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May 16 2003
There could be a flurry of activity on Mount Everest this weekend ahead of the 50th anniversary of its conquest, as powerful winds have delayed the 25 expeditions hoping to climb the world's highest peak.
Westerly winds of up to 120kph have blown some two dozen tents off Everest Base Camp since last week, said tourism ministry officials, who did not report any injuries.

The severe weather has forced summitters - including a Sherpa hoping to break the record for the fastest climb - to wait idly in front of their 8,848-metre task.

"In the past, heavy snowfall used to be the impediment at Everest, but now strong winds are the great problem," said Nepalese Flight Captain Bed Upreti, 37, who was at the base camp last week.

"The climbers can't even go outside so they're spending their time watching TV, playing cards or sitting around gossiping," Upreti said on his return to Kathmandu.


The mountaineers are hoping to climb Everest by the May 29 golden jubilee of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa's conquest of the mountain.

The delayed climbers include Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, who at age 37 has already climbed Mount Everest nine times. He is hoping to conquer the peak within 15 hours, setting a new record, according to the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

The standing record is 16 hours, 56 minutes set in 2000 by Babu Chhiri, who died a year later when he tried to climb Everest a 12th time.

Twenty-four climbers from a joint team of the Nepalese and Indian armies are also stuck at base camp.

Nepal is heavily promoting the Everest golden jubilee in a bid to draw tourism, which has been hit by a Maoist insurgency.

AFP


This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/15/1052885352008.html

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