Giant on the move
Dave (& Mark & Nick), the torch and Everest – Day 11
Well, we are still here. Invited as we were to cover this amazing event, we have been kept at the press centre located near Everest Base Camp for over one week now, and still we do not know the answers to a basic, important question – Where is the Olympic torch now?
Frustrations are obviously still running high, and at 5200 Metres altitude, that frustration is unfortunately multiplied.
Sitting at breakfast this morning, the remaining foreign press contingent decided we would list the good things about our situation, rather than just dwell on the obvious annoyances. This is what we came up with:
1. The view……lets face it, it does not get much better than this.
2. The internet facilities…….the only reason why I am able to send my pictures, and now blogs, so easily is due to the excellent set up at the press centre. Plus, it allows us to watch repeats on YOU-TUBE of British comedies.
3. The food…..for make-shift kitchen facilities, the food is excellent, especially the dumplings.
4. The friendly staff who are trying to help.
But then we decided, it would only be fair, in order to uphold our roles as impartial observers, we would do a list of negatives as well:
1. Lack of information…..What’s happening up that mountain, Please??
3. Altitude…….even though we have been ok so far, you can still feel the weight of the altitude on your head.
4. No showers……..been a week, hmmmmmmm, say no more…….
6. Fresh clothes………yep, run out……well it has been 11 days….
7. Melting snow dripping through the roof…..right onto Mark’s head in fact, funny from where we were sitting.
8. The uncertainty of not knowing anything about what is happening…….
But after all these points, positive or negative, we must always think of the people who are trying to achieve this amazing feat. They are stuck on a mountain where the weather is easily ten times worse then where we are, and the effects of altitude are of course far greater. As far as the Reuters team covering this event are concerned, it makes us appreciate their efforts even more watching from what is in comparison a ‘measly’ height of 5200 Metres.