Springtime on top of the World: Temperatures hovering around a balmy 0�, winds blowing at a soothing 50 mph, perfect conditions for attacking Mount Everest's 29,028-foot summit. The month-long safe-climbing window slams shut each year at the end of May, though, so for the next few weeks Everest will be buzzing with daring Alpinists. Here are a few sites to let those stuck at sea level elevate themselves and join in.
The official site of the 1998 American Mount Everest Expedition has daily audio dispatches phoned in by climbers updating their progress—as of Sunday they were at Everest's base camp—as well as maps, photos and descriptions of climbing gear.
The home page of the Everest Environmental Expedition '98, a group intent on scaling Everest and cleaning up discarded oxygen canisters and refuse from previous groups; for $156 you can be a "sponsor" and have a spent canister sent to you when the expedition returns to the U.S.
Get updates on Everest Challenge '98, the ascent organized by Prescott College professor and foot amputee Tom Whittaker (above), who is trying to become the first disabled person to reach Everest's summit.
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