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Imagine living in a tent at 5700M above sea level for weeks on end. Your goal is to ascend the 6th highest mountain in the world. You've recently evacuated your climbing partner who battled pulmonary edema. While trying to stay warm in your little yellow North Face tent, all that you hear is the silence of the Himalayan skies...and the incessant clicking of your DSLR cameras!
'45 Days in the Himalayas' was shot this past October in Nepal and Tibet.
Music by: Data Romance - Seasonal section
Shot and edited by Elia Saikaly
Special thanks to my Sherpa team and Jeremie Stall Paquet
for helping with some of the set-ups.
Images processed (while sitting in a tent in a down jacket) using Adobe LightRoom. Edited in FCP7 on a Macbook Pro.
It is difficult for people understand what it is like to shoot high above the clouds in these low oxygen environments until they experience it for themselves.
At 1:57 you can see the climbers attempting the 8201M summit at 3am in sub-zero temperatures. Yes, those little floating lights are people!
In the end, I remained alone with my Sherpa climbing partner and stood on top of the 6th highest mountain on Earth. We were the only one's to make the summit that day. My oxygen bottle failed and I struggled for 7 hours before realizing I had a defective bottle. Relentless, I carried on until we reached the top at 8201M above sea level. Glorious sight of Mt. Everest from the top just 20 km away.
Here is the blog: http://bit.ly/prytXB
The final timelapse of the setting moon is of the The Nangpa La, a traditional trade route between Tibet and Nepal. My tent was situated across from the pass.
My work is in support of my non-profit organization called Findinglife. Check out some of the work we do to inspire youth to create positive change.
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Song is 'Dance of the Seven Sisters' - by Ghost Kollective
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