I just read that China is improving weather stations on Mount Everest to monitor global warming and prepare for the Olympic torch relay that is slated to summit the world���s highest mountain on its way to opening ceremonies.
I���ve read Into Thin Air and watched most of the Discovery Channel���s series, Everest: Beyond the Limit and am having a hard time envisioning how one could summit that mountain while carrying and maintaining the Olympic torch. I think it would be fair to say that the people involved in that book and the television show struggled enough without having to worry about a perpetually burning flame. The torch will be specifically designed to burn at high altitudes, but even given that, I will be very interested to see how it unfolds.
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