mount everest craze
it's almost one week to the 50th anniversary of New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's successful ascent of the highest mountain on the planet at 11:30 am on 29 May 1953.. and it seems like everyone wants to "conquer" the mountain at this time for symbolic reasons! there are apparently some 150 climbers queuing up to ascent the mountain now (when the norm is more like two to three teams every season!! ) :O poor Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World..
interesting diary of the trip by BBC to retrace the steps taken in 1953 by the British Everest expedition as they made their way up to base camp in preparation for their successful ascent.. good read for those who are planning an Everest Base Camp Trek this year or next..
haha.. could even include me!! :O here's a nice somewhat close-up wall-paper quality picture of Mt Everest for those armchair trekkers among us... :)