Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Longboarders to Converge on the Everest Super-Highway

I'm still shaking my head over why the IOC gave the games to the Chinese without including some sort of clause that kept them from pulling the sort of asshattary that they are now pulling off in the name of "carrying the torch" for the 2008 Olympic games.

According to 149 news sources as of this post (including the Herald Sun out of Australia) China will pave the previously rocky and bumpy dirt road that leads to Base Camp on the north side of Mount Everest.
Xinhua News Agency said yesterday construction of the road, budgeted at $23.4 million, would turn a 108km rough road from the foot of the mountain to a base camp at 5200m "into a blacktop highway fenced by undulating guard rails".
Fenced by undulating guard rails? What the?

However, I smell an opportunity here. Fresh pavement for 108 km with little to no traffic on it? Bring it on!

Introducing the first ever Mount Everest Longboarding Expedition.

We'll provide shuttles, food, transportation and will rent longboards. In true expedition fashion if you happen to go down and your longboard pitches off the road (passing over or under the undulating guard rails) no bother, we'll hook you up with another one. At Base Camp you'll rub shoulders with the top mountaineers in the world and while they put on heavy packs and head up, you'll don knee pads, a helmet and we'll head down.

These 3 week expeditions will allow enough time to acclimatize to the elevation by conducting mini descents, leading up to the 108km (67.1 miles for you Yanks out there) mega descent that is the Mount Everest Highway! Reserve your spot today.

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