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Commentary; David Breashears commentary; Mt. Everest  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
14 Apr 2001

    Geography
  • Nepal
    Locality
  • Tengboche
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 27.83528   86.76389
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  • 48kHz
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  • Stereo=1; Dual-Channel Mono; Stereo

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RADIO EXPEDITIONS
Show: Breashears -- Everest
Log of DAT #: 4A
Engineer: Breashears
Date: April 14th

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

April 14th

2:05 It's a little bit unfamiliar with all this snow on the ground, but, oh there it is I see it back in this cluster of rhododendron bushes. Get through here. It's a beautiful place for these memorials. You can find it because there are dozens of prayer flags over the site, gently swaying in the wind, some are still v brightly colored.. .(names colors). . .2:55 the largest memorial and the one that's been here the longest and the one that used to stand alone. I'm in front of it now. Says Johnny Breitenbach, 1935-1963, long live the Crow, American Mt. Everest expedition. John, or Jake as they called him was climbing in the ice fall in only 35 foot wall of ice collapsed without warning crushing him to death instantly. They never found his body, well they never did that year.. .

. . .remains placed in this stone structure - 4x4~4. Over here to the right are two more of Breitenbach 's companions... photographer of the National Geographic Society he died a few years ago Next to Barry's memorial is one quite similar in size and shape 3x3x3 carved stone plaque. Lute Jerstad. Reached the summit with Barry. get through here. It's a beautiful place for these memorials you can find it because there are dozens

BEST ONE (recounts Barry and Lute spending night in open air)

10:30 I find it especially poignant to be standing here in front of the memorial of Barry Bishop and Lute Jerstad. Their monuments abut one another and it reminds me of them sitting shoulder to shoulder huddled against the cold on the night they survived the world's highest bivouac at 28,000 feet, high on the SE ridge of Everest. They'd reached the summit in the late afternoon and had failed to reach their high camp before being overtaken by darkness and fatigue. So they sat down to spend a night in the open without sleeping bag or tent. They survived that night for only one reason, Everest was kind to them, there was no wind. 11:42

13:04 Finished.

13:17 Somehow standing here I feel a kinship with these three men maybe because they're Americans, maybe because we have that shared exp. of feeling drawn to
Everest. But I've never been able to walk past this monastery without wandering out this ridge and spending a few minutes here showing respect and in a way -- feeling very close to three men I didn't even really know them. The only thing we really have in common is that mountain and maybe all mountains. But that Mt 11 miles over my shoulder, I wouldn't really mind ending up here myself. I don't think I belong in the company of these three maybe further down the ridge, maybe in a different spot but most certainly with a view of Everest and of Om____ , my first mountain in the Himalayas. 14:57 (goes on talking about how well maintained the memorial is.)

Explains that his idea for this visit to the memorial is that for Barry and Lute the night they spent outside their high camp and in the freezing weather contrasts with the Everest expedition in which 8 people died.

17:38 Rob and Andy and the others perished because Everest wasn't so kind and there was a raging unrelenting wind that night when 8 people died, so that's Everest. Diff moods, diff weather, a forgiving place at times, an utterly unforgiving place, a place where you can't make a mistake, a place where you can sometimes make a mistake and live to tell about it.

Ceremony that always takes place on the way to Everest Base Camp

18:36 VG Monks chant

19:11 changing position, still monks chanting VG ... sound of something being moved @20:45 -- 20:52

22: 11 instrument sounds, horns, VVG

23:40 chanting w drums (sound goes out for second @23:55)

23:59 back - VG sound more chanting w drums ...

26:27 Horns back.. .w/ drums.. .into chant

27:29 Horns again. 28:40 more chanting w drums

31:35 Chanting continues, one voice in foreground.

Horns. ..chanting more drums. ..to 38:39

We walk through the same doors that Hillary and Tenzing walked through the doors, during the Imax Expedition we walked through the same doors... those monks ago are old men now but 43 years ago they were young acolytes.

1st TRY
The monks are seated in two rows about ten feet apart, sitting cross-legged w instruments in front of them. first they chant and then play their instruments.. .

Half way we were brought an interesting concoction called yak butter tea important that we take three sips, every time difficult to consume mixture of bitter green tea, rancid yak butter and salt placed in to an urn.. .(forgot what it's called). It's prepared in something similar to a butter urn called a dongmu. . .

I'll never forget my first few sips I still haven't developed an appetite for it.

For a moment you are transported to a different place and it seems a diff time and then you walk through the doors into the bright Himalayan sun and the glistening snow.

Trying to get tea sounds

(Making of Yak butter) G
Sound of Dongmu being churned in kitchen of the monastery.

Sipping sounds
Sips of tea.. .

Purpose of the ceremony is that we will be granted good luck, good health, and success while on the mountain.

At the end of the ceremony we approach the Rinpoche and bow with hands clasped in front of us, he places a long silk scarf called a katta, around our shoulders red string sungdi to be worn around the neck to grant us safe passage and good luck

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