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  Mt. Everest 2004: Ray Yeritsian Norton Couloir route (variation)


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Cho-Oyu first, then Everest...

Ray Yeritsian - Cho-Oyu & Everest 2004 I am heading to Himalayas this spring for Cho-Oyu/Everest double header.

Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201m / 26,651 ft) - North West Ridge route.

Mt. Everest (8848m / 29,030 ft) - North Col / North Face / Norton Couloir route (variation). I will be climbing alone... unsupported... no supplemental oxygen. Mt. Cho-Oyu is the 6th highest mountain in the world. I'll approach the mountain from Tibet (China), to attempt the NW Ridge route ("normal route").

After Mt. Cho-Oyu (assuming everything goes well) I will move to Mt. Everest (North side). The idea is to try an Alpine style accent via North Col/ North Face/Norton Couloir... Needless to say, I will need lots of luck with weather... I hope the mountains will have some mercy on me :-) "Asian Trekking (P) Ltd" will make all transportation and Base camp related arrangements for me...

Update One: Hello Everestnews readers, ...checking in from Kathmandu... 04.04.04...arrived in time this afternoon...getting ready to leave for Tibet tomorrow morning. It will take me a few days to get to Cho-Oyu. Later, Ray Yeritsian.

Update Two: Hi there, ...Ray here, from Zangmu (Tibet 04.06.04).

So far so good. Everything goes as planned....crossed the Chinese border without problems, now waiting for my gear to arrive (sometime tomorrow).

Next stop is the village "nyalam" (means "road to hell")... you figure :-) The most exciting thing so far, the "goodbye kiss" at LAX... it was intense:-) Later, Ray Yeritsian.

Update Three: Hello EverestNews.com readers, I am in Nyalam ("The road to hell") for the second day now. The altitude here is 3600m (to convert m to ft just multiply by 3.28). I am leaving for my next destination (Tingri) tomorrow... will not have access to Internet or Sat phone for a while, till I get to Cho-Oyu Base camp (ABC - advance base camp at 5600m).

If you don't get updates for a week or so, just be patient, please... went for an "innocent" hike after breakfast this morning...it turned into a "speed" hike... from 3600m to 4700m in 2 and a half hours... I guess I wanted to "test" myself one more time before Cho-Oyu (an old habit, related to my main occupation, "software development" :-)... no "bugs" so far :) Later, Ray.

p.s. "road to hell" thing about Nyalam, it is made of concrete for some reason, not asphalt... :-)

Update 4 4/19/2004: "Dear EverestNews.com Readers: Ray called yesterday to inform us that everything is going according to schedule, he said that he would set up his first camp at 6400 m by today. He is in good shape and high spirits, and keeping his fingers crossed for good weather. Marina, David and Gary." Thank you, Marina

Update 4/24/2004: Dear EverestNews.com Readers: After spending one night at Camp One at 6400 m Ray came back to Base Camp due to bad weather. It has been snowing for 3-4 days now. Ray will be setting up his second camp at 7200 m after the snow clears. Thank you, Marina.

Update 5/14/2004: "Dear EverestNews.com Readers: Ray called from Katmandu today and informed me that he stopped his push for the summit of Cho-Oyu and came down from the altitude of 7200 m due to symptoms of PE (accumulation of fluid in the lungs and severe breathing problems). He made his decision to descend all the way to Katmandu and postpone his Everest attempt until next year because of lack of time, as there are only two weeks left until the end of the season, and he will not be able to recover in time. Thanks, Marina".

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