... his years at Oxford as a competitive rower, and finally his experiences during the long and grueling expedition to Everest. ... designs for aircraft stabilization, his interest in the logistics of the expedition, and his fascination with Tibetan culture. ... Afryqahaquot;, Ltd., 1999. ... ESSENTIAL OUTDOOR GEAR MANUAL By Annie Getchell and Dave Getchell, Jr. 250 pages. ... an editor at Backpacker magazine , have assembled a very useful handbook on the selection and repair of equipment.