This was one of my first long format documentaries that I shot on my own. The mission was to take 2000 pairs of second hand shoes to impoverished kids in remote Tibet donated by privileged UK school students. The trip sounded like a good idea at the time but turned out to be far more than I bargained for.
Funded by a woman with more money than sense, along with her 5 year old, 8 year old and 10 year old children, she refused to sit in a nearby re-location village and wait for almost 30 landslide to be cleared along the road in or out. The only answer was to take the extremely dangerous option of walking over the mountains that surrounded our predicament.
We ended up climbing a 4200 meter mountain only to be faced with another monster 5000 meter plus range, the later being covered in waist deep spring snow - not great for avalanches. What she didn't expect, was the 7 days it took to cross the mountains, her daughter getting hypothermia, limited food, snow storms, being chased by a Yak bull on cliff path, avalanches on the surrounding cliffs and finally getting to safety by crossing a 100 meter wide raging river by Fly Bridge - kind a like a flying fox but you're attached by a rope "harness".
Apart from the womans' extremely irrational and erratic behaviour the trip was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I'm glad she made us do it.
Full credit to the amazing Sherpa's (mountain men) who carried their own body weight in cargo - and we thought we had it tough.
Excuse the camera work - not easy to shoot steady at that point of the trip. Still, i think you get the idea.
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