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 Everest 2008:  Chinese climbers on the move on Everest


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....

Earlier: The 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 ABC

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

Earlier: 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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