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Anyone been to Everest base camp?


paulstefan 10 509 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 11:48AM
Hiya,
I am rather fortunate to be heading off for a 3 week trek to Everest base camp in 4 weeks time. Grin

I was wondering if anyone on here had been and if they could offer any pearls of wisdom on what photographic kit to take. E.g. solar batter charger? Or is there a walking pole that can double as a monopod?! Anything that I might not think if?

Any advice, experience etc very much appreciated.

Cheers, Paul

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loweskid 13 2.0k 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 12:00PM
Can't help with the basecamp but..

Quote:Or is there a walking pole that can double as a monopod


I can recommend the Gitzo Monotrek

a bit pricey but it's sturdy and will extend longer than most trekking poles, which I've found useful for river crossings.
csurry 13 9.2k 92
7 Sep 2007 12:03PM
Nah, but I overheard Chris Bonington discussing it with another climber at breakfast in a hotel the other morning - does this count?
paulstefan 10 509 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 12:11PM
Thanks Vincent. I'll take a look.

Name dropper, Cheryl.
Wink
loweskid 13 2.0k 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 12:34PM
Actually, it would probably help if you told us what sort of kit you have already. Film or digital, SLR or 'point 'n shoot' etc.
paulstefan 10 509 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 12:36PM
I'll be taking the 5D
ahollowa Plus
11 1.1k England
7 Sep 2007 1:05PM
I'm jealous!!

Not been in that situation so can't give direct advise. Every time I read about people in cold places is take plenty of batteries as the charge doesn't last long in the cold. Keep them in a warm inner pocket and cycle them round as they apparently regain charge as they warm up.

cheers

Al.
Slaterm 9 496 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 1:08PM
very jealous Paul - wish I was going.

Leki used to do a walking pole with thread so itcould double up as monopod. No idea how good it is or whether worth sacrificing a lightweight tripod for.

I suspect your kit choices will come down to one thing - weight.
loweskid 13 2.0k 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 1:26PM
I would certainly take a wide-angle lens for the Himalayas - the wider the better I would think! I'm not familiar with the Himalayas (much prefer the Arctic regions) but I don't think cold will be a problem except early in the morning - once the sun gets up I expect it could get very hot, unless there's a wind blowing. I think condensation would be more of a problem when taking it in or out of your tent - just take the usual precautions.

Personally I would take a lightweight (but sturdy) tripod, especially for those 'alpenglow on the summits' type shots. Have a look at the Velbon Ultra Maxi range. I used the Luxi-F (with the pan and tilt head) in Greenland.
rossd 12 1.1k England
7 Sep 2007 1:40PM
Just curious, whats the elevation of the base camp ?
CathyI Plus
10 344 3 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 1:42PM
Lucky you!

Keep your camera kit to an absolute minimum! Even breathing will be difficult when you get up to that kind of altitude and any extra weight will make it even harder to keep going...
CathyI Plus
10 344 3 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 1:45PM
Assuming it's the Nepalese side we're talking about, it's about 5,500 m (which I think is 18,000 odd feet in "old money") I think...Am I right, Paul?
loweskid 13 2.0k 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 1:49PM

Quote:Just curious, what's the elevation of the base camp ?


5380m (17600ft)
rossd 12 1.1k England
7 Sep 2007 1:56PM

Quote:5380m (17600ft)

Thanks - that is high - approx 4 x Ben Nevis.
Hope you're not a smoker!!
CathyI Plus
10 344 3 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2007 1:57PM
Close! Wink

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