Why the Height of Mount Everest May Change Soon

Why the Height of Mount Everest May Change Soon
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A group of eight researchers from China finally summited Mount Everest on Wednesday, May 27. One of only two climbing teams on the mountain this year, they were there for a very specific purpose—to take the most accurate measurement to date of the world’s tallest point. 

The COVID-19 pandemic nixed the spring climbing season before it got started. China canceled foreign climbing permits from the Tibet side of the mountain in March, and Nepal followed suit for the south side of the peak a day later. However, as China began to control the spread of the disease, the government allowed two groups to make the climb: the surveyors and a commercial expedition run by Chinese outfitter Yarlha Shampo.

The group of surveyors initially planned to make a summit bid on May 12, but weather conditions prevented a team from fixing the rope on the last stage of the route, so they returned to Base Camp. On May 16, expedition leaders decided .... Continue Reading at Outside Online



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