Gear advantages….

Scott loves shooting with the “dougmon” hand-held shooting system. It takes significant strain off his shoulder and back as well as stabilizing the shot for hand-held shooting.

The crew has made it to Pheriche at 4200m/14000 feet. We are taking a day to acclimate here. Tomorrow the plan is to head 700m/approx 2400ft to Lobuche. That will be a big hike so it is important to have the rest day today. Everyone is in good spirits and going well. The images are looking good and Scott is managing to hit the shot list! He’s also trying a new supplement and is feeling as good as he has ever felt in his 3 trips up here. Charging!

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Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar April 7

Scott has been shooting constantly since arriving at Lukla by plane. The fact that he is shooting for two projects – Glacier Works and Karina’s series, means that he is kept busy. Fortunately support is excellent from the Sherpas – Pemba, Mingma and Phula.
We have arrived at the surprising hillside village of Namche Bazaar. At 3400 meters/11200 feet, it’s customary to spend two days here acclimating before heading up the valley. It’s a colorful place situated high on the ridge on a series of terraces.
Locals arrive from all around for Saturday’s market. Scott captured some shots of this as well as hiking up above the town to get a view of Ama Dablam and a distant view of Everest with it’s cloud plume streaming. By mid May we hope that this jet stream will back off allowing the crowds to ascend Mt Everest in the brief weather window.
Photos – Scott and Karina with mountaineering historian Elizabeth Hawley. Ms Hawley is the recognized expert on Nepal Himalayan mountain history over the past 50 years.
Obie and Scott braving the traffic outside the Boudhanath Stupa.
Scott at the Lukla runway

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Arrival in Nepal

Within 18 hours of arrival, Scott flew to Lukla to help with aerial mapping of glaciers for David Breshears’ Glacier Works project. project David Breshears is a notable US film maker who specializes in mountain filming. Scott worked on this ongoing project last October in the Langtang Valley. Shooting from a B3 helicopter piloted by an Australian, they used a Tyler Bib Mount with an 8 camera Canon 5d array. Day one, they shot at 22000 feet around the stunning AMA Dablam with it’s etched buttresses and sharply defined snow runnels on the upper flanks. With limited time, the guys then flew toward Everest and into the Western Cwm on the mountain’s south side. This deep valley currently lies silent and empty awaiting the hordes of Everest climbers who will arrive in a couple of weeks. Stopping to shoot at Gorak Shep at 18000 feet, the view of the Khumbu icefall dominates the scene. The machine was having some vibration problems so Scott and David returned to Kathmandu by helo. Scott’s description of viewing Kathmandu from the air is fascinating – the clustered mass of dusty humanity squeezed into the otherwise lush Kathmandu valley.