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  Mt. Everest 2005: Summit push update BOTH SIDES...


Photo Tom West Everest 2004 ©EverestNews.com

10.34 PM in America Eastern Time: South side: It is believed the Koreans did not going for the summit. We cannot confirm that they did or did not at this time.

Japanese (see their update): Climbers are the mountain might be confused by this. Mr Honda and the other Japanese are headed back to camp with Sherpas. But according tot eh Japanese other Sherpas are setting up the camp 5 tonight.

North Side: The Chinese report that they are 20 minutes from the top! [20 minutes in these conditions might be a bad estimate.]

Earlier Update below

Update 7.04PM 5/21/2005 in America: The first group started 3:30 (Beijing time) . They think, they'll need 7  hours to reach summit. Some of the climbers, who are in charge of  re-measuring Mt. Everest's height, intend to stay from 40 minutes to 1 hour  on top where they want to erect kind of a plate (which reflects - maybe -  signals, don't know ) and do other work.

Update: The Chinese are on a summit push right now! And measuring the Peak ! Stay tuned and we will let you how it turns out. We are told 22 climbers, not sure if that is 22 plus Sherpas (Tibetans to them) or 22 total...

The Chinese have announced they are starting up to ABC. Around thirty Chinese scientists are planning to re-measure  Qomolangma (Mount Everest). Kang Shichang is the research leader of the expedition and a famous fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Qomolangma has been measured 4 times by the Chinese with the last being 8848.13 meters by Chinese scientists in 1975. However scientists believe because of global warning the mountain has shrunk. The Chinese plan to install a GPS to re-measure the height of the mountain. A joint team Chinese and Japanese women team will also attempt the Mount Everest, the lines between these expeditions appear hard to define at this point.

Some ask, why don't they just take a GPS up there and see what it says! GPS's do not measure very well at 7000 meters and above. Therefore the Chinese plan to use/install a dish! They also plan to a sophisticated radar detector to measure the current height of Mt. Everest.

If it could just see pictures of George Mallory's wife...

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