Saturday, May 12, 2012

Meeting David Breashears!

Since arriving in Nepal, David and I had been reading one mountain climbing book after another: first Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (for the second time) and then No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs.  Both were fabulous!  The books are filled with the names of famous climbers, but one name that kept popping up was David Breashears.  He is the mastermind behind the amazing Everest and Kilimanjaro Imax movies, and has climbed Everest five times.

On our way to Base Camp we had heard that there was a photo exhibit showing how the Himalayan glaciers have changed over the last century.  After reached the photo exhibit tent in the middle of Base Camp, we were walking around, warming up, and eating a few biscuits (i.e., cookies).  When I turned around and said "David" (to get another biscuit) I received two "yes" responses.  One from David Reed and another from the man in red below.  It took only a few seconds for me to realize that the second "yes" belonged to the same man who had his name on the byline of most of the pictures: David Breashears!

We talked to him for about 15 minutes about his exhibit at Base Camp as well as his concurrent exhibit at MIT in Boston that opened recently.  We also talked how much he enjoys Fernbank in Atlanta, and of course, his climbing plans for this season.  It was a very cool experience, and I don't think any of us could have dreamed of a better way to spend our time at EBC!

Side note: if you are in Boston and are interested, make a point of heading over to the MIT Museum to see the exhibition.  It will last for an entire year, so we hope to go when we make it home.


Jason, David Breshears, David, and Sara inside the GlacierWorks exhibit at Everest Base Camp
The GlacierWorks photo exhibit at Everest Base Camp

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! I love that the encounter happened because you were asking for a cookie - such a Sara moment ;) I'll have to check out that exhibit in Beantown - I loved the Everest IMAX!