EBC Gear List

A number of people wanted to know what we took on the EBC since we carried all our own gear and did not employ the services of a guide. I have answered some of their questions in the post Dos and Don’ts on the EBC but I realise people might like to see an actual …

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Improvised Bow Saw:

You can make an improvised bow saw from a bent branch and a couple of large key rings (or similar) I noticed Erin & Hig used small carabiners in Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOUcDt96IrU Since a bow saw blade itself only weighs 30-100 grams (depending on length), this could be …

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The G4 is Back

An updated version of this iconic pack is now available in 70D & 100D (as in the Gorilla) DWR coated Robic Nylon in three sizes from  578 grams & US$153 (Nov 2019), the G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack Quite a good price and weight. This would be very suitable for a lightweight hiking/hunting pack. Features include: …

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Ultralight Charging Cable

Tired of lugging around that long (heavy) charging cable – which maybe weighs all of an ounce? Ouch! You can do better than that. For example: Anker 2-Pack Powerline Micro USB (4 Inches) – Durable Charging Cable, with Aramid Fiber and 5000+ Bend Lifespan (Approx) 11.3 grams A$11.48 (x2) Nov 2019 USB (Male) to Micro …

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EBC 4 & 5: And So Onwards and Upwards

‘Tengboche, Pangboche and finally Dingboche – the end of our ascent. 4,410 metres at Dingboche, but we climbed higher to look down the valley to Everest Base Camp, 2 more days ahead. These 2 days of cold and hardship were not on our agenda. A medley of pics following, some with explanatory notes.’ (Della Again) …

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Dos and Don’ts on the EBC (and Elsewhere):

I intend this post to apply to lots of other hiking destinations, but at least it should improve your experience and expectations on this iconic walk. ‘You live and learn – or you don’t live long’ – as the man said (ie Lazarus Long, ‘Time Enough For Love’). I have lived long, and intend to …

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EBC 3: And Onward to Xanadu:

‘I confess to having bored countless Eng Lit students of mine with my passion for Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan”. Little did I suspect that I would one day discover Coleridge’s Xanadu in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazar. I saw so many parallels to the poem, but perhaps the most relevant is the fact that …

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Everest – Days 1 & 2: Lukla to Namche Bazar

with overnight stop at Benkar’. (Della) ‘Main street of Lukla The road out of town Other trekkers: The person in front is carrying a largish day pack whilst the hired porter behind is carrying the rest of his/her gear. This was normal procedure for almost all trekkers. We, in contrast, proudly carried our own packs …

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Preventing Batteries From Going Flat at High Altitudes:

This is my ‘Poor Man’s Satellite Phone‘ after two weeks at between 3.000-6,000 metres elevation during our recent EBC trek. As you can see still 94% charged. ‘Normally’ such battery devices would be pretty much flat after just one day (even without use) – as I found out on my first time on the EBC …

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EBC Starting out: Kathmandu to Lukla.

‘Flying to Lukla is the adrenaline-filled beginning to the Everest Base Camp Trek. Reputedly the most dangerous airport in the world, Lukla Airport has a landing strip just 500 metres long, with a sheer cliff on one end and a brick wall on the other. We took videos of both our landing and takeoff to …

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