I’ve placed several more base camp photo groups in the gallery. These ones will take you right up and into the Nepalese Base Camp. I was extremely lucky to have this opportunity as it is not common to have expeditions in camp during this time, nor is it common for trekkers to be allowed into such expeditions should they be present. However, it was still pre-trekking season (which officially begins on October 1st of each year) and this expedition was particularly special and particularly well-funded. 2007 was the King of Thailand’s 80th birthday and in an effort to commemorate this occasion, Thailand was mounting their first ever expedition to put a Thai national on the top of Everest. Apparently the climb was being documented as part of a Thai reality TV program (I was interviewed by the Thai network broadcasting from the base-camp. Nothing spectacular – I was just asked to say a few words of encouragement to the team and to Thailand.
Not only were we permitted to enter the camp, but we also had coffee, tea, biscuits and snickers forced down us in the mess tent. Again, I was a bit star-struck by all of the climbing power present at this camp and didn’t have that many unique questions for the climbing Sherpas. I exchanged emails with a Thai climber who informed me that there were 12 of them (each with 2 Sherpas) and that they were hoping to summit within the next few weeks. He promised a summit photo. I received an email from him in January 2008.
Hello Bryan Crosby.
We comeback to Thailand after no summit Everest because Weather not good.We go on Everest to 8000 m.Weather forcast is -50 c and wind 110 km/h. It not good Ohhh….I have picture you and girlfriend too. I’m send to you after day.
Good Luck Too.
Carina and I were somewhat of an enigma to most locals and probably pretty much everyone. We met one another in Lhasa through a mutual friend and had been travelled together through Tibet and into Nepal. In addition to Everest, we also trekked the Annapurna Sanctuary. Most locals thought were were either married or at the least a couple but you could sense their confusion regarding our interaction which didn’t exactly suggest a romantic relationship (we always paid seperate, for example).
“Who the hell are these two? They must be a couple…but they sure don’t act like it….”
Despite large numbers of tourists, Nepal appears to remain rather traditional regarding male-female relations. The guys seem to hang out with guys and the ladies with other ladies. Platonic relationships are most likely rare.
I don’t want to come off as arrogant…but then next batch of Everest photos will blow you socks off ;-)