President Gordon Rick, Guest Speaker Joel McCreath and Tony Brackley
President Gordon Rick, Guest Speaker Joel McCreath and Tony Brackley Contributed

Trekking in Nepal was topic of talk at Nambour Probus

THE guest speaker at the June meeting was Joel McCreath who gave a talk about his trek in Nepal in February 2013.

He flew from Kathmandu to Luckla and then trekked to the Mt Everest base camp.

The airfield at Luckla is considered one of the most dangerous in the world as it is only 500m long and slopes uphill, and at 2800m the thin air also adds to the problem.

The population of Kathmandu is about 80% Hindu and some 10% Buddhist.

Yaks are used extensively for transport in the easier terrain, and are distinguishable by their shaggy coats and massive horns, while Sherpa and porters are used in the difficult terrain.

These people are mostly small in stature but the loads they carry are daunting.

When climbing, rest days need to be taken to acclimatise, otherwise the risk of serious altitude sickness may occur.

In the event of altitude sickness each party is equipped with a de-acclimatisation bag in which the ill person is placed.

This then requires a foot pump to be operated to pressurise the bag until the patient can be evacuated by helicopter.

As the airfield at Kathmandu can often be closed in by bad weather evacuation could be delayed.

Joel showed an excellent video of his trip, the mountain scenery being spectacular.

The sad part was a lot of the buildings with their unique local architecture have since been destroyed by the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the area on April 25 this year.

Joel's video is therefore a valuable record of things lost.

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