THE NEW BOOK FROM AWARD-WINNING CANADIAN FILMMAKER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND AUTHOR DIANNE WHELAN

BASE CAMP: 40 DAYS ON EVEREST

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SYNOPSIS

IT TAKES FORTY DAYS TO KNOW THE MOUNTAIN

BaseCamp-BookEach spring, over eight hundred climbers attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Some make it to the top of what is considered the world’s most majestic mountain, but others are not so lucky, and in the attempt to reach the elusive summit, many more have tragically lost their lives.

In 2010, filmmaker Dianne Whelan visited Base Camp. In this personal and eye opening exposé, Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest, she shares gripping stories of Maoist rebels, avalances and dead bodies surfacing our of a dying glacier. From her perspective at Base Camp, she interviews climbers, doctors and Sherpas, all living there for months on end as they wait for a weather window to summit the top of the world. In this push to achieve the summit, many do not survive. Woven into these personal stories is the devastating truth of the human impact on the mountain and the eerie and unforeseen effects of climate change. Experts believe there are 250 bodied buried on the path from Base Camp to the peak, and with the glacier melting at more than four inches a day, the toll of this desire to conquer Everest is irreversably surfacing.

But in coming to know the mountain and its people, Dianne must also confront the truth of her own ambitions, and the toll they take on her physical well-being and her relationship. Through immersing herself in the challenging and captivating world of Base Camp, she must find her own path away from ego and judgment to a place of humility and forgiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

 I find when you are in the mountain, everything is really simple. All the problems that you come across, you just deal with. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small. And when you go back to the real world, all the so-called big problems of life aren’t so big anymore.

JOHN FURNEAUX, Canada West Mountain School | PHOTO: EPOPEYA COLUMBIA

 

 

 

 

 

DIANNE WHELAN

AWARD-WINNING CANADIAN FILMMAKER, PHOTOGRAPHER, AUTHOR
AND MULTIMEDIA ARTIST

image6Dianne Whelan is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist residing in Garden Bay, BC. In April 2010, Whelan traveled to Nepal and Mount Everest Base Camp to direct and shoot her award-winning documentary film 40 Days at Base Camp. According to the Nepalese government, Dianne is the first woman to shoot a film on the world’s highest mountain.

The film had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival, was the opening night film at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and screened at Shanghai International Film Festival. 40 Days at Base Camp is currently distributed in 26 countries and has gone on to have over 100 theatrical and festival screenings internationally.

Dianne Whelan was the recipient of the Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Arts Centre in 2011. 40 Days at Base Camp won two LEO awards for best cinematography and best sound design in 2012.

Dianne’s newest book Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest has just been released. The book is a gripping and eye opening expose referencing Dianne Whelan’s experience on Mt. Everest while filming her documentary 40 Days at Base Camp. This summer and fall Dianne will be touring around Canada, United States and Great Britain hosting public speaking and multimedia presentations on her book and film.

 

 

 

 

 

To struggle and to understand—never this last without the other: such is the law…

GEORGE MALLORY (1911) | PHOTO: ARJUN VAJPAI

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS

HEAR DIANNE WHELAN TALK ABOUT HER BOOK IN PERSON

April 16, 7 pm at Canada West Mountain School, Vancouver

April 17, 7 pm at Capilano University Bosa Centre Theatre, North Vancouver

April 22, 7:30pm, Floral Hall, Van Dusen Gardens. Hosted by Vancouver Chapter, Canadian Alpine Club

April 25, 7:30 pm at Gumboot Cafe

April 27, 3 pm at Sylvia Hotel, Vancouver

April 30, 7 pm at Whistler Library, Whistler

May 1, 6:30 pm at Squamish Library, Squamish

May 2, 6:30 pm at Pemberton Library, Pemberton

May 9, 7pm, Williams Lake Library, 180 Third Ave N, (250) 392-3630

May 22, 4-5pm Halifax Library, Captain William Spry, 16 Sussex St. reading and slides

May 24, 2-4 pm at Chapters, Robson St, Vancouver. book signing.

May 27, 6:30pm, Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, (250) 248-3841

May 29, 6:30pm, Nanamio Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial St,

June 3, 6:30pm Victoria, Russell Books, 734 Fort St,

August 17, 10:30am, Sechelt Writer’s Festival reading/slide show

Sept.24, 7pm, Robinson”s, Victoria, reading and slide show

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT TAKES FORTY DAYS TO KNOW A PEOPLE.

ANCIENT PROVERB | PHOTO: Carolina Ahumada Cala

 

 

 

 

 

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Filmmaker Dianne Whelan immerses herself in the captivating world of Everest Base Camp in this feature-length award winning documentary chronicling Mt. Everest’s transformation from a once-sacred place to mountain theme park.

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 Base camp is literally right on the bottom edge of the Khumbu icefall. Land of ice and granite. Don’t need to go to Mars to learn that life with no trees and butterflies is harder.

DIANNE WHELAN

 

 

 

 

 

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