Pic of the Week_River_Everest Region_Tibet

Canon New F1 camera and Canon 24mm lens with Agfachrome 100 slide film

My friends Liz, Leif, Lee and I crossed this river, with the aid of a 4 wheel drive and our Chinese driver, on the way to a night spent at Base Camp in the valley directly below Chomolungma (Mount Everest) in Tibet. This was 1988 and our 1,000km trip from Lhasa to the holy mountain and then beyond to the Nepalese border involved passes of around 5,000 meters above sea level. I thought this was a pretty fair achievement for a lad from a small town in Western Victoria in South East Australia. Then I met a young western woman (possibly Swedish, though I can’t remember with any certainty) who was undertaking the trip on horseback.

On our arrival I remember passing an English mountaineering expedition who were not very happy with the fact that we would be camping closer to the mountain than them. I befriended an Italian climber who asked me to join his team for breakfast. He was a really nice guy and made sure the team’s doctor checked me over as I’d had trouble due to the high altitude.

My friends and I were treated with a wonderfully clear night by which to view the north face of Mount Everest. We then spent a very cold night huddled together in our tiny tent, prior to the last leg of our journey down to the Nepalese border.

The original 35mm transparency was scanned prior to being processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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