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May 21, 1997
Visitors to the site can monitor the progress of the climbers and discover the hazardous alpine world the climbers have chosen to explore. Have a look (in QTVR imagery) at the climbers' base camp and the Khumbu Icefall, a dangerous glacial slope strewn with house-sized blocks of ice and yawning crevasses that climbers must negotiate on their way up the mountain. Listen to a RealAudio interview with climber David Breashers, who has already scaled Everest three times. Or take the Stroop Test, a neuro-behavioral exam that climbers take prior to expeditions to help predict how susceptible they might be to "summit fever" -- a mysterious malady that may have had a role in the deaths last week of five climbers on Everest's challenging north face. (The NOVA climbers were able to file a Web-site report on the disaster almost instantaneously after picking up radio conversations from the north side of the mountain.)
In the coming week there will be live RealAudio feeds as the team members enter
the frosty no-go zone and try for the summit. Will they make it? Will they
succumb to summit fever? Count on this site to keep you posted.
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