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Commentary; David Breashears commentary; Mt. Everest  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
11 Apr 2001

    Geography
  • Nepal
    Locality
  • Khumbu region
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.78389   86.74944
    Recording TimeCode
  • 1:15 - 32:36
    Geography
  • Nepal
    Locality
  • Khumbu region
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.78389   86.74944
    Recording TimeCode
  • 8:22 - 27:00
    Geography
  • Nepal
    Locality
  • Khumbu region
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.78389   86.74944
    Recording TimeCode
  • 27:03 - 30:34
    Geography
  • Nepal
    Locality
  • Tengboche
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.83528   86.76389
    Recording TimeCode
  • 32:37 - 1:07:03
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  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
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  • Stereo=1; Dual-Channel Mono; Stereo

NPR/NGS RADIO EXPEDITIONS
Show: Breashears - Everest
Log of DAT #: 3
Engineer: Breashears
Date: 4/11/2001

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

April 11th in Khumbu region of Nepal

Breashears walking along and talking.

1:15 I wasn't actually a member of the Om team. I wasn't actually invited to join, but I found it utterly unbearable that my closest friends, mountain climbers and filmmakers were going without me. Just getting involved in filming. So I started campaign to get myself invited, mostly begging and pleading. I must have been such a nuisance -- in fact that was my strategy. And they had an answer to all my pleas mostly that it was too expensive but I had a little money saved up and so I said, okay if its too expensive, I'll make my own way. So 22 years ago I found myself on this trail paying to work for someone else. And I loved every minute of it. Because I was in the Himalayas.. .I would get to go to a place that had just been pages in a book.

5:00 I was young 23.. .I was sort of a western Sherpa, I carried loads.. .I felt it was such an honor.. .always being there at the ready.. . We did get to the top in late April we came down in the dark, none of us had a headlamp. And that was my first experience in the Himalayas and it will always carry with it a tremendous importance because if I hadn't refused to give up, I really have no idea what course my life would have taken. I came away from that experience felling that I was very comfortable in high elevations, my body adapted well, I wasn't afraid of going into thin air. The company of the Sherpas, I enjoyed their culture

Nice part where he describes components of the expedition:
7:28 I enjoyed the entire process of an expedition: organization. . .to hiring of the porters and the yaks. . . the carrying of loads to different camps. . .the sense of relief at getting back down safely and getting back down to thick air. . . and there's a wonderful rhythm and cycle to an expedition 8:34 VG

8:36 dishes and sound of clapping

9:02 inside a Sherpa lodge at lunch, sounds of setting dishes, voice murmurs in background, as if reciting something, more voices pouring beverage, stirring.

11: 11 sound of water more dishes
Phone call
11:30 people in lodge.. .need telephone going off ...(talks about how phone) 12:17 phone ringing (phone is big change) hello, talking .... 13:14 rings again 13:29 speaking into phone. 13:39 phone, answering again.. .14:18

14:23 Yak train going by (not stereo mic.) whistling, bells soft drums, VG, yelling to 1553

16:17 People laughing at him and his mic 1733

17:46 - 18:42 VG
Music Yak train approaching and leaving

Meets old friends (They know him by the name "Daby") woman and two girls

Distant "Daby, Daby"

18:55 - talking to kids, how many years.. .I have two girls.. .

21:04 Where is your husband?. . .

--He's a teacher...

She was 5 years old when I first met her.. .now she's like 25 years old and she has two lovely daughters, every once and a while a bit of my history of having been coming here for years comes up on the trail and it's really lovely.. .

24:21 (child greeting from trail.. .) Hello David! Namaste...

Her name is Sokufute(?) She runs a tea shop.

Now going to next village.. .saying goodbye.. .

3 year old daughter yelling "goodbye"

27:06 Seems that every time I seem to question the value of this trip and ask myself what I'm doing here, I have a wonderful moment.. I think there is something poetic about meeting her with headphones on my head and this mic in my hand.. .talks about knowing girl as she was growing up.

29:05 In a few minutes I'll be crossing one of the larger suspended foot bridges in the Khumbu region, then steep hill up to monastery and spend the night there. The monks there have been kind enough to bless a dozen or so expeditions. Try walking across with omni mic. Walking across bridge. 31:35

31:45 prayer wheel housed in small stone building 6 by 6 feet being turned by small stream... squeaking sound VG.

32:41 snowed below monastery, staring out across monastery .. . helicopter.. .could only be a rescue. Passes 33:39. That's the Green army ___ B2 helicopter. On way to base camp. Same used to rescue Beck from above the ice fall in 1996. That's the same helicopter. . . 35:11

Helicopter going out now ... Actually looks like its going to land here at Tengboche... 36:40 don't think the pilot liked the landing strip ... 37:04

Use helicopter symbolic of the fact that there are a lot of people here and not always quiet, people get sick up here... monastery

37:15 inside lodge, TV.. .

It's very peaceful here maybe the helicopter can contrast that.

--38:44 Still morning in Khumbu Monastery. Trekkers leaving on one side. Crows.

40:50 Another helicopter passes to - 41:53 explains about helicopter use in this area.

42:52 foot steps in 3 in inches of snow. Used for approach to small memorial at end of ridge.

43:26 walking in snow. (45:35)

At the memorials of team members from the 1963 American Everest expedition. One died during actual expedition. Two died a few years ago and some of their cremated remains were brought here.

45:44 Memorials on ridge. . . whispering: It's early in the morning at Tengboche Monastery. . . beautiful place and beautiful morning. . . there's a few clouds wrapping themselves around. . . bright Himalayan sunshine. Secluded place. . . not many people know about this place, it's a little bit different in the snow. I'm walking on the ridge past the monastery. . . secluded place, whenever pass this way. Side of ridge memorial to 1963 Everest expedition. Prayer flags.

49:48 This memorial is for John E. Breitenbach 1935-1963 It says long live the Crow.
He was one of the youngest. One the second day a 35 foot tower of ice collapse and crushed him, didn't find his body.. . (helicopter) Jake as they called him was one of the youngest he was climbing in to the ice fall ... and a 35 foot ice fall collapsed onto him, many years later the ice fall gave up his remains. 52:12 A few feet to the right a memorial to Barry Bishop. . . photographer reached the summit. Died in automobile accident, cremated and brought ashes here.

53:23 Lute Jerstad reached the summit. . died a few years ago died of heart attack within view of Mt Everest. Can see summit from here. Closer to right is Monastery.

I believe Lute was cremated and another stone structure about 3 1/2 feet wide. 2 1/2 feet tall. So here they lie - three men who all came to Mount Everest... Returning from the summit they hadn't been able to reach their high camp. A night when Everest was very forgiving , and they were able to stagger up into the safety of their high camp.

57:00 It's early in the morning at Tengboche, arrived last night, it snowed three inches in the night so all the peaks are coated with this fresh snow. For the most part, beautiful views. Walking out to a ridge beyond the monastery.. .

58:23 It's the site of three memorials to three members of the 1963 expedition

...helicopter again.. .

BEST TAKE: 59:08 head for secluded spot behind the monastery that not that many people know about.. . there it is it's hidden it's hidden back here in a cluster of rhododendron bushes ...(goes on to explain the circumstances of the deaths.)

1:06:57 END

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