Two Chinese teams on Everest launched their summit bids earlier this week. Pixabay photo.
After Nepal and China completely blocked foreign access to Mt. Everest for this climbing season during the COVID-19 pandemic, two Chinese teams were allowed on the mountain. One team is a commercial expedition, while the other is a group of researchers who are there to make the most accurate survey the mountain yet while there is no traffic on the peak. With bad weather keeping teams in Base Camp for the past few weeks, a window has finally opened up and both teams set out Monday to push for the summit.
A rope fixing crew had managed to put in fixed lines to 8600 meters according to The Adventure Blog, but were turned around due to high winds up high. They will climb ahead of their other team members to finish putting in lines to the summit. If all goes to plan, the climbers should summit by the end of the week.
These views will still be here after this all blows over. Now is not the time for a desert vacation. Max Ritter photo. Earlier this week, the Southeast Utah Health Department issued an order closing lodging facilities and campgrounds around Moab to visitors, in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 by stopping the flow of outside visitors. Moab and the surrounding area are traditionally full of visitors looking to rock climb, mountain bike, or visit National Parks this time of year.
Everest as seen from China. Wikipdia photo. While Mt. Everest might be closed to foreigners, a single Chinese commercial climbing expedition has been on the mountain for the past few weeks acclimatizing and waiting for a weather window to make a summit push. If they succeed, it would likely make them the only humans to stand on the planet’s high point this year. There has been little Everest news as of late, minus that involving 5G towers, but according to the Adventure Blog, the Chinese
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