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 2002 Expedition Plans

Editorial 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 2002.

EverestNews.com 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. 

There 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.

The 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 their jobs!

Therefore, 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...

On 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 !

So things are in Mountaineering after 9/11... 

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