Greetings to all from Advanced Base Camp. All team members and all our
climbing Sherpa plus a few Tibetan friends succeeded yesterday 15 September
with a load carry to Camp One at 6400m. A long day it was for all of us, as we
returned all the way back to ABC late yesterday afternoon. So, all in all,
after a 5 hour trek up the moraine and the steep scree slope to Camp One, we
dropped our first carry, carved out some tent platforms in the snow, stashed
some gear and headed back down in time for dinner, a little Johnny Cash, and
an early night. We woke up to a slight dusting of snow, a 1/2 inch or so on
the tents and the ground, breakfast came quick and the day, even though
resting, will go fast because we know we'll be heading up to the higher
altitude very soon again. Cho Oyu, obviously is a huge mountain, the 6th
highest in the world, and it cannot be taken for granted - therefore we must
look at each day individually as a team and be sure to monitor our own health
and fitness. There have been quite a number of climbers that have already
retreated homeward off the mountain after only climbing to Camp 1. I can only
speak for myself, but I do feel that folks come to these mountains under some
sort of illusion that it will be a rather easy undertaking to be blessed with
the opportunity to stand on the summit. I question why folks come here
without having done the necessary homework prior to joining an expedition. Its
not for I or any other person to say who can climb or who cannot, but I do not
see children running around the base camp, therefore all climbers are somewhat
responsible for knowing what they have signed up for....we are all adults
Resting today at Advanced
Base Camp, the weather very pleasant, a gentle breeze allows the prayers from
the flags to be gently released to the skies. Jocelyn was one of the original
climbing team members, but before leaving Kathmandu she decided that she would
just come to support her partner Philippe Gerard and the team. Jocelyn is a
really great person and hung out at ABC yesterday and awaited our return from
Camp 1. Today, though, she left for a 10-12 day Tibetan high trek, courtesy of
the nice folks at Arun, the CMA (Chinese Mountaineering Association, the TMA
(Tibetan Mountaineering Association) and two Tibetan assistants, Kungar and
Rakpa who will accompany her trekking adventure far away from base camp. No
doubt it will be a great trip for all. A far better way to spend some time
whilst Jocelyn is here high in the Himal. She'll return in 10-12 days, just
prior, hopefully, to our summit push.
I'll be back in touch in 4 or
5 days, after we establish the higher camps, acclimate further, and return to
rest at ABC prior to pushing upward 27-28 September. We'll see, obviously
there is quite a lot of reasons that could delay or advance this schedule.
We'll take it one day at a time and tomorrow we'll head to Camp 1. But for
now, it is time again to sleep.
Our best to our friends at
to the family and friends back home. Big hello from me to the Weidner's, the
Osburn's, the Guller's (all of them), Andy, Christia, Chris, Lynn and everyone
else that I enjoy a cold Sprite with from time to time.
Greetings to the 23rd club,
thinking of the next party soon after my return - and a big welcome to the
world to Bridget's new baby - only hoping that it arrived before this dispatch
goes live. Hi to Lee Hancock, the worlds greatest writer, and Steve, the best
sailor, and Erin, just the sweetest young friend with whom I have so much
laugher. Love it - see you soon!
for Arun Expeditions.
(USA & England), Brook A.(USA),
Phillip G.(Swiss), Jocelyn M(Swiss), Ben W.USA), Diana F.(USA), Philippe S.
(France), Darrell B.(USA), Jens V. (Germany), Claire D.(France)
veteran expedition leader, Everest summiter, author and motivational
speaker. To book Gary
the world's 6th highest mountain at 8,201m
- Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest mountain at 8,201m, is located just west
of Everest and Lhotse along the Nepali-Tibetan border. Cho Oyu is a
straightforward climb and not technically demanding, an excellent mountain for
climbers wanting to scale their first 8,000m peak.
Flying from Kathmandu
(1,280m) over the spectacular Himalayan mountain chain, we'll arrive just
outside Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibetan Buddhism, at almost 3,600m. We'll
spend our first night in Tibet relaxing and acclimatizing to the significant
increase in altitude. While in Lhasa, we'll tour the former winter residence
of the Dalai Lama, the Potala Palace, and his summer residence, Norbulingka
Palace. We'll visit other notable sites such as Jokhang Monastery, barter for
goods at Barkhor Market, and travel just beyond the city limits to watch the
scriptural debates at Sera Monastery.
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