A record 75 climbers reached the summit of Everest in one day, according to the CBC.The previous record was 63, set in 2002. The Chinese closure of the north side led climbers to get permits for the south side in Nepal. They had to wait Vacheron Constantin replica watches until the Chinese bagged the peak in early May before they could go up. A spot of good weather this week spurred a rush up the mountain. Expeditions teams reported some frustration at bottlenecks resulting from the crowds.Everest News reported that so far 136 people have summitted.
The CBC reported one death: 44-year-old Swiss climber Uwe Goltz. If estimates of roughly 400 climbers on the mountain are accurate, with roughly a little over a week left in the season, the crowds may continue. Alpine Ascents said their team waited at the fixed lines in a May 24th (they are a day ahead) blog titled, Traffic Jam Below The South Summit.It has been slow going because, like Daves group, they are caught in a traffic jam Replica Audemars Piguet watches of some people going up the fixed lines and other people who have already summitted coming down. They are still doing well, justdealing with a lot of people up there. So we are still awaiting news oftheir arrival at the South Summit, and then their traverse across to the true summit. Stay with us.--Joe Spring
US wildlife refuges are so broke that drug dealers use them to grow marijuana and process meth. The National Wildlife Refuge Association reported to Congress Thursday on the dire state of the 548 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, a Replica Chopard watches California-sized collection of parks that the association says is underfunded by 43 percent.Decreases in law enforcement, reports the AP, mean the refuges now harbor—instead of Memorial Day picnickers and wildlife—prostitution, torched cars and illegal immigrant camps along the Potomac River in suburban Washington, D.C.; gay hookups in South Carolina and Alabama; methamphetamine labs in Nevada; and pot growing operations in Washington state.Alaska, which accounts for 83 percent of the land in the refuge system, is particularly hard hit by the inadequate funding. Mad? Take action here.--Matthew Fishbane