Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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Everest weather denies Olympic torch summit bid – so far

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This is great. You can follow the diary of a BBC journalist stuck on Everest and forced to report on this debacle as it unfolds. Check it out here.

Over the past week it has become clear that the following information
is considered classified by the Chinese: firstly, the number of
climbers and composition of the mountaineering team; secondly, how long
it is likely to take the team to get to the top; thirdly, and most
importantly, any information on the weather.

It is this last refusal which is driving many of us to distraction.

A particularly fun new game is to march off unannounced for a walk.The challenge is then to spot the poor individual who has been sent to keep an eye on us.
They are usually seen breathlessly clambering a nearby ridge or cruising past in very slow-moving car.

Here’s a little update from CNN:

Chinese officials said at a Monday media briefing that winds gusts
were measured up to 140 mph (225 km/h) on Everest’s north slope, making
a climb too treacherous to attempt. A snow storm buried camps erected
along the route, an official said.

Secrecy kept journalists at
the base camp from knowing when the climb to Everest’s peak — 8,850
meters (29,035 feet) above sea level — might begin.