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Equipment Notes: Stereo=1; Dual-Channel Mono; Stereo. NPR/NGS RADIO EXPEDITIONS Show: David Breashers: Everest Journey Log of DAT #: 2 Date: April 11, 2001 ng = not good ok = okay g = good vg = very good 02 O:45 It¿s late afternoon and I¿ve stopped for a rest near 10,000 feet near the steep trail that ascends Nange Hill and eventually ending at the base of Mt. Everest. It¿s been a long day and I¿m tired. It normally takes two days of hard walking to get to where I¿m sitting now, but I¿ve done it in one. It seems the excitement of being back in the Himalayas has gotten the better of me, although I can¿t see any of the peaks right now, looking up from the my vantage point I can just see a thin grey cloud that¿s covering the mountains. RETAKE: 1:45 I¿m going to do this in paragraphs with long pauses it¿s all meant to be used for the same purpose. TAKE 2: 2:05 It¿s late afternoon and I¿ve stopped for a rest near 10,000 feet near the steep trail that ascends Nange Hill and eventually ending at the base of Mt. Everest. It¿s been a long day and I¿m tired. It normally takes two days of hard walking to get to where I¿m sitting now, but I¿ve done it in one. It seems the excitement of being back in the Himalayas has gotten the better of me, aww shoot! Try it again. 2:43 It¿s late afternoon and I¿ve stopped for a rest near 10,000 feet near the steep trail that ascends Nange Hill and eventually ending at the base of Mt. Everest. It¿s been a long day and I¿m tired. It normally takes two days of hard walking to get to where I¿m sitting now, but I¿ve done it in one. It seems the excitement of being back in the Himalayas has gotten the better of me, but looking up from my vantage point I can¿t see the high peaks as they¿re obscured by a low grey cloud. My day began at seven am when I climbed aboard a twin otter? airplane heading for the Kumba region of Nepal, the sherpa homeland and the gateway to Everest. In the plane were nine Americans, a Nepalese, A German, an Australian, and a person from New Zealand all on their way to go trekking in the Kumba, and me a trekker on a very different journey. For my airborne companions this will be their first trip. (I¿m worried about these levels, I¿m going to turn this down) 4:03 For my airborne companions this will be their first upclose glimpse at the Himalayan giants. For me, most of the peaks are as familiar as the mountains of Wyoming, where I grew up. I¿ve come here on the fifth anniversary of the 1996 Everest Imax filming expedition, for which I was the leader and the film director. 1996 was the year of the infamous tragedy when 8 peopled perished in early May in a fast moving storm. I want to reacquaint myself with the sight and smells and sounds of this place and understand what was gained and what was lost during those difficult days in May and also to see the familiar faces of old friends along the way. 2 pickups. 5:05 Our flight path was 75 miles due east. From my seat on the left side on the airplane I peered out a small oval shaped window and noted the peaks forming the world¿s highest horizon. Men-loon-say, Gari Shan-kur, Noom-bore, and many others. Beyond the towering Himalayan wall is the plateau of Tibet, desolate and windswept, below is Nepal, forested and green. Gazing down I could see layer upon layer of terraced fields lining the steep valley walls and at times I could even trace the footpath followed by Hillary and Tenzing in 1953 as members of the British Mount Everest expedition. What took them twelve days to traverse on foot, took us 45 minutes by air. 6:00 OK That¿s the end of the first piece I¿m going to try it again Caroline and make some changes: You can see what I¿m hoping to do is to just set up the piece. I¿ve come here, I¿m traveling, I¿m in the mountains, they¿re big, and all sorts of peopl... (Notes truncated)

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