Expedition Dispatch: Dispatch
6: 25 September 2004
Greetings from High on the
All is going well with the
team. We are healthy and ready to advance to higher camps. The six team
members that will be advancing are Gary Guller from the good old US, Jens from
Germany, Claire from France, Ben and Diana from Colorado and Brooke from
Washington. Our Sherpa team includes Namgya Sherpa, Lakpa Rangdu Sherpa and
Dawa Gelgin Sherpa who has replaced Phura Dorjee. Phura Dorjee had to descend
due to health reasons, but I spoke with him yesterday and he is resting well
in Kathmandu. Dawa Gelgin joined also. We have arrived at Camp I on 9/25 at
6400 meters and all are healthy and ready to continue higher. The plan is to
continue on to Camp II at 6900 meters on 9/26, and then advance to Camp III,
the last camp on 9/27. After a five-six hour rest at Camp III, we make our bid
and with the blessings of the gods, we will reach the summit on the morning of
9/28. We thank you for all the prayers and good wishes that have come our way
from all of you that are following our journey!
Now, off to sleep, hydrate
and prepare for the coming days!
Cheers! Gary and the Team
26 September 2004
Hello from Camp II!
We all have arrived to Camp
II at 6900 meters. The team is resting and drinking lots of warm liquids in
preparation for our pust to Camp III tomorrow. The weather is freezing, but
with only a light breeze and blue skies - just like Texas, but cold!! Perfect
I am proud to announce that
another Arun Treks Team with Japanese climbers, Hitoshi and Kitashi with one
Manbardu Gurung summitted Cho Oyu at 8 am on 9/25/04. They are now safely on
the way down to Base Camp, with one climber at Camp II and the other at
Advanced Base Camp. Congratulations to these climbers!
Our team is on our way to
Camp III, where we will rest for several hours before our summit push. We
hope, with all your prayers and the blessing of the gods and goddesses, we
will also be successful. Our thoughts are with all of our families and friends
at home as well.
Talk to you again 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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