Comments: You might notice we are using the word
"plans", or even "hopes to"
attempt, or "applied for a permit" this year. After 9/11
we expect expeditions to Nepal and Pakistan to be down
50% or more. Expeditions to Pakistan have
clearly been hurt the worst. In many ways this is a
real shame, as Pakistan as a government and most of
the people of Pakistan has sided with those against
the terrorists. Pakistani tour operators are clearly
in the camp of Peace and against the terrorists.
Therefore it is sad to see Pakistan tour operator
having what we expect will be a horrible year in
has suggested to organizations such as the "Year of the
Mountain" that they work with the tour operators in
Pakistan and the companies in Nepal to create
interesting options for trekkers and climbers. The
"Year of the Mountain" appears as it will be
a major failure at this point.
is still time for the "Year of the Mountain"
organization to create some real solutions and support
the tours operators in Pakistan, companies in Nepal
and all expedition companies around the world, if they
focus on real solutions and not a bureaucracy. Let's hope they are watching and take these critical
remarks to heart.
other "issue" that appears wide spread is what
we are referring to internally here as "sponsor
fear". We know numerous climbers who want
to climb this year in Pakistan and Nepal, but instead
of having expeditions sponsored as normal; the
climbers do not even have enough sponsors for
themselves to join an expedition at this point!
"Sponsor fear" is very widely spread along
the world. We can't say we totally understand the
reasons behind "sponsor fear". The other
major issue the economic recession in American and in much of the world. Climbers in some cases have lost
look for many expeditions to be announced this year
as "planned" or "hopes to". How
many will actually happen? We will just have to wait to
see. I think we have heard around 7 expeditions who
want to go to K2 in 2002. The normal deadline for submitting
the paperwork was last October! While we would be surprised
if Pakistan turns away climbers who pays the fee, time
is starting to tick away... Stay Tuned...
EverestNews.com, we expect to cover a wide range of
expeditions on Everest this spring as normal, but
expect far fewer and smaller Everest expeditions than
in the past 2-3 years. On the other 8000 meter peaks, we
have a great diverse group of Expeditions we
think you will enjoy. However, in some cases we might
be covering the only expedition on the mountain this
year, rather than just one of many !
things are in Mountaineering after 9/11...