Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest

Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest

by Dianne Whelan


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Each spring, over eight hundred climbers attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. The conditions are challenging, and without warning can become life-threatening. Some make it to the top of what is considered the world's most majestic mountain, but others are not so lucky, and in the attempt to reach the elusive summit, many more have tragically lost their lives. Not all are recovered, their bodies left to the mountain. In the spring of 2010, 18,000 feet above sea level, documentaryfilmmaker Dianne Whelan immersed herself in the challenging and captivating world of base camp on Mt. Everest. In this personal and eye-opening exposé, BASE CAMP: 40 DAYS ON EVEREST, Whelan shares gripping stories of Maoist rebels, avalanches and dead bodies surfacing out of a dying glacier. From her perspective at base camp Whelan interviews climbers, doctors and Sherpas all living for months on end in the belly of the mountain as they wait for a weather window to summit the top of the world.Woven into the personal stories of these climbers is the devastating truth of the human impact on the mountain and the eerie and unforeseen effects of climate change. Experts believe there are over 250 bodies buried on the path from base camp to the peak of Mt. Everest. With the glacier melting and moving at over four inches a day, the toll of the human desire to conquer the mountain is slowly and irreversibly surfacing at base camp.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927575437
Publisher: Caitlin Press Inc.
Publication date: 03/30/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dianne Whelan is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist. In April 2010, Whelan traveled to Nepal and Mount Everest Base Camp to direct and shoot her award-winning documentary film 40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP. Whelan's first book, THIS VANISHING LAND (Caitlin Press), recalls her experience as an embedded media person on a historical sovereignty patrol in the Canadian High Arctic. Her National Film Board documentary, THIS LAND, is based on the same journey. Whelan is currently working on her next film and book project, called THE STORY OF WHITE RAVEN, which weaves the indigenous legend of the white animals into the current war on nature.

Table of Contents

Map 10

Introduction 11

Kathmandu 13

Asian Trekking 16

Ani Choying 19

Dinner with Meagan 22

Lukla 24

The Hike 28

Final Push to Base Camp 34

Base Camp 40

Meagan's Story 47

The Puja 51

Logistics 55

The Himalayan Rescue Tent 60

Equipment 65

The Canadians 71

Bodily Functions 79

The Colombians 84

Snowfall 92

High-Altitude Medicine 98

Maoist Rebels 106

Understanding Risk 113

Picnic at a Plane Crash 117

The Darkness and the Light 123

Surfacing 145

Endurance Tests 150

Trash for Cash 154

Domestic Bliss 158

Summit Push 163

Base Camp Casino 168

Nelson Victorious 173

Pain Is Weakness Leaving 176

Million-Dollar Questions 184

The Unequal Mountain 190

Decisions 196

Lessons in Humility 202

The Descent 210

Afterword 220

Thank You 221

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Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KristyMcCaffrey More than 1 year ago
Ms. Whelan spent almost forty days at Mt. Everest base camp while filming a documentary about the state of the mountain in 2010. This book is a behind-the-scenes of her experience. While there are many negatives to focus upon--the trash and general over-commercialization of climbing expeditions--the soft glow of the sacred reaches her yet. It's a wonderful and thoughtful read. Watch the accompanying film (available on iTunes) for a well-rounded Everest journey.