Last updated: May 07 2008

Dreams on Hold for Andrew?

Andrew Brash Update

Andrew Brash, Knowledge Bureau Faculty member is in the middle of climbing purgatory. The issues in Tibet and China's desire to take the Olympic flame to the top of Mt. Everest has had an impact on climbers from around the world.

While the flame makes its way to the summit on the Tibet (north) side, the entire mountain has been 'closed'. This includes the Nepal side, leaving Andrew and his team in limbo.

"Yes, as if any year on Everest wasn't weird, I've had to make special mention that this year really is peculiar. Guns, army, ambassadors, foreign secretaries ... admittedly there hasn't been much else to do but read while we wait for a certain group of people to summit this mountain on a certain route, carrying a certain piece of flaming hardware to the top. A tall order they've given themselves, let's face it, and it's the reason we're now waiting the strangeness out in the teahouse village of Dingboche. I have to say though, that I'm glad I'm here giving this a go and not sitting on the sidelines at home. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say.", Andrew writes in his latest online posting.

Further, Andrew writes: "Uncertainty, glumness, irritability - staples of any expedition, are now rising forces in base camp (thus the escape). If the bit of fire doesn't arrive at the top very soon, climbers waiting for restrictions to be lifted on the south side of the big E will face big odds against summiting. Crowding on the route will be grim and time is going to be strained to the point where not everyone will get their chance this time around ... you really do have to wonder just how unpleasant things are going to get."

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