Chinese climbers (and Tibetan
climbers of course) are on the move up Mt Everest. They have 16 torches with
them! The Hong Kong reporter who got altitude sickness and then got in a
traffic accident has quite a story to tell. The ambulance crashed and
overturned in a stream. Four people were on the stretchers in the ambulance
(unclear who the others were).
Did we mention Chinese
fighter jets were flying above the Summit today.... The North side of Everest
is still the wild wild west....
Earlier: The Chinese have left Chinese
Base camp with the torch! Note this is base camp, NOT advanced base camp....
Stay Tuned, the SHOW IS ON !!
Earlier: The Chinese / Tibetan
climbers are finding high winds on the North Side of Everest. If they are
watching and listening: Our ACE forecaster tell us May 3rd and May 6th are the
best possible days to summit! The snow level is light on the North side. Two
reporters from Hong Kong got high altitude sickness and were forced to retreat
to the Tingri hospital. One of the two had a traffic accident during the night
retreat. he is slightly hurt but , ok....
Ropes are fixed to 8300
Meters. The Chinese in their tradition are expected to attack the summits in
waves of climbers... Stay Tuned!
Earlier: The Chinese /
Tibetan climbers have reached 8300 meters! It is unclear if this is the first
summit attempt or not. The Chinese is known for waves of attempts. Our ACE
forecaster tell us May 3rd and May 6th are the best possible days to summit.
Reporters are now in Chinese base camp... Stay Tuned....
Chinese summit attempt is not expected to start from 8300 meters on April
28th. How much the Chinese are delayed appears to be a state secret. But
summits are now not expected until May ..... As the Summit day moves back the
pressure on South Side commercial guides will grow exponentially.
11 foreign journalists including
Dolf Reist and the BBC have left to join 19 Chinese journalists headed to
Everest Base camp.
Earlier: Climbers on the Tibetan side of Everest at 7500 meters. High
winds. Ropes only to 7500 meters. A long way to go....
Earlier: March 15 Started to establish BC
March 31, mobile phone service in the region was on.
April 3, climbers, about 50 in total, started to move to
Route to North Col had been cleared up, rope fixed. Hundreds
of porters are now moving to higher altitude.....
The torch fire will be carried to and lighted up on the Top.
3 summit pushes was planned. The first bid might be from 8300M on April 28,
depending on the weather condition
The Chinese are widening and improving the road to Everest Base Camp for
Spring 2008. Yes it will include asphalt paving on at least part of the road.
While Environmentalists have expressed concern, commercial Everest operators
and Everest climbers have not that we have heard of....
The plans will allow many "tourists" to visit Everest base
camp and the possibly see the torch-bearers of the Olympic Games. The road
frankly will make things safer, hotels are very unlikely...
It does appear the government still has to approve final
plans, which appear to be moving ahead...
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