Mt. Everest, Summer 2016

Locally Global

This was taken at Mount Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet)!

The Picture

It took almost two weeks of acclimatizing, one night in sub-zero temperatures in nothing but a tent, and about three hours of waiting for the clouds to move to get this shot. Behind the camera, there were many prayer flags, or colorful pieces of cloth with Tibetan prayers stamped on them. The wind is believed to carry these prayers around the world. I was amazed to find out that some of the flags were set up by the people who summited the mountain, who probably put them for good luck on their grueling journey ahead. No picture can capture the true magnitude of the mountain. As I struggled to gasp in the already thin air at the base camp’s elevation, I admired those who were brave enough to ascend the mountain into even thinner…

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