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  Mt. Everest 2005: Valencia definitive attack to the summit


Update: The expedition of the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia on Everest, after their descent from Camp III, wait in BC for a window of good weather.  They could start the definitive attack to the summit on the the few next days.

As you probably read in the report: Mt. Everest 2005: Valencia: STILL IN BC

The morning brought another surprise, I almost forget... it was 8:30 in the morning when we hear the noise of a helicopter, and to our surprise it was flying over Nuptse, above 8,000 meters.  This is the helicopter we told you about in the other chronicle, it is making high altitude tests.  It has flown over Nuptse, around BC with no problems and disappeared by the end of the valley... once you have seen normal helicopters fly in these heights, looking at this almost touching the glacier ice easily is something worth seeing.

The men from Valencia also have video! you might or might not be able to play it.

Vídeo: Descárgate este vídeo del Eurocopter sobrevolando por encima del collado Sur a 8.000m. de altitud. Probablemente el vuelo en helicóptero más alto de la historia

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 if not try here (same video)

Now what is up? Today, NepaNews.com reports that "Eurocopter to fly chopper at record height" Eurocopter, a leading European helicopter manufacturer, is preparing to fly its helicopter at the highest altitude yet around Mt Everest. An 11-member team of pilots are in Lukla, Solukhumbu, to operate the flights at an altitude of 9,000 meters to 10,000 meters. The ‘adventure’ will begin Thursday...

Of course the helicopter the climbers have seen has already been up there. It is also not clear if this copter is the same as the plane/helicopter climbers saw the other day...

We contacted Eurcopter. We will have a more detailed report soon. But they had no knowledge of a helicopter up there last week. And no knowledge of a helicopter in Chinese air space. 

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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