Mountains of the Mind

By Peggy Roalf   Monday February 11, 2013

Thanks to everyone who sent in a Mountain story. Here's one from DART subscriber David Butow, of Oakland, CA.

In the fall of 1986, I was 21 years-old with a semester to go before graduating from the University of Texas. My mentor, Ed Hille, invited me along for a six-week shooting trip through Asia, basing ourselves in Kathmandu for 10 days. It was the biggest, most exotic trip I'd ever done. A young, eager photographer shows up in a place like Nepal with two pro cameras, a light meter and dozens of rolls of blank film and thinks: "Adventure. Possibilities!"

Twenty-six years later, having logged over a million miles flying around the world shooting pictures, I returned there for the first time. Not so young, but just as eager. As we descend, I lean in towards the plane's window, blank rolls of film in the bag at my feet, the sight of the Himalayas coming into view once again. Possibilities!


 So dear readers, please send me your mountain stories, with photos or drawings, to further liven up the winter season.