Friday 14 March 2008

The Agreement

There is an agreement that the South side teams will not summit before 10th May, to allow the Chinese time to do their Olympic torch thing. This doesn’t stop anyone with permits climbing the mountain on the south side - it's just they can't summit before the 10th. However on the North side the Chinese are not allowing anyone in until after the 10th May to avoid any congestion, which is obviously way too late to acclimatise and climb within the usual safer weather periods. MB

Tuesday 11 March 2008

It's Now The South Side

NEWS: This morning, China announced it is restricting world mountaineers from climbing Everest and Cho Oyu. Only Chinese climbers will be allowed, carrying the Olympic torch to the summit in a supposed celebration of sportsmanship and Olympic ideals. The Chinese have revoked all team permits from climbing Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhakpa Ri & North Col for this year. The official line: "concern of heavy climbing activities, crowded climbing routes and increasing environmental pressures will cause potential safety problems in Qomolangma areas (included Mt. Cho-Oyu) in this Spring season, the limited capacity of reception in addition, we are not ability to accept your expedition, so please postpone your climbing project to after 10th May. For this please accept our deeply regret." So we're going to see if we can climb the South Side, like everyone else.