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The Mountain Institute on Camera

In a series of short films made last year, 25 year-old filmmaker Daniel Byers represented mountain people and environments in the Andes, Himalayas and Appalachians with depth and style. While two of the films take a big picture look at TMI’s programs in Peru and West Virginia, the footage from Nepal focuses directly on glacial lakes, the threats they pose, and how TMI is responding.

In a nutshell, for those of you unfamiliar with the project, this fall TMI hosted a ‘muddy boots’ expedition and conference in which scientists from 13 countries got together to examine the threat of glacial lake outburst floods (Glof’s), share experiences, and spark ideas in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Daniel was tasked with hiking along side the team 10 hours a day, interviewing its participants, filming local people and events  in high-mountain communities, and acclimating to 5000 meters above sea level while schlepping 50 lbs of film gear. Our thanks go out to Daniel for his dedicated effort in the summer and fall of 2011.

Stay tuned for more news about TMI’s work in high mountain glacial watersheds.

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Rosie Thompson Stone
The Mountain Institute


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