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  1. It's a long article about Mount Everest and about the Khumbu, published last weekend. Some people here may take an interest: "Conservationists campaign to close Everest" Link => Should Everest be closed?
  2. My fault, I guess. I assumed people would click one or two of the links. This is what it says below the picture in the MSNBC article: With this being the explanation given by Die Zeit: The British Isles are in the image to give a better idea of the scale of this development; not everyone has a fairly good idea of the size of it all. Hence the British Isles-drawing. You knew, didn't you? You have a dislike for the Brits by any chance? Would you have preferred to see Norway there instead? Well, just as long as you don't ask for China...
  3. . August 2005 . . . . compared to . . . . August 2006 Schwindsüchtige Arktis - Die Zeit Greenland ice sheet melting faster: study - Reuters Satellite views show big gaps in Arctic ice - MSNBC.com Frightening idea. Humans (people) will try to adapt and survive such BIG changes, but what about the animals? Such as the polar bears who are having an ever decreasing territory, ever more trouble to survive and with some of them actually drowning... The Poles - Polar bear attacks: A good reason to choose Antarctica instead of the Arctic .
  4. Hi Kjiver, hi Lyngve, Yes, I agree it's a big, big shame. And for Nepal too if this goes on, because in the meantime some agencies have started to behave rather unfriendly, if not rude, on a few travelboards. (I'll be the first to admit that some trekkers and myself as well haven't been very polite either lately on these boards all the time, but nevertheless). It seems that quite a number of the real "established, well-to-do" Kathmandu agencies don't care the least about independent trekkers. In fact, some begin suggesting that they don't care at all if the independent trekkers would a
  5. Hi all Lóvely thread: the reports, the many photos! And Gunnar, I want to thank you for you've made my day with that photo of the dog (I presume) at "Marco e Rosa-hytta"! I've seldom seen a picture só beautiful: the animal, the composition, and the colours... Thánk you for sharing it here!
  6. ^ ^ ^ up you go 387 signatures up till now: LINK No discussion here, which is not really surprising since Fjellforum's main focus is of course not trekking in Nepal. But over on other travelboards for trekking in Nepal's Himalayas, unfortunately it's really one, big, sad mess of discussions, confusions and irritations: mainly because nobody manages to make the Nepalese authorities give clear, solid information on what to expect as of October 1. If any marketing school wants to study a clear example of "how do I kill a part of my tourism industry?", they should study the imp
  7. Following Ragnar's post about Satelitte-phones and Emergency Beacons, and in respect of general discussion about travelling (hiking) alone. Here is another idea in respect of improving safety, by using a device for communication with the outside world: Safety text Note: I'm amazed, if not shocked, to read on its present homepage now that the system would be temporarily "off-air" due to a kind of upgrading. If that means that for a few days the whole Safety Text-system is down, that surely is bad news and a sign of amateurism, I think, that's unforgiveable with these type of security
  8. This topic is new to this board, but heavily discussed on several other travelboards ever since mid July. BACKGROUND Nepal announced the introduction of a Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC), to be obtained through government-authorized trekking agencies only, implying the need to tell in advance exactly where you'll be going, and POSSIBLY also implying that as of October 1st people cannot a] hire their own guide and/or porter(s) anymore, and b] are not allowed anymore to trek (hike) alone ("independently"). This "alone" not necessarily meaning alone = solo, but: without of
  9. In respect of satphones, here are links & quotes re. some fairly new articles on Mounteverest.net. I hope you don't mind they're added here; I don't know if this is plain "advertising", and moreover I haven't really looked in the Terms of Use of Fjellforum re. (somewhat) commercial postings. I'm just intrigued that for not more than 130 grams, you can carry a genuine satellitephone with you. I think they used to be a whole lot heavier, and probably bigger too. [Hidden Content] [Hidden Content] Will add another link/article re
  10. I guess so too Tom, in the first place because - as far as I know - nobody ever reported seeing her anymore. And from the accounts of her arrival in Lom and later in Spiterstulen with her trip to Galdhøpiggen, she seemed to be a woman who would easily make some contact and chat a bit with people she would meet on a trail. And they would remember her... By the way, it doesn't really surprise me she turned back halfway during the attempt to climb Galdhøpiggen. I mean, it can't be thát easy - Galdhøpiggen - if a real Khumbu-Sherpa was employed for many years as a guide on that mountain, the
  11. Besseggen (so the rather spectacular Besseggen Ridge) was - according to information that later emerged from The Netherlands (see the other, long thread) - indeed on her itinerary. Not so strange, of course, considering that this was her first visit ever to Jotunheimen. It seems to me that you are assuming she had an accident while on her way still, from Spiterstulen, towards the Besseggen Ridge (or "direction south-east"). And there is no evidence, it seems, that - on the contrary - she was on her way back towards Leirvassbu or Spiterstulen/Lom already. A week later (on Saturday) she was e
  12. Being no medical expert nor a Jotunheimen expert, what I want to say is this: Apparently the press was informed that the most likely cause of death was drowning. So let's take that information for a fact. It seems that if people drown, their lungs will be filled with water. But if they die before their body somehow "arrives" in the water (due to whatever reasons), it seems that a pathologist can see the difference. Because even when people are fully unconscious, they will still keep breathing. That activity is controlled by "the most primary" part of our brains: breathing. In this case, w
  13. I must confess I don't quite understand what you're referring to Ragnar, as the photo of Muru ending into Lake Gjende still has its original URL at present. But it's late here meanwhile, and whatever you decide to do: it's okay. And thank you.
  14. With all due respect, but though "my Norwegian" certainly has improved, it would be far too risky to interpret everything the two of you said in here (Tom & El Gringo). At the same time though, I am aware this has all been a matter for the Lom police, and they don't need my opinion. I've read comments this past week on a great many messageboards, newssites and forums, comments regarding where the body was discovered. Many comments are from people who wonder why tourists decide to visit environments like Jotunheimen all alone. There's a lot of (cheap) criticism in that respect. And th
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