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2019 Himalayan Spring Climbing Season

❝ While winter in the Karakorum ended this weekend, with the retreat of Alex Txikon and his team to Base Camp on K2, spring in the Himalaya has officially begun.
Typically, the first sign of spring is not a robin or the equinox itself, but the puja ceremony to please the mountain gods before the Icefall Doctors begin their work at the base of Mount Everest. Eight Sherpas performed that ritual, and the pre-monsoon climbing season in Nepal’s Himalaya is underway. ❞
Himalayan Spring Roundup: Everest, Annapurna, Jannu
(2019-Mar-18) [ExplorersWeb]

I noticed that my old summary links to get quick expedition updates were getting old and ragged and it was definitely time for an update.

❝ China is to restrict the number of climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest from the north by up to one-third this year as part of a major cleanup of the world’s highest peak.
The total number of people allowed to climb from the mountain via Tibet will be limited to fewer than 300, Chinese state media reported on Monday. The climbing season will also be restricted to spring, the season in which the world’s highest mountain is almost invariably attempted. ❞
Mount Everest climber numbers face major cut as China starts cleanup
(2019-Jan-21) [The Guardian]

Mount Everest Forecast, Spring 2019
Although the climax of the Everest climbing season remains almost two months away, we can already predict a few things about spring 2019. The Climate Prediction Center suggests a 40% chance of a drier-than-normal spring and cooler temperatures for most of Tibet. This should lead to normal or slightly less-than-normal snowmelt and sunnier weather. The snowpack should remain until late in the season. ❞
Forecasting the Weather on Mount Everest
(2019-Mar-29) [ExplorersWeb]

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #286 – Mountains

Time for some music …

♫ Led Zeppelin – Misty Mountain Hop

❝ Don’t care, really don’t
Which, which way the pressure lies
So I’ve decided what I’m gonna do now
So I’m packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
Where the spirits go now
Over the hills where the spirits fly, oh, I really don’t know ❞

♫ Loretta Lynn – High On A Mountain Top

❝ High on a mountain top
We live, we love, and we laugh a lot
Folks up here know what they got
High on a mountain top
High on a mountain top ❞

♫ Jane’s Addiction – Mountain Song

❝ Comin’ down the mountain
One of many children
Everybody has
Their own opinion ❞

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Mount Buller Skyrun

Event: Mount Buller Skyrun
Distance: 22
Date: Sunday the 7th April 2019
Location: Mt Buller
Organised by: Running Wild

Join us and experience some of the most spectacular alpine trail running within close proximity of Melbourne.
The Mount Buller Skyrun offers three unique runs:
* 22 km introductory trail run from Mount Buller to Mount Stirling and back.
* 36 km mid distance course from Mount Buller to Mount Stirling and then a quad busting descent to the Delatite River before a gut wrenching 1200m climb to the summit of Mount Buller.
* 45 km ultra course which takes in Mount Stirling, Craigs Hut, great views over the Crosscut Saw and the Bluff, a scenic jog along the banks of the Delatite River and a final crushing climb to the summit of Mount Buller itself before an exhilarating 2 km descent to the finish line.

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This weeks links (2019-04-08)

Mt Buller summit cairn

In brief:

* Australians of the Year Craig Challen and Richard Harris tell Aussie kids to get active (2019-Apr-08) [ABC]

❝The Australians of the Year, famous for their high-risk Thai cave rescue, have issued a challenge to the kids of Australia — get off your phones and dare to get a few scratches. …
The pair, who played a crucial role in the rescue of 12 young Thai boys and their soccer coach in July, took their message to the waters off Perth, when they went reef diving with 20 teenage Sea Scouts.
They say the Scouts’ motto of “be prepared” is one that resonates with them.❞

* The Dawn Wall – Currently on Netflix (AUS)

* Detoxing the river: toward a swimmable Yarra (2019-Mar-01) [Foreground]
The pollution of the Yarra River, Melbourne, is legendary, but new attitudes embracing ecological interconnectedness, Indigenous knowledge and adventurous design optimism are producing collective visions of a new, swimmable city playground.

* Icefall doctors open Everest route using 20 ladders (2019-Apr-05) [The Himalayan Times]
As the world mountaineers started heading towards the Mt Everest region for acclimatisation, the icefall doctors have opened a climbing route from the Base Camp to Camp II.


* What it’s like competing in the ‘race that eats its young’ (2019-Apr-08) [SBS]

❝ The conch’s toll elicited just one major response in Australian ultra runner Isobel Ross who took to the Barkley Marathons start line for the first time two weekends ago.
“I got goosebumps because that was something I’d dreamed about for so long,” she said. ❞


* Paris-Roiubaix on SBS Viceland [SBS|Cycling Central]
Paris-Roubaix streams live online from 6:15pm AEST at Cycling Central and the SBS OnDemand apps with TV coverage starting at 9:30pm AEST on SBS Viceland.

Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – John Steele Adventurer – Single Episodes [Internet Archive]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
First broadcast in 1949, John Steele, Adventurer was a thriller/drama that wasn’t considered a major force in the world of radio although it is considered to have offered great entertainment. Jungles and deserts made up the eerie background sounds of the series that featured Don Douglas as John Steele.
John Steele was the type of roving adventurer and thrill seeker who held various jobs in exotic locations. Among his career paths were country sheriff, special agent in Turkey and a ship’s captain.
The stories were narrated by a friend of Steele’s, with Steele making cameo appearances throughout. Ted Mallie, of The Shadow and I Love a Mystery announcing fame also landed the job of the announcer for John Steele, Adventurer, which featured Elliot Drake as the director. …

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Otium (Latin, n.) /ˈəʊtɪəm/
Otium, a Latin abstract term, has a variety of meanings, including leisure time in which a person can enjoy eating, playing, resting, contemplation and academic endeavors.
Otium can be a temporary time of leisure, that is sporadic. Leisure; free time; ease.
Origin: Early 17th century. From classical Latin ōtium leisure, freedom from business, ease, peace; of uncertain origin.

📷 King River, Mansfield State Forest (Victorian High Country)

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