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NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
17 Apr 2001

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NPR/NGS RADIO EXPEDITIONS
Show: Radio Expeditions David Breashears' "Everest Journey"
Log of DAT #5 NPR/NGS #5
Engineer: David Breashers
Date: April 17, 2001

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

:49 April 17th.

1:00 It's a blustery cloudy cold morning at around 14,500 feet and I'm little bit past the village of Parache, and I've reached the end of my journey. At least the uphill part of the trip. I was hoping to get up to just below base camp and see the memorials to Rob Hall and Scott Fisher, but this morning I realized that I've seen their final resting places high on the slopes of Mt. Everest and I've made my peace with them. Before I turn back and head down the trail, backto Katmandu, I wanted to share a few more thoughts with you about what this. journey has meant to me.

2:08 As I get ready to leave I realize I haven't found any new answers nor did I really expect to. I still don't know whether to feel sadness for those friends who will never return. PICKUP

2:30 I still don't know whether to fp~l sadness for those friends who will never return or to be uplifted by the many who endure great hardship in the pursuit of an ideal.
Leaving here, I realize I didn't find any new answers nor did I really expect to. I don't know whether to feel sadness for those individuals who will never return...

3:10 of Nepal and the Sherpa homeland and the gateway to Everest. And here come more people and I'm just going to give up for right now. It's not sounding very good anyway. Try it tomorrow.
07- &%*$@ late ...

08-3:54 For me, Everest will always be a place of great contrasts, a desolate and unforgiving yet richly rewarding place. A place of unbearable cold and suffocating heat, violent winds and eerie calm and of unspeakable beauty. It's a place of PICKUP


4:20 It's a place of where I have experience chess swelling pride and deep shame. Great joy and profound sorrow. Energizing self confidence, and paralyzing self-­doubt. It's a place to witness with brutal clarity the noblest and ugliest aspects of human nature. It's a place where I've had to confront time and again, my own strengths and weaknesses, my mortality and my humanity.

5:09 For me, Everest will always be a place of great contrasts, a desolate and unforgiving yet richly rewarding place. A place of unbearable cold and suffocating heat, violent winds and eerie calm and unspeakable beauty. It's a place of where I have experience chess swelling pride and deep shame, great joy and profound sorrow, energizing self confidence, and paralyzing self-doubt. It's a place where I have witnessed with brutal clarity the noblest and ugliest aspects of human nature.
6:00 PICKUP It's a place where I've had to confront time and again, my strengths and weaknesses, my hopes and fears, my mortality and my humanity.
6:33 So much of life is spend trying to resolve the difference between being the person you want to be and the person you really are. ·Before the· spring of 1996, I could only hope that when faced with a dilemma, of filming the survivors of the 'tragedy and their desperate retreat, while providing what little assistance was possible, that I would, without hesitation choose the latter. As would my Everest IMAX teammates. That one moment is worth more to me than all the summits in the world. ,.
17:15 So much of life is spend trying to resolve the difference between being the person you want to be and the person you really are. Before the spring of 1996, I could only hope, that when faced with a dilemma, of filming the survivors of the tragedy and their desperate retreat, while providing what little assistance was, that I would, without hesitation choose the latter. As would my Everest IMAX teammates. That one moment is worth more to me than all the summits in the world.

8:00 So much of life is spend trying to resolve the difference between being the person you want to be and the person you really are. Before the spring of 1996, I could only hope, that when faced with a dilemma, of filming the survivors of the tragedy and their desperate retreat, while providing what little assistance was possible, that I would, PICKUP 8:32 That I would without hesitation choose the latter. As would my Everest IMAX teammates. That one moment, is worth more to me, than all the summits in the world.

8:59 We're drawn to Everest because it's much more than a mountain. It's an experience we find deeply compelling even if we don't understand it. It's barren
slopes and thin air provide an arena for a great human drama to unfold. Up there, we learn how utterly fragile we air.

9:24 This is just some food being prepared on Lamues house. FX food being prepared 9:43 That's fried rice being prepared at Lamoos. That looks great, Thank you. It's delicious, it's just what I needed.

10:22 Omelet OK? (Unidentified woman) Oh this looks delicious. (cooking sounds and background noise). Sorry a lot of background noise, put the plate down again. Oh this is just what I needed big, plate of fried rice. FX Eating Rice sounds

11:09 That was just my spoon on the plate with the rice.

11:50 Crackling Sounds AMBI blowing sounds (blowing on fire?)

12:45 FX blowing on fire That was Uh-wamu preparing the fire for the rice. ,.
OK this is on the way into Umwamu's house from.the sod in the house into the wooden floor and into her house.

13:13 Ambi walking sounds.

13:36 We go again

13:40 Ambi walking sounds

13:59 OK that's the sound of that. This is Umwamu getting the pan ready, standby. Ok she's going to get ready to cook me rice. .. I

14:15.FX Pan sound. May have been too loud in the start, try again.

14:36 FX Pan Sound

14:49 Scraping and Pan sounds preparing rice.

15:11 OK now this is being poured tea.

15:15 FX being poured tea.

15:38 OK now I'm eating again. This is really good, this is just what I needed, a big pile of fried rice, vegetable fried rice with a fried egg on the top.

16:01 That's very good, I'm very hungry. Nice big plate of fried rice with a fried egg, thank you Umwammu. It's very delicious.

16:19 "Hello Umwammu, how are you."
"Fine David"
"How's everything, how are you?"
"Good, yeah, yeah."
"Where are your children?"
"Katmandu."
Let's try it again.
"Hell Umwammu how are you?"
"Fine, David."
"It's cold up here."
"Yeah"
"Where are all the trekkers? There are no trekkers in your shop."
"No, nobody here, here."
"Where are your children? Are they down at school at Katmandu?"
"Yeah, Katmandu"
Well, I'm hungry. I've been hiking for four hours how about a plate of fried rice?"

17:09 (laughing foreign language) Umm, we're going to try something else. "David you married? You have children?"

17:41 "David you married? You have children?" "David you hungry? Something to eat?" This pause button isn't working right now, damn it!

18:10 "You go erase?" "You go erase?" OK we got all of that, and urn that's very nice thank you.

18:30 The lodge was empty except for me, my porter and Umwammu, so we sat down together for lunch in her kitchen. COUGH

18:43 The lodge was empty except for me, my porter and Umwammu, so we sat down for lunch in her kitchen.

19:00 PICKUP As I sat there sipping tea, she placed wood in the fire and gently began to blow (Ah Jesus)
PICKUP: 19:22 As I sat a small table sipping tea, she stoked the cook fire and then began to prepare a meal of vegetable fried rice. Cough
PICKUP 19:44 As I sat at a small table sipping tea, she stoked the cook fire and then began to prepare my lunch of vegetable fried rice.

19:58 As I sat at a small table sipping tea, she stoked the cook fire PICKUP and then began to prepare my lunch of vegetable fried rice.

20:15 As I sat at a small wooden table sipping tea, she stoked the cook fire and then began to prepare my lunch of vegetable fried rice.

20:43 Just before I sat down she inquired what as to what I was doing in the Kumbu in her village of Farache.

20:55 Just before I sat down she inquired what as to what I was doing in the Kumbu in her village of Farache.

21:07 Just before I PICKUP sat down she inquired what as to what I was doing in the Kumbu, in her village, Farache.
21:20 Thankfully I was able to answer no, I'm not on my way to Mt. Everest. I'm going to start that all again.

21:46 Shortly before PICKUP Shortly before I sat down she asked me what I was doing in the Kumbu in her village of Farache.
This is where she'll say David go Everest, OK Caroline?

22:07 For the first time, since I passed through this village in 1983, I was able to tell her no, I'm not going to climb Mt. Everest.

22:25 the first time in 18 years, I was able to tell her no, I'm not on my way to climb Mt. Everest.

22:40 Halfway through the meal, she asked me two other questions, that she's been asking me since 1983. David have children? David have wife?

22:54 Halfway through the meal, she asked me two other questions, that she's been asking me since 1983.

23:08 Halfway through the meal, she asked me the two other questions, that she's been asking me since

1983. Again my answers were no and no.
Again my answer was no. It's a tradition that when you're in the home of a Sherpa you're couple is continually refilled with tea.
It's a tradition in the Kumba region, that you're cup is continually refilled with tea. After my fifth cup of tea, I was ready to continue heading up the trail.

24:10 It's a tradition in the Kumbu that you're teacup is refilled as rapidly as you empty it. Thankfully, this time I was drinking Sherpa tea, a sweet mixture of tea, milk, and sugar, with an emphasis on sugar, instead of the yak butter tea I 'd had in the monastery. After 5 cups of tea, I was ready to head up the trail.

24:39 It's a tradition in the Kumbu that you're teacup is refilled as rapidly as you empty it. Thankfully, this time I was drinking Sherpa tea, a sweet mixture of tea, milk, and sugar, with an emphasis on sugar, instead of the yak butter tea I 'd had in the monastery at Tang-bo-che. After 5 cups of tea, I was ready to head up the trail.

25:12 After five cups of tea, I was ready to get moving and head up off the trail. After five cups of tea, I was ready to get moving and head off up the trail.
So I said my good-byes to Unglamu, not quite sure when I'd see her again.

25:36 So I said my good-byes to Unglamu, not quite sure when I'd be seeing her again.
OK, in my commentary, I mentioned sitting down at a small wooden table so I'm going to get the sound of a chair being moved.

FX Chair being moved 25:57-26:30
OK got that.

27:40 Test one two three OK Umwammu, good to see you, see you next time. Walking ambi.

28:13 I'm walking through the village of Peracbe at around 14,000 feet. It's the last large settlement before Everest base camp, which is two days away. Where you fit one long hard day. It was snowing a few minutes ago, and now its stopped but there is a stiff wind blowing. I'm going to stop into the lodge of Umlamnew. Her bouse is the last lodge on the right.

I first met Umwammu 18 years ago on my way to Mt. Everest in 1983. She ran probably what was then the world's highest kitchen and sleeping quarters. All it was was a very crude stone hut with a. blue tarp over the top. And the yak herding pasture called Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep's is at 17,000 feet and for the most of the year it's a very inhospitable place. Umlanu was just a young women then, And that was always part of Everest experience to stop in at Gorak Shep for a meal, a cup of tea or a cup of chong which is fermented rice wine. (breathing)
I think it's way to windy, I think it's way to loud here on the level. I'm going to try it again.

30: 13 I'm walking through the village of Perache at 14,000 feet. It's the last large settlement before Everest base camp. Its two days from here to base camp. It's a windy desolate place and a few minutes ago it was snowing but now the sun's come out. I'm hoping to visit my friend Umlamu Asherpani who I first met in 1983 on my first trip through here to Mt. Everest. Umlanu ran what must have been at the time the world's highest food and lodging service. 31:17 PICKUP It was nothing more than a crude stone shelter with a blue tarp over the top at a place called Gorak Shep at 17,000 feet quite an inhospitable place and about 5 hours from Everest base camp. It was always a delight and a pleasure to walk into her hut or lodge and be served a cup of tea, a plate of rice or a glass of chong which is a Sherpa alcoholic beverage, kind of fermented rice wine. PICKUP 32:11 Or to be served a glass of chong the traditional Sherpa drink, fermented rice wine.

32:36 OK we're going to do some Sherpa song's here.

32:40 FX Sherpa Song ****THIS PART IS COOL****** (sounds as if they are dancing too ...someone is laughing while singing and there is a young voice in there).

33:45 That was a sherpa song? Yes, OK we'll do that again, but now let's try a Nepalese song.

33:48 Nepalese Song ***good too*** OK we're going to try it again.

34:50 Nepalese Song take 2 .... One kid is laughing...

35:15 Nepalese Song take 3 ... 35:27 ***Better*** no laughing in version. OK guys hold on

36:20 More singing in Nepalese 48136:43 ****More singing****

37:21 Nepalese talking ...

37:43 Nepalese slower song and speaking. 38:10 Take two of slow song.

38:50 Well down very well done

38:55 Last one very last one: More singing of the slow song.

39:39 Wonderful thank you. Same song?

39:48 First song Retake

40:50 OK we're doing some yaks have been sick for a day, so I don't know. Some trekker is very sick in the lodge so I don't know. I'm going to try to get some yaks here with the herders.

41:12 FX Yaks with herders (bells and guy yelling stuff in the background ¿

42:30 man's shouting is louder, sounds like commands he shouting at the yaks.)
I'm going to finish this with the stereo mic and then try with the omni it a minute. Are you ready, you can wait, Oh I see I forgot to turn it. Let's up now ah,

43:30 AMBI More yak herders and their yaks. Shouting and sounds of bells.
44:45 This is with \he OMNI Longer shouts from the man at the yak sounds more like chanting.

45:22 Sorry I'm running through bushes.

45:32 OK here we go again I had some static and some news from the cords I had some bad cords AMBI more yak herders and yak bells ... chanting

48:20 OK that really wasn't what I wanted I couldn't find the right yak herders who have an excellent.

48:30 These are birds and crows you'll hear a faint sound of a river in the background.

49:13 There was a nice bird singing beautifully. 49:27 FX bird one high pitched another low pitched¿

50:07 Turn up the level a little I don't want... FX ***birds singing with river in background****

51:15 And those birds were very nice and when we stopped they did just what we wanted them to so enough of that.

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