Sherpa's are Nepalese Indigenous peoples and the world renowned masters of mountain climbing. Sherpa's live in and around the worlds largest mountain ranges, and have for ages charted features and explored various summit routes. These skills became extremely lucrative after the Second World War, when for reasons that may have had to do with veterans of the conflict looking for their next challenge, many groups and individuals sought to scale the worlds highest peaks. The Sherpa's would take anyone on a mountain climbing expedition, and as a result, turned their abilities to scale, summit and survive into an indigenous industry. It was the worlds first extreme sport, an adventure for elites on the Earth's last unconquered realm. The race was on to reach the top of the worlds tallest mountain: Mount Everest.
The most famous Sherpa of them all, Tenzing Norgay, led Sir Edmund Hillary up the face of Mount Everest in 1953. Depending on who you believe, Norgay was either the first or second human being to reach the summit of Everest.
"...And we spoke languidly of the Northern Bee"
The Golden Northern bumblebee and the Northern Colletes bee are two types of insects commonly referred to as "Northern Bee's." The Colletes are most often found in more humid climates, the types of places where cannonball trees might grow. The "Northern Bee" line of books are also the worlds leading bee-related publications.Hip fan Moose Like emailed and let me know about this Northern Bee: According to Wikipedia, the Northern Bee was a semi-official Russian political and literary newspaper published in St. Petersburg from 1825 to 1864. It was an unofficial organ of Section Three (the Third Section of His Imperial Majesty's Own Chancellery) - the secret police.
"...Underneath the cannonball tree"
Cannonball Trees are a real variety of fruit tree. They can grow to 75ft tall in tropical zones and produce flowers first, followed by cannonball shaped fruit. The juice of the cannonball fruit is used in perfumes and cosmetics.
"...fight or flee"
The fight or flee response is the human body's natural defense mechanism. When we are faced with a life threatening situation, our adrenaline levels skyrocket, our vision becomes sharp, and our muscles tense so that we can fight or flee if necessary from the immediate threat.