In this dose of Everest behind the scenes meet the Lakpa Tenje Sherpa. We would have had nothing without him. On the final day, my oxygen regular cracked and was leaking and I fell behind everyone. Lakpa stayed to keep me going, switching my jumars between ropes when I lost motor function, caring for me like a child while carrying twice the weight. He also helped teach us the valuable lesson that western clients don’t always call the shots on the mountain these days...the power is shifting and the locals have more of a voice than ever before.
Not sure when we get a chance to get back got the Himalaya but giving you a genuine thank you, Lakpa. Looking forward to sharing some yak butter tea with you in your home village sometime in this life!
8 days ago
Wishing everyone in the US a safe independence day today. Hoping we can can celebrate path of positive change and understanding as we careen into the future 🙏🏽
9 days ago
Art project for @drinkhoptea to support American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund is live!
“Over the past few months we have been working with our friendly neighbors @drinkhoptea to help create a special edition can with renowned artist and Roam Founding Member @renan_ozturk. The title of this artwork is 'The Center of the Universe' and was painted while on an expedition to the summit of Mount Meru, India.
We chose this particular piece because we are constantly inspired by nature and love the calming feeling this panorama instills.
From now until the end of June, every can of The Calm One sold on the @drinkhoptea’s website will have this special edition label and a percent will be donated to the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund.”
11 days ago
A few behind the scenes shots of our sound engineer @jimhurst from the #EverestMystery assignment. Jim is the ultimate kind human for any adventure. A heart felt part of the climbing/filmmaking community he is an award winning sound engineer (FreeSolo) and equally as talented as a DP, photographer, or culturally sensitive director. And he can also walk a slack line while having 4 hula hoops going (not joking). If we all ended up going down with altitude sickness at least we had Jim who was the fittest among us. Good sound is so often overlooked and can be more important than the images - Jim went all out carrying his fuzzy zeppelin to 7000 meters (23k feet) multiple times, always ready to record on the fly. He also shot the highest altitude footage a RED camera might have ever captured on this trip. Towards the end of the expedition Jim might have burned the last cell of fat in his body and made the super responsible call to not go up on the final push. One day he came back from the toilet tent saying he might have worms. We wanted to double check and report to the doctor so I volunteered to go up to fish then out with bamboo sticks. Pretty sure it was tapeworm. When Jim got home we heard that his doctor said it was as if his major organs were poised. Safe to say Mr Hurst pushed to the brink on this one. Huge appreciation for you @jimhurst, learned a lot from you on this one and can’t wait to get out with you in the San Juans before to long!!
13 days ago
Two years in the making and finally, #LostOnEverest premieres @NatGeoChannel Tuesday June 30 9/8C.
We were sitting on the Northeast Ridge of Mount Everest. A couple hundred feet below us was the GPS waypoint that could solve one of the greatest mysteries of mountaineering. Had Andrew ‘Sandy” Irvine tumbled and come to rest at that spot nearly a century ago? Though maxed from our successful summit push and the altitude, @M_Synnott unclipped from the fixed lines, and cast off into the unknown to look for Sandy over 7,000’ of exposure. None of us had the wherewithal to follow Mark - we sat there on the rocks, exhausted, both fearing for his safety and on the edge of our seats: What would the answer to the #EverestMystery be?
Link in bio for National Geographic cover article with my photos and words by Mark
A little @irving_matthew behind the scenes series this evening - director of Photography for the @natgeo ‘Lost on Everest’ doc. Matt is equally comfortable on the mountain, in sensitive cultural situations as well as big commercial projects back home. Not only did he shoot some of the most cinematic footage I have ever seen of Everest but he also shot stills and has a spread (photo #9) published in the print article. On top of all that he also managed the 20TB of data that came in on the solid state drives during the months on the mountain, working overtime through altitude sickness, nose bleeds a gnarly ear infection and heavy load carries. His humor has a way of lightening the stress of those around him and kept the endless tent time bearable. Take a look at his feed and you will see what I mean. Also, in the climbing photos - notice how his camera is always out around his neck. I couldn’t pull this off because it was to hard physically (I kept putting it away between shots) but Matt suffered through and didn’t miss a moment because of it. With chances of getting sick and not recovering very high every team member had to be able to wear every hat and Matt delivered! Anyways thanks @irving_matthew, I know it was super easy for you and I hope to find a better sandbag next time. ~
Stay tuned as I run through more of the team this week...
Very inspired by @bisabutler’s quilt art and message! *there is zero paint on this artwork
Cotton, silk, wool and velvet ~~
Caption by @bisabutler ~~
A Long Walk,
a song by Miss Jill Scott @missjillscott
You're here, I'm pleased
I really dig your company
Your style, your smile, your peace mentality
Lord, have mercy on me
I was blind, now I can see
What a king's supposed to be
Baby I feel free, come on and go with me
Let's take a long walk around the park after dark
Find a spot for us to spark
Conversation, verbal elation, stimulation
Share our situations, temptations, education, relaxations
Elevations, maybe we can talk about Surah 31:18
A celebration of black love.
I want to help dispel the myth that African Americans don’t marry. During the antebellum era many enslaved Black people were forbidden to marry except if the slave owners desired it, and many times the ceremony consisted of the couple simply jumping over a broom.
Broom Jumpers, 2020
Collection of Mount Holyoke Art Museum @mhcartmuseum and currently on display at the Katonah Museum of Art @katonahmuseum reopening in July
19 days ago
Words by @m_synnott // It was one of the strongest storms to hit India in decades. A Category 4 Cyclone named Fani. Who could have imagined we would feel her impact more than 900 miles away on the north face of Mount Everest? One of the elemental moments captured in #LostOnEverest, premiering @natgeochannel Tuesday June 30 9/8C. Link in bio for my Nat Geo cover article with photos by @renan_ozturk.
Here’s how I recall this night with Fani in the article and my upcoming book, The Third Pole: It was probably around 2am when we were hit by the gust from hell, heralded by a roar that sounded like a 747 taking off above our heads. When it struck, our tent was flattened. It felt like the hand of a giant pressing down from above, mashing my face into the cold floor as if forcing me to submit. This time, the tent didn't rebound, and there was no mistaking the telltale sound of cracking poles. I was blanketed in flapping fabric which snapped and crackled in my face as the jagged bits of broken pole began slicing the yellow nylon. I was fighting to quell a sudden and overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia when the next gust hit. And then the next, and the next. #EverestMystery ~
20 days ago
Sample drive-through the 360° VR pano projection site just published @natgeo! As you are navigating through them keep in mind you can double click anywhere to zoom way way in... Very honored the staff took the time to put these together as part of the digital version of the feature article. See link in my profile to find the article and these projections and take a mountain field trip of the mind! #everest#everestmystery ~
360° post site led by Brian T. Jacobs with Clay Burneston, Anne Farrar, @sadiequarrier, @thom.dharma.pollard @rudy.le and other NGM staff
23 days ago
Huge win for the US parks and public lands yesterday as the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act securing billions to these places we love.
Check out the article in @outsidemagazine in @hilareenelson’s bio to read more as there is a lot to learn. [photo of @alexhonnold enjoying @denalinps a few years back]
25 days ago
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