The Committee Films crew prepares to shoot the scene where I bought my Nepal hat.
Namche Bazaar is dwarfed by the towering Himalayan Mountains that surround this tiny village.
The wind blew snow off the summit of Mount Everest that we could see in the distance during our two day hike from Namche Bazaar. The day after I took this picture was when the avalanche killed 17 Sherpa's on Everest.
Field producer and writer, Michelle Lappin-Day and videographer, Colin Threinen, enjoy the helicopter ride up to Namche Bazaar.
Scott marvels at a rock outcropping completely covered with prayer inscriptions at Namche Bazaar.
After watching the episode last night I was very pleased about the other concern I had doing Bigfoot was it could be credibility killer if not handled properly. That is where the work of the production company comes and I was very pleased with the job they did. I went in as a skeptic and I came out a skeptic. That's not the same as saying I don't believe in Bigfoot or Yeti, it means I still haven't seen any evidence to convince me that they are real. I am certainly not convinced, but my mind will always be open to any potential new evidence.
Without a doubt, traveling to Nepal was one of the most eye-opening and incredible experiences I will ever have. It's hard to describe the feelings I had after leaving Katmandu in the helicopter as we flew ever higher in the Himalayas. As the highest peaks began to appear through the haze it was staggering to realize how massive and high they were. It was truly humbling to realize how small and insignificant we are compared to these massive mountains. Of course, the magic moment came when I saw Mount Everest for the first time. We were already almost at 14,000 feet during our climb to see the Yeti(Yak) scalp when I caught my first glimpse. It was towering in the distance over twice as high as were. Truly incredible and awe-inspiring. Perhaps the hardest thing I've ever done was the two-day hike down (and up, and down, and up...) from Namche Bazaar, eleven miles to Lukla where the most dangerous airport in the world is. The reason the hike was so hard was I caught the flu the day before we left and was miserable the entire hike. Even though my head and body ached, I still took in all the grandeur and incredible geology during the hike. It was a metamorphic geology fantasy seeing the gneisses smashed around through the tectonic forces of the rapidly rising Himalayas. It was without a doubt the most amazing trip we've taken on America Unearthed.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that on the morning we flew out of Lukla to Katmandu, was the day the avalanche killed 17 Sherpa's guides on Everest. A few days earlier on a hike, we'd met up with the Discovery Channel crew that was on Everest working with the Sherpa's who were killed. We had seven Sherpa guides with us for our time shooting in the mountains and we all became very close to these kind, hardworking and fun people. Our hearts go out to all the Sherpa families who lost loved ones on the mountain. It's probably the most dangerous job in the world and nobody could get to the summit of Everest without the help and guidance of these amazing people. Remember that the next time you hear about someone climbing Everest, without the Sherpa guides they wouldn't stand a ghost of chance.