Thursday, May 08, 2008

Torch reaches top of Everest

A Chinese party carrying the Olympic flame reached to top of Mount Everest Thursday. Politics aside, the torch is a pretty need idea. In the the frigid, windy, oxygen-thin Himalayan air, the team used a propane and solid fuel torch based on technology that keeps rockets burning in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Similar torches will be available through R.E.I. by Christmas... maybe.

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