High China news: Everest true altitude in August, big wall in April|
May 18, 2005 18: 03 EST
Previously published Apr 28, 2005 16: 59 EST
China is blowing up these days. Not only the population, but also the standard of living. Productivity and a zest for adventure are taking off in the huge nation. Gearing up for the 2008 Olympics, the country is polishing Everest to make it sparkle for the Olympic flame!
From the horse's mouth
The challenge is two-fold; clean the mountain and measure its true height.
Outdoor Exploration (a big climbing magazine in China), is exchanging content with ExWeb. The mag ran a story about the best of ExWeb 2004 expeditions, and in return, we got an update a week back on the current Chinese activities in the Himalaya.
Survey results in August
Demin Ma, the Outdoor editor, writes that the Everest measurement expedition plans to move all the tech stuff up to 5,800 meters by April 30th. By May 10th, the Tibet mountaineering party plans to hit 8,300 meters. They’ll launch a summit push anytime between May 10-30, depending on the weather window.
At the summit, they'll install the survey beacon, and transmit the GPS data to the nation's satellite navigation on-line observation. The beacon will collect altitude and weather data June 1-10, to be analyzed June 10-20 when all members of the survey expedition withdraw to Lhasa.
Sometime between June 20th and August, the survey data will be analyzed by computer, and Everest's precise elevation will finally be determined.
Big wall news
Other Chinese climbing news is a climb scheduled for the 700 m big wall on Huashan’s (2,087 meters) northwest face. The wall has seen numerous attempts by climbers from countries such as Japan, France, and Spain in recent years, writes the magazine, but none have succeeded.
In 2004, Chinese rock climber Xinan Liu and DeChao Liu went on a reconnaissance trip to the peak to explore a possible route up the west wall. After a long preparation, Xinan Liu, DeChao Liu, Jiang Qiu and Bin Wang headed to the wall April 15th to climb their route.
The expedition, called "2005 Outdoor Exploration Magazine B-Team", will try to climb the Huashan northwest face rock wall. The route is expected to take 4-5 days - divided in 12-15 pitches. The Outdoor Exploration magazine will have a report on the climb in its 2005 6th issue. (For ExWeb by Demin Ma)
Image, survey system demonstrated in a three-dimensional view of Mount Qomolangma (Everest), and Huashan (2,087 meters) north west face courtesy of Outdoor Exploration.