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Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jun 2, 2011 - 11:54pm PT
Unfortunately they could not get permission to walk up the valley which led to the mountain!

I wonder if the centralized authority which originally granted them permission was responsible for this or it was in fact some local authority in the vicinity? And I wonder on what grounds they denied permission to the valley?
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jun 2, 2011 - 11:57pm PT
why does every mountain have to be climbed?

Because its there,of course.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 2, 2011 - 11:57pm PT
why don't you ask Phil Trimble?
http://www.law.ucla.edu/faculty/all-faculty-profiles/emeritiprofessors/Pages/phillip-r-trimble.aspx
report back here...
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jun 2, 2011 - 11:59pm PT
Thanks. I might just do that out of sheer curiousity.
Not tonight however. And I shall report back in due course
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jun 3, 2011 - 07:56am PT
quite the cast of characters on that thing back in the eighties!

The Bhutanese are no dumbies, it seems.
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Jun 3, 2011 - 09:05am PT
namche barwa?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2011 - 06:54pm PT
Thanks everyone, especially Ed and Jan, for your contributions. I've learnt a bunch of stuff.

Namche Barwa was long the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, at the east end of the Himalayas, in the great bend of the Tsangpo. IIRC, the Japanese climbed it some years ago. Bet it wasn't cheap, and definitely hard to get to.

Nanga Parbat, at the west end of the great ranges, rises from the Indus River to the summit, something like 7,000 m in 15 km, and it's similar at the other end. Serious topography.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jun 3, 2011 - 10:19pm PT
Bhutan actually gets most of its revenue for providing hydro electric power to India. The reason they charge tourists and climbers so much is to keep the riff raff away. The prime minister is quoted as saying they've seen what happened in Nepal and don't want to repeat that.

Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jun 3, 2011 - 10:21pm PT
Himalayan people say that if you want your children, livestock or crops to grow, you worship the mountain gods. If you are concerned about your next reincarnation and the quest for enlightenment, you pray to Buddhist gods.

There have been a number of cases in the Himalaya where local people prevented climbing in spite of official permission since they believe it angers the gods who then cause misfortune for the surrounding locals. When Tasker and Boardman climbed the lower summit of Tseringma/Gauri Shankar, they stopped 30 feet short of the summit and bowed to the goddess and no ill effects were reported (See Boardman's book, Sacred Summits).

However, a couple of weeks after Roskelly trampled around on the highest summit of Gauri Shankar, a glacial lake on her flanks burst and the ensuing flood in Rolwaling killed one woman and seriously injured two others and they've been having glofs ever since. They've also been petitioning the Nepalese government to put Tseringma off limits ever since.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jun 3, 2011 - 11:42pm PT
What Mountain Am I?
I'm some obscure little boulder that isn't worth climbing.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2011 - 11:22pm PT
Should we have another contest sometime soon? It seems that time of year.

Don't forget, you can start your own contest.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
I shall report back in due course

I wonder when Donald will report in? Is he busy walking his border collie - more accurately, is the border collie busy walking him?
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jan 19, 2012 - 10:04pm PT
Hey I've been busy IDing other mountains. Well, sort of.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1724816/New-Route
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2012 - 11:27pm PT
What!? You've been posting to political threads again, haven't you?

HAVEN'T YOU?

FOCUS, man! Think like a border collie, laser eyes on the target, undivertable.
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jan 19, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Wait...now I can see...its clear now, my focus is returning...and what do I see.... indivertible as undivertable

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

It does not pay generously to be "aware".


especially Ed and Jan,

Hey it was I that picked the mountain.
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