Expedition Reports

A Fragile Land
The High Peaks of the Khumbu Himalaya from near Junbesi.

A Fragile Land

“Many people come looking, looking, taking pictures. Too many people - no good. Some people come and see - good.” These words were related to me in 1979 at his home in Deboche village in the Khumbu region of Nepal by Dawa Tensing Sherpa, one of the very first Nepalese Sherpas to be employed by the pre-war British Expeditions to…

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East of Everest – Towards Makalu
Makalu from Base Camp

East of Everest – Towards Makalu

THE FINAL OBJECTIVE was almost in sight. I took a momentary glance back down towards the rubble of the lower Barun Glacier and then pressed on towards the small col above. I struggled for every breath, cursing my clumsy body for not keeping pace with my mental impatience. Slowly the ground ahead levelled out and then, from behind a ridge,…

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Kangchenjunga – Five Treasures Revealed
Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga – Five Treasures Revealed

THE KINGDOM OF NEPAL formally opened its borders to the outside world in 1949, but for political, cultural and economic reasons it continued to restrict access to several important areas including that around Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain. In 1988 the authorities finally conceded to mounting pressure and allowed trekking groups to visit the area. Their decision was significant…

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Everest Khumbu Panorama
Everest Khumbu Panorama

Everest Khumbu Panorama

I have always been fascinated by the The Himalaya - a land of secret and sacred summits bathed in mystique and religious devotion. When I first took up mountaineering photography I literally bought any publication that I could find that contained images of these mountains along with information on travel throughout the region. The urge to visit The Himalaya, and…

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