As we start our look at the other
Autumn 2003 Expeditions this week that we have not
discussed so far... One expedition that is
interesting is an expedition that was cancelled.
At least one Everest expedition
planned for Everest from the Nepal side cancelled this
Autumn after obtaining a custom long term weather
forecast for the Autumn. While we can't provide you the
full forecast details since they paid for this custom
forecast, we can tell you the forecast was that this
autumn season on Everest was to be "crap".
These custom forecasts used by some of
the more established Everest expedition are much
different than the regional forecasts, that are like CNN
forecasts, used by some other commercial expeditions.
These custom forecasts have predicted
summit windows on Everest the last few years with
amazing results... While very few expeditions use them
due to the cost and availability, the custom forecasts
clearly have saved lives and digits on Everest.
So there are few Autumn expeditions
outside of Cho Oyu, which is not normally affected by
the Everest weather pattern, and
Shishapangma this Autumn. This week we will look at
the some others that are giving it a try this Autumn in
addition to the expedition we are covering in the
news, some of which are
The South Face of
Nuptse Autumn 2003 Update 3
Abele Blanc, who has
summited 13 of 14 8000 meter peaks is attempting to
finish the 14 this Autumn
ski-climbing Peak 38 expedition
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