Like Father, Like Son

As I write, our son Richard is somewhere in NE Pakistan heading to Skardu before setting out on a trek, run by KE Adventure, to K2 Base Camp and Concordia in the heart of the Karakoram. I am very envious. The trek to Concordia takes one into the heart of some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world: up the Baltoro Glacier, past the Trango Towers, to a horseshoe of majestic 8,000M peaks including Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, and the mighty K2 – the ‘Savage Mountain’ – the second highest summit in the world. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing his images when he returns in late August.

Both our children have inherited my love of mountains and have walked and climbed Alpine peaks with me. In 1969 I was immensely fortunate to be able to take time out from my medical studies to be a member of the first major organized trek to Everest Base Camp, led by Sir Eric Shipton. Shipton’s name will always be associated with Everest; firstly as a leader of some of the pre-war expeditions to the North side of the mountain, and secondly as the man who in 1951 led a reconnaissance expedition that identified the route through Solo Khumbu to Everest, and the potential route up it, from the Nepal (south) side used by the successful 1953 British expedition and all future teams from Nepal.

A few years ago I grabbed an all too short opportunity to return to Solu Khumbu and trek up as far as Pheriche (4,371M) on the approach to Everest Base Camp, taking my son with me. A tremendous experience for both of us.

Ama Dablam, Solo Khumbu, Everest region. Viewed from the NW, from near Pheriche.

The image above is of Ama Dablam as seen from the NW from near Pheriche. Ama Dablam is a stunning sentinel mountain that is passed on the route from Namche Bazaar to Pheriche. This image was originally a Kodachrome transparency taken on my first trip in 1969, and scanned with a Nikon Coolscan recently. On that visit I took 24 rolls of Kodachrome and used a Pentax S1a camera with a clip-on exposure meter. Astonishingly the camera produced perfectly exposed images, which are still usable today (although quite dusty). Quite a feat!


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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16 Responses to Like Father, Like Son

  1. Lovely image, Andy.


  2. rigmover says:

    Great image and good luck to your son.


  3. Len says:

    I am a big lover of mountains but I never was able to climb them. Love the ruggedness of this image especially in the peak. Good luck to your son Andy.


  4. andybeel says:

    Hi Andy the quality and stability of Kodachrome comes through here. Lovely composition as well. Thanks. Andy


  5. ehpem says:

    Hi Andy, that is a great image – makes me think I should be getting some scanning done of my Kodachrome.

    Your post has strangely coincidental timing for what I have been doing on this side of the world. Yesterday I was looking at my grandfather’s album from this general part of the world – as a young and recently graduated doctor he accompanied the Younghusband expedition into Tibet in the early 1900s. The album does not have photos of mountains, and indeed most of his pictures are from northern India, but still …


    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for that fascinating comment. Life is full of extraordinary coincidences and this is one of them. Younghusband is a name I well know from the annals of Himalayan exploration. He visited the Karakoram I know where my son is headed. Thanks for sharing that link.


  6. Now I’m envious of all the adventures you’ve been on. Fantastic image Andy.


  7. hdrexposed says:

    That sounds just incredible Andy, I am so jealous! Incredible shot here too man


  8. Rick says:

    Fantastic image! Truly see the magnitude of this peak. Good luck to your son in his climb!


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