Sunday, August 2, 2009

Not even the top of the Himalayas

Once, in Scarsdale, Baba revealed to his lovers an upcoming catastrophe in which many would die. Fred Winterfeldt mentioned someone who, in order to protect his family and himself from the destruction Baba had foretold, wanted to establish a home high in the mountains and stock it with provisions. Baba interrupted, stating emphatically, "No place will be safe, not even the top of the Himalayas! Only by the grace of God can one be saved." (1952 - LM 3880)

On 29 May 1953, ten months after Baba made this statement, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of the Himalayas (which happens to be Mount Everest) for the first time.
  • The last year that no one reached the top of Mount Everest was 1974.
  • The largest number to reach the top of Mount Everest in a single day was 40, on 10 May 1993.
  • On 24 May 2000 Apa Sherpa became the first person to climb Everest 11 times.
Permanent base camp on Mt. Everest is a virtual town
Mt. Everast

Above, a row of food and lodging tents are permanently camped at Everest Base Camp in Tibet. It will be several more months before this scene will be awash with snow, a crowd of colorful tents and climbers hopeful to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Crowding on Everest as veteran climber sets records (Roundup)
South Asia News
May 16, 2007

Kathmandu - A veteran Sherpa mountain guide Wednesday scaled the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, for a record 17th time, beating his own record, as 21 other climbers reached the summit, the Nepalese government confirmed.

The Nepalese Ministry of Tourism said the ascent by Appa Sherpa created two records on the mountain on Wednesday.

Appa, who is 46 and had come out of retirement, reached the summit along with six other members of his Super Sherpa Expedition.

His team member and record holder for the fastest climb, Lakpa Gelu Sherpa, reached the summit for the 13th time.

Rockford native makes good on Mt. Everest promise with Stephen Colbert
July 2, 2009 10:53 PM CDT

ROCKFORD (WREX) - A Rockford native proves when he makes a promise he keeps it. The deal Ed Viesturs made involves a flag, Mt. Everest, and one of Comedy Central's most popular shows.

Viesturs has been to Everest 11 times, and made it to the top 7. We've told you Ed's story before. Last time, the East High School graduate had just released a book recapping his climbs up the 14 tallest mountains in the world. He's the first american to do that, all without carrying an oxygen tank up with him. "I've always had different unique opportunities that kind of took me back to Everest," Viesturs says...

Viesturs presented Colbert a picture of him with the flag on top of Everest on Thursday night's Colbert Report.

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