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Law student experiences amazing Mount Everest and The Great Wall of China photography trip


Robert Gordon University (RGU) budding legal eagle Harry Campbell didn’t spend this winter wrapped up warm in front of a Christmas tree.

Instead, he travelled to Nepal, Tibet, China and Hong Kong to make a photographic study of the North Face of Mount Everest in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and The Great Wall of China.

Harry, a first year Law student at The Law School at RGU, said it was an “amazing photography experience”.

The 18-year-old said: “After picking up seven different visas and passes, I was allowed to make a photographic study of the North face of Mt Everest in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. However, this was made difficult by flight delays as the notoriously windy weather would not allow my flight to land in Lhasa, Tibet.

“The delays cut out 48 hours of much needed high altitude acclimatisation, so with only a 48 hour travel window remaining, I took solace in the physical training I did before the trip and I took the calculated decision to increase my dosage of the anti-altitude sickness drug, Diamox. Once I and my guide felt I was I ready, we headed up to Mt Everest Base Camp (5,200m or 17,000ft).

“I arrived 30 mins before sunrise to a sky crammed with stars and as I was at such high altitude, they looked like I could simply pluck them from the sky.

“For me, it was like looking through powerful binoculars except my entire visual range was full of the crystal clear constellations that appeared just out of reach.

“It was -11 on the morning I arrived at Everest Base Camp, I had already been sick twice and gone through four canisters of oxygen to get there but it was all worth it to photograph the sun rising over Mt Everest.

“The two main reasons to go through the extremes of reaching the North face of Everest in the winter are that it is accessible by road and there are rarely any clouds in the sky to disrupt the view.

“I froze, my fingers and toes were tingling for two days and I suffered from altitude sickness fever but it was an amazing photography experience.”

Harry raised a good luck prayer flag at the base camp before taking a break. Two days later he took a flight and it was only when he landed in the low altitude of Beijing that he felt he could properly breath again.

Harry continued: “Once I was rested for 12 hours, it was time to head out to visit the outstanding Great Wall of China. After my trip to the breathless 5,200 metres Himalayas, it was easy to just sprint up the steps of the Great Wall to take a few more photos.

“I would highly recommend a visit to Mt Everest on the North side, both the Tibetans and the Chinese were pleasant and surprisingly open about their relationship with each other.

“On my travels I learned a lot of first hand cultural information that I am sure will guide me in the future.”

Release by Stacey Lynch
Communications Officer | Business & Law
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