Base Camp

Base Camp

40 Days on Everest

Book - 2014
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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, the author immersed herself in the challenging and captivating world of base camp on Mt. Everest. Whelan shares gripping stories of Maoist rebels, avalanches and dead bodies surfacing out of a dying glacier. 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. Woven into the stories 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. Dianne Whelan is a Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist. In April 2010, Whelan traveled to Mount Everest Base Camp to direct and shoot her documentary film 40 Days At Base Camp."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia: Caitlin Press, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781927575437
Characteristics: 223 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Jul 16, 2014

An interesting read, although it feels more like a collection of notes thrown together from another project then a stand alone book. I got the impression that she was very much an outsider during her time at base camp, and her observations seemed to reflect her general lack of climbing knowledge. Most of her time was spent in her tent complaining about how tired she was, and I found it frustrating that she didn't make an effort to speak to more people during her 40 days at the camp.

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