with spirit as opposed to material
In 1988 I was one of ten climbers chosen
for this Everest expedition. Sponsors failed to live up to their
commitment and the expedition was cancelled.
Everest base Camp 17,500 ft.
Khumbu 19,500 ft.
Icefall and beyond up to Camp
III 23,700 ft.