Saturday, May 03, 2008

Climber banished from Everest for Free Tibet banner

On Monday, Virginia climber Brant Holland was the first person kicked off Mt. Everest and out of Nepal for carrying a “Free Tibet” banner up the mountain. The National Geographic Adventure blog reports Chinese authorities, worried that the Olympic torch will be held up on its way to the top of Everest by protests over China’s role in Tibet, have closed access to the summit until May 10. Although Holland was climbing the south side, Nepal has been cooperating with China and has deployed army troops at Everest Base Camp.

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