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China to build highway on Mt Everest to ease torch relay

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:26 pm
by nosmo

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:36 pm
by micky
Seems a bit exaggerated, looks like they are basically just re-tarring an old road to the base of the mountain.

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:39 pm
by Stu
I thought there already was a highway up to Everest :wink:

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:55 pm
by micky
More interesting is the guy walking up there in his undies. I wonder how he is doing? :mrgreen:

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:43 pm
by nosmo
From http://www.guardian.co.uk/china/story/0 ... 25,00.html
Running up to the base camp at 5,200 metres altitude, the highest of high roads will be a black-top tarmac route with guardrails
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Maybe not just retarring some road, but thanks for taking the time to post a comment without finding some info first.

Yeah Stu, its the N3. :D

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:35 pm
by micky
ah only read the first link

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:21 am
by Rastaman
Next step will be a paved walkway with guard rails to the summit.
They should ban the use of oxygen when climbing, this will reduce the number of potential climbers hugely and sort out the rubbish problem of hundreds of empty O2 bottles everywhere.
Sadly man's greed means that this will never happen.
Perhaps our grandchildren will be able to ride a pressurised train up to the summit?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:00 am
by Hawkman
I think it's a very good idea. I mean how else are overweight, unfit yanks going to get up there? :roll:

On the flip side it keeps the pressure off other places like K2, Baltoro etc. Anyone want to help me build an escalator or lift on Trango or Torres del Paine?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:06 pm
by JonoJ
Who wants to buy in with me, for the rights to the first high altitude McDonalds hike-thru!?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:52 pm
by guest
maybe they'll build a cable car to the top and have a McDonalds there. Imagine the huge Coca Cola sign you could erect up there. Then you could have casinos and brothels down below, with day trips to the highest place in the world, but by then it wont be, because Pepsi will then build a huge tower on K2 with an even higher McDonalds!!!

It's all just a fat w@nk anyways, the whole 7 summits etc. I think its great that finally they are trying to maximise their resources and make it easier for this huge tourist attraction to be easier accessed. It will create jobs in the process, and will make my trip to the summit one day easier to tolerate.
They should ban the use of oxygen when climbing, this will reduce the number of potential climbers hugely and sort out the rubbish problem of hundreds of empty O2 bottles everywhere.
Unfortunately, they'd need to ban people from the mountain too. It's not just the O2 bottles all over the place, it's the piles of trash, old gear and dead bodies too. I personally think it's a disgrace that people can be so selfish that they'd leave their litter behind. It got up there somehow, surely the same means need to be used to get it down. Sadly though, it seems rather unregulated, and the local government is more set on permits than management.

Oh well, once the global warming kicks in properly, I'm sure the jet stream will shift and the possibility of Everest becoming an overnight hike is a good one.

We should all chip in and sponsor Drifter to climb up Everest, then pay someone to switch his O2 tank with a CO2 one.