25th – Cho Oyu Dispatch #1
on the Cho Oyu 2004 Expedition reporting from Lhasa, Tibet. The group arrived
in Kathmandu on August 22. We spent two nights in Kathmandu and flew to Lhasa
on the 24th. Everyone is doing well and enjoying the sightseeing tour of
Lhasa. Today we visited the amazing Potala Palace and Jokhang
Temple. Assistant Guide, Casey Henley, Phendan Sherpa, Lhama Jungbu Sherpa and
our cook, Lakpa left on the 25th and will accompany the gear overland to our
Cho Oyu Chinese Base Camp. They were delayed one day in Kathmandu because Brad
Skidmore's checked bag didn't arrive with Brad on the 24th. Everything else is
on schedule. The team plans on spending one more day in Lhasa before driving
to Shigatse on the 27th
August 27th Cho Oyu Dispatch
reporting from the Tibetan
Plateau. We all had a great time in Lhasa. Everybody absolutely loved the
tours and especially the Potalla Palace. Kay has decided that she is going to
redo her whole house around the design of the Potalla's, and so she went
looking for large door knockers. We told her that big door knockers would be
hard to come by and probably very expensive, but of course she found just the
right pair for cheap! The joke going around is that new knockers cost a lot of
money but they can be had for only $30 in Tibet (ha! Ha!).
We are halfway to Shigatse
right now. We had to take a whole different road than expected. There is a
huge detour because they are working on the road. It’s been a wild ride on
this high pass and we got into an absolutely huge traffic jam. We made this
best of it though. We walked up the pass while all the trucks were locked up
in the traffic jam there, so we got a little acclimatization walk-in up to
17,800 feet which was good.
Things are going great.
Everybody is in great spirits and everything is on schedule. We are now four
hours outside of Shigatse. Another update coming at you when from Shigatse.
Our 2004 Cho Oyu team:
Kay LeClaire – Spokane, WA .
Kay is currently pursuing the Seven Summits of the world. Having climbed 5 out
of the 7, she has Carstensz and Everest left on her list. Cho Oyu will prepare
Kay for her climb of Everest next spring.
Bob Taylor – San Diego, CA.
Bob has a wealth of climbing experience including successful climbs of
Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Orizaba, many North American classics and numerous
summits in the Bolivian Andes. Last summer he smoked up the north ridge of Mt.
Brad Skidmore – Ft Thomas,
KY. Brad has reached the summit of Aconcagua. He enjoys running when not
working as a physician back home in Kentucky.
Moira Smith - Vancouver, B.
C. Moira has climbed 6 out of the 7 summits. Her climb of Cho Oyu will prepare
her for her next objective, Mt. Everest. She enjoys climbing. mountaineering,
ski touring and rock climbing in North America . As a geologist, Moira has
traveled around the world including engaging in field work with geological
mapping in the Northern Coast Range and St. Elias Range in British Columbia.
Rick Grey – London, United
Kingdom. Our guides say Rick is normally the strongest one on their rope team.
Rick trains by running, swimming and playing squash. He’s successful climbed
many of the Ecuador volcanoes including Chimborazo.
Elizabeth Ayres – Tucson, AZ.
Elizabeth will be trekking in with our Cho Oyu climbing team. She has climbed
numerous peaks around the world including Island Peak in Nepal, Mt. Blanc in
Europe, the Eiger in Switzerland and various classic alpine summits and rock
climbing crags around the US. She enjoys swimming, hiking and climbing.
– Ouray, CO. Michael is our Cho Oyu expedition leader. A certified AMGA Alpine
Mountain guide, his guiding career started in 1971 and he is considered one of
the world’s most respected mountain guides and world-class explorers. Michael
has guided throughout the world in all disciplines of climbing, from difficult
ice and rock routes to moderate alpine glaciated peaks. He successfully
summitted Mt. Everest and guided the first blind climber to the top. Michael
is also an acclaimed team builder and corporate coach. In addition to his
wealth of experience, Michael brings along a sense of humor and abundance of
energy with every trip he leads!
Casey Henley – Bend, OR.
Casey will be our Cho Oyu assistant guide. He grew up in the Canadian Rockies
where he learned to ice, rock, and alpine climb as well as backcountry ski. He
is a graduate of the UCC Guide Program, and has guided throughout Western
Canada, the United States, Asia, and in South America. He has numerous ascents
to his credit such as Ama Dablam, Denali, Mt. Logan (with ski descent), Mt.
St. Elias Range, Aconcagua, Canadian Rockies, and ascents in Patagonia. Being
in remote and wild mountain areas is a passion of his that he loves to share
with people. He is known for his mellow, friendly teaching style and demeanor.
We wish our team a safe,
successful and memorable trip!
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