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Mount Everest and me

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This is a picture I treasure a lot.

I'm at the top of Kala Patthar, where we can have the best view of Mount Everest and its surroundings.

When we arrived at Gorak Shep, a village (?) at the base of Kala Patthar, totally exhausted from the all day hike, the guide invited us to climb it to see Mount Everest before sunset.

We should rest at the lodge to head for base camp next day, but we decided to do the climb, in fact a heavy trek. 

I do not regret doing that, even because during the descent I had a diarrhea attack.

The view was glorious.

Mount Everest is the black pyramid next to the praying flags. Nuptse seems higher because of the perspective.

Also the Base Camp and Khumbu Icefall can be seen at the middle left.

 

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Aguinaldo

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What an experience.  Please post more.

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7 hours ago, Dallas said:

What an adventure! 

 

What gear did you take with you on that trip, Aguinaldo? 

Nikon D4 and D3s plus 16-35mm f/4, 70-200mm f/4 and 16mm f/2.8 fisheye. 

PS: no polarizer. The dark blue sky is because of the altitude.

The Base Camp down below is 5340m above sea level. Kala Patthar is 5643m,

 

29 minutes ago, Anthony said:

What an experience.  Please post more.

Yes, it was. Ok.


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The group at the EBC.

 

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Aguinaldo

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Partial view of the EBC.

 

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Aguinaldo

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This is where I spent the night there. 

Even with a good sleeping bag and a thin mattress, this was probably the worst night of my life. 

Minus 10C inside the tent for a guy from the tropics was too much.

 

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Aguinaldo

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Another partial view of EBC. 

The Khumbu Icefall is at the right.

 

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Aguinaldo

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Just wow.

 

A former co-worker did a solo summit (with one Sherpa) some years ago. He has climbed the highest peaks on all 7 continents, all solo. These kinds of adventures have always fascinated me, but I know my lungs would never be able to deal with the thin air at those altitudes. Asthma as a child insured I would never have a great deal of stamina. But National Geographic posters of Everest climbers on the peak or working towards the summit covered my walls as a child.

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Wonderful photos of an epic adventure. Can't believe you hauled all that heavy camera gear.

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Thank you Walter and Anthony.

I'm also fascinated by climbing stories, but my fear of heights keeps me away from climbing.

I do treks very often though.


Aguinaldo

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3 minutes ago, Pa said:

Wonderful photos of an epic adventure. Can't believe you hauled all that heavy camera gear.

I sherpa helped me with the cameras.


Aguinaldo

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You are a loser when you quit".
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I’m liking the colour shots in this thread better than the b&w shots in the other thread.

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