Our destination on a 12? 15? day trek was the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute’s Kanchenjunga Base Camp c. 15,000 ft. We ate but though exhausted we did not stay the night because of bad weather being predicted. The Rector of St Paul’s School, Darjeeling, David Stormont Gibbs, MA (Cantab.) led the expedition; he is in the middle with the orange sweater, smiling when all of us are looking on the point of collapse. To his right is David Howard, an excellent geography teacher and dramatist who became our House Master and later Rector. Gibbs must have been in his late 40s, Howard in his 20s. I am to the right of Howard with a flat square empty water bottle on my chest. Also to be seen are Rao, Palit, Bajoria, Tandon, sherpas running the Camp in orange jackets.
December 16, 2008 at 8:24 am
I seem to recall that expedition being in May 1970, not October. We built a 3-log bridge on the way!