Everest 2005: The Chinese abort the Second Push at 8400 due to strong winds!
After the Chinese kicked butt yesterday (to our Chinese readers that means
they did very very good, and much better than the rest of us.), they had the
turn back last night. As our forecaster predicted, the high winds are back...
Update: 22 Chinese summited and they broadcasted live from
the Summit of Mt Everest again! Below are some of the many reports from our
friends in China and Hong Kong,
Report: The climbers were composed of The re-measuring team,
The Chinese Women Expedition and Tibet Climbing Club. The tripod had been
erected at 11:50 (Beijing Time). Height of the Tripod : over 2.0 meter. Result
of the measurement will be announced around in August, 2005.
Report: The Chinese Measurement Expedition is on LIVE by
CCTV. Beijing Time 11:35 15 members have summited. ( 3 are female NOT
confirmed) They would have stayed for an hour. Temperature on top: - 29.8 deg
C. Wind: Grade 7 ; Weather: "fairly fine."
First summit: 11:08 (Beijing Time)
From 11:35 : Started to set up the Tripod.
On May 22, the 2nd assault team should have climbed up from
Camp 7,790M to their Final Camp 8,300M. Summit push on 23rd May.
The Chinese started to descend at 12:25 (Beijing time). They
stayed for around 77 min.
The CCTC.com had issued 22 updated summit photo on its web
site. You could see the tripod the radar disc in the first instance.
It looks that the Chinese were using modern gas mask and
apparatus on the Top, weren't they?
The Chinese had (or will ? to be confirmed) erected a
"permanent" GPS monitoring station at the small "Rocky Land" near the top, in
addition to the tripod mounted on the Top. At least two GPS detectors were
installed , according to the CCTV report.
Reports from successive Summiters would bring us
clearer picture of it.
For more pictures
Previous Updates are below
Update: Chinese Summit Everest! They were fast...
Update: Chinese report they are all above the Second Step,
but there is a "20 minute delay". [Hey who knows... we could speculate but we
North Side: The Chinese report that they are 20 minutes from
the top! [20 minutes in these conditions might be a bad estimate.]
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
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
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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