Tim Hauf ,a professional photographer with a passion for travel and the
environment, has a new book out that might interest many of you. His work has
appeared in numerous publications, including Islands, Sunset, Explore, Terre
Sauvage, Dove, and others. Other books by Tim Hauf are Channel Islands
National Park - A Photographic Interpretation (pub 1996), Little Trees, Big
Sky: Portrait of a Northern Wilderness (pub 2000), and Ventura County - A
Photographic Perspective (pub 2001).
Book Description: A candid and unsparing account of a great
outdoor adventure as experienced and recorded by photographer Tim Hauf. In
both pictures and words, he conveys what it's actually like to walk the
arduous Solu-Khumbu trail - step by step, day by day - along the steep,
terraced slopes of central Nepal to the icy elevations of Kala Patthar and the
remarkable Gokyo Lakes. This book offers a stunning vision of a legendary
destination. Award-winning author Conger Beasley Jr. contributes an
illuminating introduction to the history and culture of Nepal.
Excerpted from Solu-Khumbu: The Trek to Everest by Tim Hauf. Copyright
©Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
|Day 6 We depart at 7:00 and walk downhill
for three and a half hours for lunch at the village of Kenja (5,348 ft./
1,630m). We drop past countless terraces, through several villages, into a
steep, scenic valley with a river (Kenja Khola) threading the bottom. The
scale of the landscape is grandiose beyond my wildest imaginings. At one
point we encounter a "trucker" on the trail, a porter carrying over 200
pounds on his back -- mostly kerosene and beer -- all the way from Jiri to
Namche. We then climb four hours to another village called Sete (8,464
ft./2,580m) where we camp at the edge of an overlook. The view is
incredible -- terraced mountains cloaked in a veil of soft, puffy clouds
drifting up from the canyons far below. A hard day, up and down, in a
torrid sun. I am frazzled.