Stamp Collecting
(a.k.a. Philately)


      As many of our friends know, I am a stamp collector (philatelist). I have been collecting since my dad gave me my first album when I was just 8. Since then I have started and completed (or stopped) many topics to include; U.S., the US 1851 1 cent Franklin plating, France, Tibet, Nepal, Christmas seals and a few others.

     Currently, I have whittled down my collections to; US 1st and 2nd issue revenues, US wine revenues, Nepal, mountains and climbing on stamps (a topical collection) and mail from mountaineering expeditions.

     Recently, I have been focusing on Himalayan expedition mail which has resulted in:

  • An update to my exhibit (see WESTPEX below)
  • Videos (Part 1 has been published and part 2 and 3 are in the works)
  • Presentations (at the RMPL, American Alpine Club and WESTPEX)
  • A census of covers from the expeditions (see below)
  • Book - while I don't know if this will ever see publication it's fun to capture the history

     I encourage you to take up stamp collecting. It can be an amazing journey into history. I also encourage you to visit the web sites of these philatelic organizations.


Additional Information Sources

Checkout my videos

Expedition Mail of the Himalaya
Part I - Mt. Everest Mail, 1924 - 1940

Expedition Mail of the Himalaya
Itís Not Just Mt. Everest

Expedition Mail of the Himalaya
Part II - The Flight Over Mt. Everest

A Book

Expedition Mail of the Himalaya,
A Philatelic Story of the 1921 - 1953 Mail

    As can be seen in the other pages of this web site, I have a passion for hiking, mountaineering and climbing. My philatelic specialization in mountaineering mail has come out of my desire to merge my passions with both the mountains and stamps. The movement of the mail out of the early mountaineering expeditions was out of a need to keep the media, sponsors and loved ones aware of how the expedition was progressing. In the early 20th century, teams could be weeks from the nearest post office. In addition, most of the Himalaya region was in countries who's postal system was not recognized by the international postal system. This added to the effort in getting the mail into the international postal system.

    As far as I know, the story of how the mail was moved during these expeditions has never been told in a consolidated fashion. Bits and pieces can be found in a sentence here and there in the expedition books, but I hope to bring this story together in a book.

   Will this book ever be written? I don't know. The more research I do, the more daunting the task seems. What I have started with and plan to present on my web site is my research that is contained in Appendix A, B, and C. As for the flight over Mt. Everest in 1933, this is a very large area of discussion and I will address it in a separate section. Since it was not a climbing expedition, I do not plan on going into great depth in the book, but will address it in short since the expedition markings have always been included as Mt. Everest expedition markings.

Appendix A - This appendix provides a list of the expedition markings used by expeditions to the 8,000 meter peaks in the Himalaya through 1970. This appendix includes an image of each marking as well as a short description of the use.

Appendix B - This appendix provides a detailed list of each cover that I have been able to document associated with each expedition listed in Appendix A. Each cover is assigned a unique number for long term tracking needs.

Appendix C - This appendix provides additional information of each cover. A description is provided similar to how an item is described for an auction. Any certificates will be listed along with major provenance and sales history. In this website, Appendix C information is accessed from the Appendix B item listing.

   For a great list of expedition mail from "all" the Himalayan expeditions, I would encourage you to visit This site has the most complete listing of the Himalayan expeditions by year that I have ever seen.


Appendix A

    A list of the expedition markings used by expeditions to the 8,000 meter peaks in the Himalaya through 1970. This appendix includes an image of each marking as well as a short description of the use.

Appendix B

    A detailed list of each documented cover (including post cards) with an small image and additional information about the use of the specific item.

   Appendix C data is accessed from Appendix B by item number. Appendix C provides detailed information about each item including a larger resolution image, description and sales information.


The Mt. Everest Flights of
1932 & 1933

    This is in work...

My Exhibit

Expedition Mail of the Himalaya - Mt. Everest


In September we traveled to San Francisco, CA where I exhibited my one frame exhibit on Himalayan expedition mail at WESTPEX (Western Philatelic Exhibition). The exhibit earned a gold medal and the Collectors Club Award of Merit.

The gold medal

Click here to see my exhibit:
Mt Everest Expedition Mail, 1922 - 1963

RMSS 2022

I exhibited at the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show in May 2022. For this exhibit I was able to acquire a new cover from the 1938 expedition, incorporated comments from the WESTPEX judges and shortened the time frame to end at 1953.

The gold medal

Click here to see my exhibit:
MT Everest Expedition Mail, 1922 - 1953

Minnesota Stamp Expo 2022

I am exhibiting at the Minnesota Stamp Exposition in July 2022. For this exhibit I incorporated additional comments from the RMSS judge. Another problem I had with the RMSS exhibit was that the judge was provided with my "preliminary" synopsis which made it difficult to accurately judge the exhibit. This time that should not be a problem.

Stand by for results