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Meeting November 22 2012

The November meeting was opened by Chairman Frank Hoyle who introduced fellow Member Alan Oatway from Newby Bridge who presented his lecture entitled ‘Tibet’
Alan is an enthusiastic grower and exhibitor of alpine plants and has travelled the world to see and photograph alpines in the wild. The July/ August 2010 tour commenced in Kathmandu with a long road journey in 4 x 4 vehicles to the first camp for acclimatisation to the altitude. After two days the party continued through rough tracks to the next campsite. Botanising excursions to nearby trails and many alpine plants seen. These included:-
  • Louseworts
  • Saxifrages
  • Gentians
  • Primulas
  • Androsaces
The fourteen day trek continued to Carta, east of Mount Everest and on to the Karma valley, described by Wollaston, the botanist on the 1921 British expedition to the area as the most beautiful in the world.
The highest point reached on the trek was 5280m from where the group enjoyed magnificent views of snow covered Everest. The return journey using 4 x 4 vehicles was via the small town of Gyantse  and on to Lhasa at 3500m.
Whilst in the Tibetan capital visits were made to the 999 room Potala Palace and to the smaller Jokthanes Palace.
Frank Hoyle thanked Alan for a superb lecture with outstanding photography and presentation.
Next meeting December 22nd when Members will present slides of their travels in the mountains photographing alpine plants. This will be followed by savouries and mince pies.

Syd Cumbus
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