I wonder how die-hard Everest climbers feel about this? Me thinks I'll pop over to their site,
I'm biased, but I don't care. I consider myself a die-hard mountaineer and I think its really cool. It doesn't hurt that I also love the Olympics. I'm also capable of differentiating between politics and the Olympics.
The summit is still capped in clouds, but the winds appear light. Its around 10am local time so the time window is still open.
I just lost the English feed, but the Chinese version is still going. If my wife wasn't busy upstairs she could do the translating.
They're showing some "highlights" now from below the summit ridge. The footage is as good as what we have seen on the Discovery Channel, but this was also being broadcast live in China.
The first wave of climbers is off to the summit on the South side. Thankfully our AAI blogger is hanging back a day to wait for weather and these 200 climbers to clear the route.
Seeing that line of climbers heading for the summit is unreal. Looks more like a summer day on Mt Washington or Franconia Ridge than on Everest. Let's hope that this doesn't keep escalating until it creates an even greater disaster than '96. Too many people up there that have no business being there.Originally Posted by Bill O
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It does include Sherpas that could just be ferrying gear to Camp IV. On the other hand, most of the teams from the North Col route are in Nepal this year. Its going to be interesting over the next two days.Originally Posted by mtruman
It looks like something is going on up there. I got this from everestnews.com
This was posted today. AAI was at Camp III today, moving to Camp IV on the 22nd and summiting the 23rd.High drama and major concern on Everest as not everyone made it back to high camp yet. It is now dark in Nepal. Climbers going up are to run into climbers in trouble..... Numerous climbers are headed up......
While several climbers summited, others were still headed up late and "slow" as described by Sherpas ...
Mark, have you seen anything on the other mountaineering forums?