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 Everest 2008: the impact of the Olympic expedition on other climbers, theft and misconduct on the mountain and the difficulty of managing the yaks.


Dear EverestNews.com, I am just back from my follow up visit to China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) in Lhasa, Tibet. On our agenda was the following issues: the impact of the Olympic expedition on other climbers, theft and misconduct on the mountain and the difficulty of managing the yaks.

They have once again assured us that there will be no limitations on Everest, only stricter criteria to fulfill. Also, they have once again assured us that there will be no restriction to climb during the summit push of the Olympic flame.

Beginning spring 2008, CTMA and the Chinese authorities will become involved in any unsporting activities on the mountain, especially theft. They have agreed to station one liaison officer at ABC to monitor and act upon any complaints of misbehavior. We welcome this positive step to improve the reputation of mountaineering.

One of the issues that climbers face when climbing on the north side is the problem with the unfair allocation of yaks. We have raised this issue on numerous occasions. I requested them to allocate a flat weight limit per person, regardless of the spring or the autumn season. This is also a better system than to allocate by yak. They need to discuss this with the local governor of the Qomolungma region. Only then will they be able to give us a response.

Earlier in October, I attended the UIAA and Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) general assemblies. I feel very proud and honored to inform you that at the event, I was elected as the next President for the year 2008 and 2009. Top on my agenda as president will be the protection of mountain environments, and encouraging noble and pioneering climbing and mountaineering activities amongst the youth.

Also at Matsumoto, I attended the International Environmental conference 2007, where I gave a presentation titled "Global warming and glacier physiognomy" with special emphasis on critical cases in the Himalayas. I am very glad to report that it was very well received by the Japanese media and public, resulting in some environmental organizations to immediately start coming for project studies.  In 2008, Asian Trekking will be organizing the Everest Eco-Expedition under the leadership of my son Dawa Steven Sherpa, who is also an Everest Summiteer. We aim to raise awareness of our deteriorating mountain environment; especially, the effects of global warming on glacial melting and the formation of glacial lakes. Our expedition hopes to use Mt. Everest as a platform to spread our message. We will also be organizing small cleanup activities at base camp and on the mountain. We will also be testing new solution to keeping the mountain clean. Furthermore, for those who lack the time and strength, we are also organizing special joining treks in the Everest region, highlighting the great projects that different NGOs and INGOs are doing in the mountains.

Back home in Kathmandu, Asian Trekking has started to build its climbing wall at the office premisis in Thamel. It will be 12m wide and 25m high. I welcome all our friends to come and test your skills the next time you are in Kathmandu.

Kind regards Ang Tshering Sherpa

 

 
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