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As warned, the Nepalese military has arrived in Everest base camp to begin shutting down communications and locking down cameras until May 10. Even non-climbing trekkers to the region are required to leave cell phones and cameras at a manned station before proceeding to base camp. Laptops, PDAs, and sat phones are all subject to the lockdown.
Climbers will not be allowed to proceed beyond Camp 2 until at least after May 10, or perhaps later depending on the success of the Chinese mission to take the Olympic torch to the top.
Some climbing teams claim to have established limited communications to notify family members of climber status, but the capacity in which teams will be allowed to communicate is still an unknown.
Stay tuned for more updates on Everest’s strangest season. — Ted Alvarez