We started at 7am, and drove for 12 hours through multiple mountain passes, very rural areas of
He did tell me about that-which-he-will-not-blog-about! It all sounds really exciting (and here's a picture they took with Everest in the background).
Now imagine my surprise when today's NY Times has an op-ed contribution by Michael Kodas on Mt. Everest! Those of you who have read Into Thin Air (or are mountaineering junkies like Ajit) know that it takes at least a hard week of trekking to get to Everest base camp on the Nepalese side. It's quite a different story on the Tibetan side:
... on the Chinese side almost all of the climbers have been arriving in vehicles for decades.
And within an hour of the base camp is:
A multistory hotel has been open for years now, ... with hot meals, cold beer, soft beds and a telescope aimed at the mountaintop.
And it's going to get even better... It seems the Chinese are building a:
...blacktop highway fenced with undulating guardrails...
running all the way to base camp to:
...ease the Olympic torch’s trip to the summit...
They're going to take the Olympic torch to the summit of Everest! I shouldn't be so surprised---it seems they've already done a dry run. In any case, read the rest of the article to see how Mt. Everest has become the:
...first arena, and profit center, of its Olympic Games.