Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2015’
An Earth Day wish: look to the mountains (full blog post link in my profile). “Look to the mountains on this day. Take in their beauty, their majesty, their power…and their frailty. Understand that they are the harbingers of climate change, and they are showing its first effects. And, take action.” In this photo, the #Gangotri #Glacier weaves its way down from the wall of the #Chaukhamba peaks. As the source of the #Ganges River, the Gangotri is receding at an average rate of 12 meters (36+ feet) per year, presenting huge future issues for the Ganges and the 400 million souls who depend on it.
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One year ago today, 16 #Sherpa were tragically killed in the #Khumbu
#Icefall on #Everest. It was a day that should have sparked more change than it has, more deep and meaningful conversation, reflection, and sould searching than perhaps has occurred. But, by in large, things seem to continue in the same way on the mountain, just as they did after the deaths in 1996, in 2001, in 2010, etc. We humans are often slow to learn from our mistakes, reticent to accept the lessons our individual and collective histories teach us through blood and tears. But, there is good news and good options. @davidcmorton and @melissaarnot started the Juniper Fund, which distributes badly needed funds to the families of deceased Sherpa killed in the line of duty. And, Ben Ayers and the dZi Foundation work hard every day to better the lives of Nepalis – Sherpa, #Tamang, #Rai, #Limbu, and others – hopefully undermining the desperate need to work in the mountains. Hoping today, and every day, for a safe, productive, and positive season for all my friends, colleagues, and others on Everest this spring. In this photo, Ngawang crosses one of many massive crevasses in the Khumbu Icefall in 2002.
Going through stock images today, and came across this fun one: the full #moon rises behind #Everest, #Lhotse, and #Nuptse as climbers (mainly #Sherpa carrying loads) begin to make their way through the #Khumbu #Icefall. The Milky Way is clearly visible in the night sky. This was initially shot for a timelapse, but made more sense as a single frame. It was shot today, April 14, 2012, as @davidcmorton, @charley.mace, Brent Bishop, and I were attempting the West Ridge of Everest. #liveyouradventure #mounteverest @eddiebauer #travelstoke #everydayasia #everydaynepal @nature #NatureAddictRead More
A #tbt shot from #Everest. @conrad_anker comes out of our tent at 25,600 foot Camp V on the North Ridge on April 30, 1999, the day before Conrad found the remains of George #Mallory on the north face. Great memories from 16 years ago. #georgemallory #himalaya #mounteverest #liveyouradventure @internationalmountainguides @dharmabum333 #SquareInstaPicRead More
Today, in 1938, the last of the pre-World War II #Everest expeditons arrived at #Rongbuk Basecamp. Led by H.W. “Bill” #Tillman, the expediton was small and light, and cost only about $4,000 to launch. Bad weather haunted the expediton, however, and eventually stopped their progress at about 27,400 feet. In 2004, I was able to re-discover the 1938 high camp, perched on the windswept Northeast Shoulder, far from the traditional route of today. Check out a video and description of that climb and discovery – link in my bio.
In this shot, from 1999, a monk from Rongbuk walks past a #chorten at Rongbuk #Monastery, #Tibet, with Everest’s North Face rising behind.
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