Image of George Patterson in Scotland courtesy of George Patterson and The Long Riders Guild (click to enlarge).
Image ExplorersWeb files.
ExWeb received requests to remove from its website the official CTMA note.
Influence of politics was so massive in 2008 that ExWeb had to lift Everest out of the regular Year in Review. The site was flooded from China and while origin of the latest DDoS attack was also traced to China, the poll was spammed from Russia.
The Tibetans wrote desperate messages on scraps of paper, handing them to western tourists. One monk was reported saying in a broken English, "Lhasa, monks, take pictures."
In spite of denials only two days earlier; on March 12, Nepalese Tourism Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung announced that also the south side of Everest would be closed for climbing during the torch relay.
Chinese embassy officials directed Nepalese soldiers handling Tibetan demonstrators in Kathmandu and spit on an American who took photos. (Photo: ICT)
People sent images over mobile phones from Lhasa to outfox the media blackout. Image courtesy of gangkyi.com.
About 80 dead, four monks torching themselves, a monastery badly damaged, and Chinese buildings set ablaze were reported from Lhasa on March 14, 2008. Already in April 1998 Thupten Ngodup (images) self-immolated as protest against the lack of international attention to the plight of Tibet.
With sole control over state, party and military in China - Hu Jintao has the world's largest standing army, and around 200 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles capable of hitting US, Russia and Europe. (From ExWeb's China special - Putting faces on China's violence: Sweet Hu, the Butcher, and the Rottweiler.)
Tibet TV via Reuters Television footage shows riot police standing in line behind arrested protesters at an unknown location March 20, 2008.
Mass executions in Lhasa on March 16th? When ExWeb published this image along with the question, Chinese sources stated the photo is of "murderers and prostitues." Image courtesy of FreeRepublic.com.
Yahoo China pasted a "most wanted" poster of Tibetans across its homepage, where Chinese authorities provided a phone number for informants. Photos of the 'rioters' were posted on Yahoo and MSN. French Observer24 blurred out the faces.
We didn't fly because foreigners are not allowed to fly," reported two climbers, "by a new law of the Nepal aviation authority in relation with the unstable situation in Tibet." Image by the climbers of the remote Manaslu (click to enlarge).
ExWeb had followed them for years: Prachanda during a press conference (left), and a Maoist cadre chasing Kathmandu residents after the locals objected Maoist pressure to provide them with free food and shelter last year. Images by Mercantile Communications Pvt. Ltd. / Nepal News (click to enlarge).
ExplorersWeb image of a trekker's Maoist receipt. For years, the maoists extorted climbers. In 2006, Everest exp leader Alex Abramov and his guide were attacked and injured by Maoist hand grenades.
Undercover journalists who called hospitals in China have been promised organs the very next day, or a few weeks at the most. Screenshot from BBC video (click to enlarge).
Screenshot from faluninfo.net video showing "customers" speaking with Chinese hospitals (click to enlarge).
Above three images from ExWeb's special story "A new evil in our world."
ExplorersWeb's "Climbers Without Borders" hotline allowed climbers, their relatives and friends to report anonymously from the mountain.
Pictures arrived of Chinese security guards and plain clothes Chinese police on the Nepal side of Everest and a helicopter carrying Chinese officials inspecting Everest BC.
Everest south side Snipers packing up after the north side torch relay. (Click to enlarge).
A Nepali ExWeb reader scanned this KTM press article about the expelled American climber (click to enlarge).
Postcard sent to ExWeb after the Chinese/Tibetan climbing team's "final 8000er" in Pakistan last year. The climbers however only did Broad Peak's foresummit so the number war 13, not 14. (Click to enlarge).
Image of the surprising leader of the 2008 Everest Olympic torch team Wang Yongfeng; a representative of the Chinese Mountaineering Association in Beijing. Image of Wang courtesy of the Olympic website.
Kalapattar is a short hike from Everest south side BC and offers a good view of Everest summit, as shown in this ExWeb pic from 1999. On May 5, 2008, the Chinese stated that 3 climbers had topped out Everest from the north side. Everest south side mountaineers watching the attempt live from the summit of Kalapattar said the team had overcome the Second Step, but then a storm forced them down.
Close up of sign telling Everest south side climbers to stay away from the Lhotse wall (above C2).
Following certain stories, ExWeb was spammed minute by minute. The spam was different from the "regular crop."
With the spams, followed emails. (Click to enlarge).
Messages notified that ExWeb's domains were to be registered in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The Olympic games in Beijing were attended by most heads of states and business celebrities such as President Bush and Bill Gates. Putin was there too, mostly busy sending troops to Georgia.
Inaki Ochoa, one of the few mountaineers who took a clear stand against the Olympics in Beijing lost his life on Annapurna. A few months later, Pavle Kozjek - the first mountaineer to send pictures from Nangpa La - perished on Trango Tower. Luis Benitez, who blew the whistle on the Cho Oyu shootings, was forced out from Himalaya by his guiding peers. Yet already, new climbers are speaking up for Tibet.

ExplorersWeb 2008 Year in Review Special: Everest, Tibet and China

Posted: Jan 12, 2009 05:28 am EST


Influence of politics was so massive on mountaineering this year we had to lift Everest out of the regular Year in Review. Yet the events were so remarkable they should not fall into oblivion. Here thus an ExWeb 2008 YIR second edition, with focus Everest, Tibet and China. Regural WIR will resume next Sunday.We have ommited most names to protect climbers from reprisals. This story is further not about individuals but about issues affecting us all. Olympic promisesIn order to get the Olympic Games, China had promised to...