EPS Review #105 - Tibet

It appears that I still have a few friends on whom I have not yet inflicted my Tibet travelogue from 1985.

So here it is on the web.

I thought about paginating it, but decided it would print out better as one web-page.

I am happy to say that I have kept up with "Andy from Dartmouth" -- he is on this mailing list. The others are lost to memory, despite googling (except Sorrel - haven't contacted her).

In many ways this adventure was a "high point" of my life. It is so tempting to do something like it again, whether the same journey with the kids, or something novel with one of you. Suggestions, please! (I also wrote up in a letter all the fun I subsequently had in Nepal, but do not have a copy of it. I do have a diary of my week there with Laurie when I turned 40).

I wish that I had not lost the roll of film with the snow and cabbages. I still have the sleeping bag that the German guy was sick in -- Ross uses it!

I intend to tidy up the schlaikjer.net website and also maybe add all the old "EPS reviews".

Ryan wrote: There was a story on NPR this morning about some experiements on the metabolisms of sherpas. I recalled your story about hiking through some mountain gap, chosing one of two paths (against the advice of your guide) and then later seeing an avalanche covered the other path.

I replied: Yeah, and then there was the sherpa who told me about a reunion he had with some French climbers that he had taken up Cho Oyu. They had had an accident on the climb, and the Frenchmen lost their fingers, but the sherpa did not ("maybe my blood is warmer"). He showed me in gestures how they subsequently took their teacups in their stumps -- but they were glad to be alive.

Mark wrote: You also need to send out photos of you having fun so that we can say 'that bastard' even more!

Jeff wrote: S and I traveled to Western China in 1997 and your story brings back many memories (esp. the photo of the Yugers and the mountains). We visited the caves of Beziklic, Turfan peninsula, Taklamakan desert, Kashgar markets... A highlight was the Hunza Valley in Kashmir, Pakistan at the base of Nagarparbut (27,000ft) and a glacier surrounded by apricot groves. This described by ... as 'paradise' in his classic Lost Horizons. I wish I had kept a journal.

Bob wrote: You crack me up. I love it. When is the hardcover version available? Sign me up for 10 copies signed. I will pre-pay

I reply: In fact I do have a vanity book on Shutterfly of it. Easy to print out and send one! A bit pricey though.