The Rest of Everest: Special Report on Tibet

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I never try to hide my enjoyment of the Rest of Everest video podcast in my blog. It’s easily my favorite podcast out there, and one that I try to highlight when a new episode is released. Over the course of 75 video episodes, Producer Jon Miller has done a great job in showing us all the elements that go into climbing Everest, and more recently he’s taken us on a cultural tour of both Nepal and Tibet. Today Jon has released a Special Report on the recent and ongoing situation in Tibet that is both interesting and informative.

Joining Jon in this audio only podcast is is Alan Arnette who announced today this his Everest climb, which was scheduled for the North Side, is still on, although it has now switched to the South Side. He’ll be packing for Nepal this weekend and leaving early next week, as scheduled.

Both Jon and Alan have a lot of experience with the region and in Tibet itself, and it’s interesting to hear their take on what is happening there now. They share their thoughts on China’s influence on Tibet and the Government’s control of the flow of information in and out of the country as well as how they treat the people of Tibet.

They go on to talk about China shutting down the North Side of Everest, and how it has influenced the climbing community. This is Alan’s third attempt on Everest and he has some excellent thoughts on what it takes to climb the mountain. He and Jon do a very good job explaining the issues that logistics of climbing in the region, and the impact of China’s shutdown of the North Side.

If you’re interested in what’s going on in Tibet on a human rights level, or if you want to know more about the climbing aspects, then this episode will really help shed some light on what’s going on there. You can grab it from the Rest of Everest page or directly from iTunes.

Kraig Becker

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