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Title: Everest no longer considered highest mountain!!! K2 is higher & a '7 summit'!!
Post by: 7summits on Apr 1 2004, 19:46
We just received information from the Nasa Geo team (http://pao.gsfc.nasa.gov/gsfc/service/gallery/fact_sheets/fsheet.htm) (backed up by this  news source (http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/breakroom/stories/040104brshopping.d98a343d.html)) that Everest has been remeasured using GPS and satellite laser technologies. The new measurements show that Everest is not 8850m high, but 8712.8m.

What's more, using the same technique (and the same satellite, so error is not in the tools) K2 is not 8611m, but 8738.5m.

This means that Everest is no longer the highest mountain on earth !!!


So K2 is the highest mountain in Asia and therefore one of the seven summits! This has serious consequences for the 7summits list: we are currently cross-checking the K2 summitlist with our  combined 7summits statistics (http://7summits.com/info/7stats/statistics_all_basic.php) to see what the new list will look like. We should have the news lists up sometime tonight, but one thing is for sure, it will be way smaller as only a handfull of the seven summiteers have climbed K2.

It appears that Reinhold Messner (http://7summits.com/info/stats2/index2.php?_=d&familyname=Messner) was the first to climb the 7summits after all!

Already the bookings for K2 have taken a huge flight and many businessmen, lawyers and doctors are trying to get in on the K2 season this summer to secure their place in the lists.

To be continued!!!
Title: More background information about K2 being the highest
Post by: 7summits on Apr 1 2004, 20:42
Here is the mailinglist message we just sent out which contains more information about the news:

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*** Breaking news: K2 higher than Everest! ***

http://7summits.com/forum/index.php?topic=381.0

Today the new results of the laser measurements of the Nasa Geo Satellite have come in and it appears that K2 is higher than Everest after all!

This debate is not new, in the 1970's air pressure measurements 'proved' that K2 was higher than Everest.
But the commercial industry has used GPS measured 'proof' that Everest was higher after all. But never did they use the actual same measuring instrument on both mountains!!

But the new Nasa Geo Satellite (which is working on a 3D scale model of the earth surface) has measured both peaks using the same laser system, using the same instrument.

Ofcourse this has great impact on the 7summits community as only about 200 people climbed K2 and only a few of the current 7summits list are amongst them!
Read all about it on the new forum:
http://7summits.com/forum/index.php?topic=381.0

More news will follow when we have crosschecked the K2- and 7-summiteers

Thanks and keep climbing,
The 7summits team.
Title: Re: Anybody seen..
Post by: t osburn on Apr 1 2004, 23:13
 O0 April fools
Title: Re: Everest no longer considered highest mountain!!! K2 is higher & a '7 summit'
Post by: 7summits on Apr 1 2004, 23:58
Latest update!

The leading Everest news website mounteverest.net has confirmed that the information is true and has followed 7summits.com in making this headline news.

They also have more news about possible solutions, read more!

http://www.mounteverest.net/story/EvrstnolongrtallstonfirmsNASAApr12004.shtml
Title: Re: Anybody seen..
Post by: april-fool on Apr 2 2004, 01:29
haha april fools!
Title: Re: Everest no longer considered highest mountain!!! K2 is higher & a '7 summit'
Post by: acetk on Apr 2 2004, 04:35
IS THIS AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE????
Title: Re: Everest no longer considered highest mountain!!! K2 is higher & a '7 summit'
Post by: Doonks on Apr 2 2004, 05:29
I live in Melbourne, Australia and as we get the world breaking news first (because we are GMT+10) I would have thought that if this was fair dunkum, it would have been splashed all over the electronic and print media. But there hasn't been a single breath of it.

I'd say April Fools Joke ...........
Title: April fools :-)
Post by: 7summits on Apr 2 2004, 11:40
Yes, I admit it, it's not completely true  ::)
It was an april fools joke and many, many people have bought it ;D

I will restore the homepage now and let you know some reactions (http://7summits.com/forum/index.php?topic=388.0) worldwide later.
thanks and keep climbing,
Harry  O0

Addition:
Read this post (http://7summits.com/forum/index.php?topic=388.0) about the background of the prank, reactions from people falling for it and screenshots of our and other sites.