Everest Open - Jagged Globe set to climb

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Just a few weeks ago Everest was thought to be off limits to climbers due to the Olympic Torch Everest bid - which meant that China closed the mountain to all other climbers. It seems that sense has prevailed and the Nepalese government has kept the South side of Everest open.

Tom Briggs from Jagged Globe reports on the Everest situation:

"The Nepalese Ministry have issued the full permit for climbing Everest from Nepal this spring (see photo).

Most teams are already trekking into the mountain on preliminary permits, which were issued last week. Teams are not allowed to operate above camp 3 (7300m) until after 10 May, by which time the Chinese would have hoped to get the Olympic torch to the summit.

Gorak Shep, Base Camp and Camp 2 will be staffed by Nepalese soldiers. If the Chinese don't get to the top by 10 May, teams from the South side will still be allowed to climb above 10 May."

Kenton Cool is taking veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes on his second Everest attempt. He is excited about the news:

"I've been issued with a preliminary permit for climbing this season on Everest - WOOHOO!!!"

Good luck to all climbers this year. Will we see a 'Free Tibet' banner on the summit?

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31 Mar, 2008
Piolet D'or to whom ever gets a "Free Tibet" banner on the summit of Everest!
31 Mar, 2008
Mikey Robinson may put a scafold on top and hang a banner to that :)
3 Apr, 2008
Piolet D'or to whom ever gets a "Free Tibet" banner on the summit of Everest and makes it back to the UK within 25 years!
3 Apr, 2008
Good to see the authorities in Nepal have seen sense.. in spite of being "persuaded" by China to close the south side of the mountain.
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