Tent Bound – week 2 “Lock in” How Expeditions and tent life helped?

Emerging from some bad weather. Himalayas 1990 – Kusum Kanguru an impressive peak in the Himalayas.

During these recent times I think that some of the long Expeditions I have been so lucky to be on help get you through hard times. Sometimes we never made the tent and had to bivy outside it was so cold as others were in it . As you can see from my face on the photo below. It was all part of a learning curb and living in a small space with another is not easy, especially if its me. You do learn a lot.

You can be sitting out weather for a few days and living in a tent often alone can be hard going. Life revolves round sleeping, reading, brews and eating. Patience is a virtue.

Can you imagine sharing a tent with me but my mate poor Willie Mac has done that on several Expeditions poor soul. This is us on Diran Pakistan waiting for the weather. Diran is a mountain in the Karakoram range.

Diran Pakistan – Base Camp at night – Photo Davy Taylor.

This 7,266-metre (23,839 ft) pyramid shaped mountain lies to the east of  Rakaposhi (7,788m).

1993 Diran Expedition Pakistan relaxing in the tent waiting for the Avalanches to stop. It was a wild mountain watching the Avalanches pour down the North Face.

On Everest we took a tent each to sleep in what a great idea as we bought another Expeditions tents that they had left the year before. I went out early and with Willie Mac and our Sirdar we got them serviceable and it was magical for the 3 months we were in Tibet, we also had a secret weapon the Shed.

Everest view from Tibet Base Camp.

My view from Advanced Base Camp at 21300 feet of the wonderful pinnacles on Everest. What a view at 21300 feet of the Pinnacles where Boardman and Tasker were last seen.





Alaska after the storm we were lucky – Digging out all night for 2 nights. A huge fear was the stove and cooking boiling water and ensuring you did not burn the tent down which would have been fatal.

You learn from each trip and when you spend a long time in a tent you learn a lot about yourself. I kept a diary on each trip but had camped for many years and love it. Nights in Scotland all over the country but Skye without the midges is wonderful so many memories and lessons that taught you so much.

Skye camp site The Sligachan.

On Everest we had a Shed was that cheating ?

Everest Base Camp “The Shed” at the end of our trip we were the only ones left.

I have lots of memories whats yours?

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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