Trekkers stranded by bad weather on Mount Everest

11:01 a.m. on November 4, 2011 (EDT)
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15589982

 

See what happens when a bunch of bipeds get together to play follow the guides and porters and Sherpa’s up the really tall mountain. Silly, silly hominids ;-}>

 

1:15 p.m. on November 4, 2011 (EDT)
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I am sure glad I am not going in fall but spring. Most of those people are going for fall trekking as summits of Everest in November are not normal. Spring is normal, and late May is the weather limit for summit attempts. These folks don't usually even stay over a base camp, they go, look, turn around, climb Kala Pattar and head down. That is 18,500 feet max elevation for the fall tourist treks.

8:47 p.m. on November 4, 2011 (EDT)
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I wish we heard more about the folks climbing K2 (and other difficult climbs like in Touching the Void).  I want to hear about climbing, climbers, and climber stories.  No offense meant to anyone hitting Everest, but snore.

8:52 p.m. on November 4, 2011 (EDT)
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There are many books about many mountains. The story here is not about the mountain, but about the tourists and the treks. No ascent happening here.

10:10 p.m. on November 4, 2011 (EDT)
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Zeno Marx said:

I wish we heard more about the folks climbing K2 (and other difficult climbs like in Touching the Void).  I want to hear about climbing, climbers, and climber stories.  No offense meant to anyone hitting Everest, but snore.

The library and book stores have the texts, the American Alpine club, The Seattle Mountaineers are two organizations that one can comb for the info you crave. There are also several internet sites such as SummitPost.org, you can monitor for current and recent mountaineering exploits.

Ed

2:21 p.m. on November 6, 2011 (EST)
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It is possible to hike out from Lukla and get a bus back to Kathmandu. I forget how long it takes, but I did in Jan '81, and quite enjoyed it after a couple of weeks of bumming round the Everest region in winter. Might be preferable to sleeping in overcrowded lodges and waiting for a flight.

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