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Havachatwithhexy... 6-Jun-2005 At 5:43:09 PM HEX
ant' --- looks like we are now truly seeing the nerdification of ' extreme -sportz ' ...

This is pretty-cool, but ...

'...Olympic Torch to Scale Mount Everest Before 2008 Beijing Games

June 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Olympic flame will be carried to the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, as part of the torch relay for the 2008 Beijing Games.

Concerns about how to broadcast the climb and whether the torch would stay lit had held officials back from confirming a plan first mentioned in Beijing's bid to stage the Olympics.

Zhang Ming, the official in charge of the relay, said a test run by state broadcaster CCTV had satisfied organizers that the torch's journey up the 8,850-meter (29,035 feet) mountain could be televised live. Researchers were also satisfied the flame wouldn't be extinguished through lack of oxygen, she said.

Beijing organizers have said they plan to assemble a team of 60 to 80 climbers aged 18 to 23 to take the torch up the southern slope of Everest and descend down the northern slope...'


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