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Mar. 26th, 2008

climbers are arriving at Namche Bazaar....
ya'll know how i get for everest season. :)))

china is quite nervous with all the tibet publicity this year. they've shut down their side. guess it wouldn't be in their best interest for photos of free tibet banners at the peak with the olympic torch. or another photographer catching them gunning down a nun in the snow. i don't think it will have much of an impact given the chinese side is the most difficult and least popular route up the mountain. and nepal will not comply with chinese pressure to do the same so teams are re-routing. nepal has started issuing permits :)

the chinese know few climbers would even think of making a summit bid after may 10. but there is a rumor floating around that climbers won't be allowed on the summit from may 1 to may 10.

the impact it will have, however, will be a very crowded south side.... which could lead to a dangerous season.



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Mar. 26th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
As I understand, the Chinese government is simply concerned that climbers could be endangered by falling 7.62mm rounds fired by Tibetan monks disguised as chinese soldiers. And why are they (the chinese) doing this because they are THERE. Such are the niceties we can expect from our most favored trading partner, that and toxic toys.

Don't buy chinese rice, you have a choice the Tibetans don't.
Mar. 27th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
actually don't buy anything made in china :)

they are doing it so they can get the torch up to the summit with only approved media attention. they don't want another event like on the great wall last year :)
Mar. 27th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Given your ever abiding love of all things Everest perhaps we should start a "Send maia to the Mountain fund" The slogan is:

"If the mountain will not come to maia, maia must go to the mountain."
Mar. 27th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
heh :)
i am determined that i will take the trek to basecamp in this lifetime. :)
i've got the trip all planned already.
one day!
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