Everest Base Camp Foot Trek - 1977
Back in 1977, between 13 February to 10 March, I went on a 25 day Everest Base Camp foot trek.
This is a short record of that adventure.
I was with 9 other trekkers, 4 Sherpa's, and we started out with 22 porters to carry our gear.
My fellow trekkers were:
Chris Sheehan from Tassie
Dorothy Lauterstein from the USA
Rosemary Winks from NZ
Annie Jones from Victoria
Linda & Graham Lee from Victoria
Bob Guinano from France
Ralph Tierney from NZ (group leader)
Greg Hutchinson from Australia
The route was the classic mountaineers walk in to Everest Base Camp. We followed in the footsteps of Hunt, Tenzing & Hillary, of course our aim was much more humble.
To start we took a truck from Kathmandu, 50 miles along the Chinese Road to Lamosangu.
Then each day we walked for 5 - 6 hours, the total distance of the trek was around 150 miles, I seem to remember we ascended/descended over 50,000’. My weight loss was over 20 lbs.
In 1977 the only information we had was the new Lonely Planet book, “Trekking in the Himalayas” and a basic trail map of the trek area. There was none of todays hi-tech hiking gear, just a pair of boots and a down jacket. If you have the time look up some of the locations on flickr.com and see how much has changed, there are even toilets along the track now!
The photos were all taken with my Minolta SRT-101 35mm SLR camera. Lenses were; Minolta f1.8 50mm, Elicar f2.8 28mm and a 75-200mm zoom, can’t remember the make.
Film was Agfa 100ASA slide film, slightly grainy and a bit ‘brown’. The zoom overexposed most shots by 1-1 1/2 stops which I didn’t discover until the film was processed in London 4 months later.
Note: All distances are in imperial measurements, I hadn’t metricated myself back then.
Before I left home I looked like this...
At the end of the trek I looked like this.
(I’m the taller one in the middle!)
Below is a 15 min Quicktime slide show of the photos I took along the trail. Remember it was 1977, no portable video cameras or digital cameras, just good old fashioned slide film.