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Commentary; David Breashears commentary; Changba; Mt. Everest  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
10 Apr 2001

    Geography
  • Nepal
    Locality
  • Kathmandu; Boudhanath Stupa
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.72111   85.36194
    Recording TimeCode
  • 1:15 - 25:20
    Geography
  • Nepal
    Locality
  • Kathmandu; Airport
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.69611   85.35917
    Recording TimeCode
  • 26:20 - 32:36
    Geography
  • Nepal
    Locality
  • Lukla
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.69917   86.73333
    Recording TimeCode
  • 32:39 - 1:03:56
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
    Microphones
    Accessories
    Equipment Note
  • Stereo=1; Stereo

NPR/NGS
RADIO EXPEDITIONS
Show: David Breashears - Everest
Log of DAT #: 1
Engineer: Breashears
Date: 4/10/01

ng = not good
ok = okay
g = good
vg = very good

David Breashears slate of Dat #1 in Kathmandu

00:17 - 1:02 DB: Kathmandu. April 10, Stereo, both channels set at the same level.
At Bodenhat Stupa, 5:30 pm
Ambient sound of pilgrims and local Buddhists circumambulating the magnificent shrine.

1:15 - 5:50 Ambience around stupa
Chatting, walking by, scooter, prayer wheel, bells,
4:00 - 5:00 FX Prayer wheel + walking around

DB Slate 6:10 - 7:10 Standing still and letting people go by me
7:32 - Ambi again - people going by, flute, prayer wheel, chanting
*8:24 - 8:50 Ambi: Chanting, flute, prayer wheel, bells, prayer wheel again
Slate:Walking around the temple once again
*8:57 - : Ambi - same - [brighter]
*11:42 - 12:10 Monk sitting on tiles spinning his prayer wheel.
*12: 29 - 13:26 Closer of monk spinning his prayer wheel

13:48 - 14:46 Pass bys of monk on the path

15:25 - 18:16 General ambi of people passing by - no distinctive FX
17:24 - 17:30 FX bells

*18:30 - 19:32 FX:Prayer wheels - up close
*19:33 - 19:48 FX: Prayer wheels + flute
*20:30 - 22:05 FX Bells [Bells that people who are circumambulating ring in a little nook at the base]
22:30 - 22:49 Prayer wheels - close but talking
DB: Slate: Ambi from third tier of the stupa - 50 feet above the circumambulators
23:42 - 25:10 Ambi from 50 feet up
End of Bodenauth on April 8th Popping sound is of little kids tapping mic
26:24 - It's April 11. In a twin otter on the runway in Kathmandu at 7 am, getting ready to take off for Lukkla, the gateway to Everest in the Kumbu region of Nepal. Recording in stereo

27:02 - FX - Takeoff [G]
27:16 - FX - Fly away
31:17 Slate end of twin otter flight on the way to Luccla
Ambi: Coming in for the landing [NG]
32:14 FX - Landing [G]
32:46 - 33:43 FX: Prayer flag flapping in the wind.
34:55 - 35:10; 35:29 - 36:30 FX - Prayer flag + wind
*38:40 - 39:56 + 40:45 - 41:08 FX: Prayer flags without trekkers [background
distant river]

41:08 - 41:58
DB: It's really one of the sounds of the Himalayas for me. These prayer flags are on wooden poles about 25-30 feet high. The prayer flags are strung vertically in one long sheet from the top to the bottom and about three feet wide, and it's a beautiful rippling and flapping site that they make as you approach them from far away.
These are prayer flags on poles [not on strings]

[low recording: I see a friend of mine coming on the trail coming across friends I haven't seen 3-4-10 years. It's absolutely wonderful to be traversing the trail.
Changba. He was our cook for the Everest Imax expedition in 1996. Been on 10-15 expeditions together.

43:41 - @46:00
"Hello Changba. I haven't seen you for a couple of years¿.
Two years ago I tried¿..
I going to Lukla. ¿one week ago
Nice to see you. I am coming again maybe this summer back to New Hampshire.
I need your address.
You came to America, you didn't call me.
Plus more about cooking ¿..

47:17 - 49:40 Ambi - David walking above the river
Make comments on meeting Changba

[Different mic - not omni]
49:20 - 51:10
That's so wonderful to have seen Changba. One of my closest friends in Nepal. Haven't seen him in a couple of years. We've been together on maybe 10 or 12 expeditions to Everest, to Tibet. Was a big part of the Everest IMAX expedition.
I made several trips to Nepal without an expedition¿.and he was the cook during those shooting trips.
I am so pleased to have met my good friend Changba on the trail He's a wonderful man. He's generally our cook, our head cook¿..[mic handling] Change mics.

FX - Walking
[New mic or just made adjustments]
53:22
* So wonderful just seeing Changba on the trail. Seeing friends like that is one of the reasons I have decided to come back to the Kumbu and to Everest five years after the Everest IMAX filming expedition. Changba and I have been together on 10 or 15 treks and expeditions to the Himalayas, Everest, Tibet. [53:59]

FX - Walking
54:54:32 Absolutely wonderful seeing Changba on the trail. He's one of my very best friends in Nepal. We've together on over 10 expeditions to the Himalayas. He's always been the head cook, and he was with us on Everest in 1996 for our filming expedition. Changba is a Tomong, not a Sherpa. He's from the lower hills of Nepal, but he is a Buddhist, and he is the only Tomong living in the very Sherpa village of Kumjung, and that's where I'll be tomorrow. Everyone who meets Changba loves him. Small man, thin, about 45, 46, maybe 50, doesn't know when he was born. Has three children¿¿ and everybody who meets him just loves him. On my expeditons, he's always fulfilled the role of not just head cook but court jester. He's always laughing, singing, sometimes dancing, telling jokes. Such value in having someone like that along on an Everest expedition. It's easy to get too serious, easy to forget how to laugh and to enjoy oneself. And in some of my most difficult moments on that mountain, I've walked into base camp and into his kitchen tent and seen that wonderful big grin, that smile, a big hug and just felt a whole lot better about everything¿¿very humble, no interest in climbing¿¿¿57:14
[laughter with people along the trail.]
[4 Sherpanis sitting on a bench in the sun outside of tea shop. Laughter.]
[Wind] [Dog barking]
People were highly amused by my act here on the trail Very clear evidence of that. Sherpanis often find things amusing. Wonderful laugh and sense of humor.

Walking
59:27 - 1:00:42
Everybody who knows Changba knows and adores Changba. Very humble, and a very kind man. Not just head cook, fulfills role of court jester. Always laughing, smiling, joking and even dancing n the kitchen tent which is really the center of life, and I can't tell you how much it has meant to me to walk into a tent when I've been having a difficult time on the mountain especially as we did in 1996, and come down off the mountain and see the camp sitting quarter mile away, knowing in a few mintues I would walk into the kitchen tent and there would be Changba with his big grin and easy laugh and a big hug, and everything would seem a whole lot better than it had a few moments earlier

Walking

1:01:06 Changba is a Tomong, not a Sherpa, from the lower hills of Nepal, but he does live up in the Kumbu in the village of Kumjing where I'll be headed tomorrow. In fact, he's one of the few non-Sherpa landowners in the area, and that's because he was married to a Sherpani, a female Sherpa, and they had 3 children together, but sadly four years ago when he was away on expedition she died, so he's been working on expeditons and treks and earning money to look after those kids and put them through school. Travels to New Hampshire every summer. Paid to cook [1:02:16]

Busy. Heard that it had become much more busy. Still surprised at volume of traffic.

1:04:01 END

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