Nepal Cracking Down on Bizarre Everest Attempts
Nepalese officials will be installed at base camp beginning spring 2014
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2013 9:02 AM CDT
Participants of the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon begin their race at the Everest base camp in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Himex Nepal, Dinesh Gole)

(Newser) – Beginning next spring, climbers hoping to scale Everest will encounter a new group at base camp: government babysitters. Nepal will install a government team at the camp to watch over expedition teams; the move follows that infamous Sherpa-climber brawl earlier this year, the BBC reports. Those at the new post will coordinate rescues, keep an eye on the environment, and help out climbers by offering "communication and safety related services," a rep said, adding, "When there is the presence of the government on the ground, the message 'violating the law is punishable' becomes clearer."

The team will also serve as liaison officers; climbers are required to work with such an officer, who verifies all summits. But here's the team's most interesting job: Officials will police record-setting attempts on the peak. "These days we see people trying to make bizarre records like, for instance, standing on their head or taking off their clothes while on the summit. These behaviors don't bode well for the dignity of Everest," the former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association tells the BBC. He says the team will make sure climbers "inform them beforehand if they intend to make a new record"—allowing the team to approve or deny the bid. (Not that government officials will actually be on the summit to forcibly prevent any denied attempts, notes the BBC.)

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Who_Cares
Aug 3, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
So the Sherpas behavior caused the changes and government has to step in to control the climbers. I think obviously this was called for some kind of regulations due to people behavior. Honestly, I don't know what these hikers are trying to prove. Is there some kind of Grand Shlam in the hiking. I am happy that I can hike my mountain and I know the day will come that I won't be able to do it, thus signaling the time to go.
dungbeetle
Aug 2, 2013 11:18 PM CDT
What's the point anymore? Everyone and their dogs are climbing it so where is the challenge? There has to be more challenging climbs. How about some of the Norwegian fjord cliffs? Not as high but I thought the difficulty was what made the challenge. Just askin' . . .
Drewzy
Aug 2, 2013 9:35 PM CDT
Well, so much for my plan to be the first guy to have a threesome on the peak of Everest.