Earthman Mur wrote: "When I was 24 years old in 1973, I trekked with my American girlfriend for 49 days from Kathmandu, Nepal to the Mt Everest region --- and back to Kathmandu. We hiked for 28 days to reach the Kali Pattar viewpoint at 18,300ft, and then we hiked for 21 days back to the Valley of Kathmandu."
"We carried our own packs up to 14,000ft, four days before reaching the base area of Mt Everest. At 14,000ft, which was the last permanent settlement, we hired two Sherpa porters to carrying our packs, plus food and firewood. From this altitude to Mt Everest, we were trekking on snow-covered terrain across the Khumbu Glacier. The Himalayas are lower on the globe than most people imagine, being at the same latitude as Florida, so these lower regions become quite hot while hiking in the spring."
"The lower land areas during this trek (up to about 9,000ft) crossed the hotter Hindu, terraced-farming terrain. Closer to Everest, we entered the higher-elevation Buddhist, Sherpa tribal region. The Sherpa settlements exist from about 9,000ft to14,000ft."
"This was the most magnificent hiking experience in my youth!"
"During the trek, my girlfriend, Keith, and I got married by the Rinpoche at Tengboche Monastery at 11,000ft, one-day's hike beyond Namche Bazaar in May,1973. The photos with me in them were shot by her. These photographs were used to illustrate my book, The Hippie who swallowed the Earth. This book may be downloaded from my website, 8 Finger Eddie free bio."
"I purchased fine-grained Kodachrome film, ASA 25, from a National Geographic photographer in Kathmandu before setting out on the trek, hence the beautiful skin tones in the images."