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  Mountain Madness Cho Oyu 2004 Expedition reporting from Tengri

Dispatch #3 - August 29th: Hi guys - This is Michael checking in from Cho Oyu.  We just got into Tengri after the big drive from Shigatse and everybody is doing great - health is good.  The roads are really rough this year, so it was a rough drive over, but everyone is in great spirits.  The group is already forming a lot of great personal friendships and having fun.  Gene's doing well.  We got to see some really different sights as we came down the road today.  There was a whole group of traditionally dressed Tibetans riding these incredible Genghis Khan looking horses.  We also got to spend time in some cultural places. 

The weather is fantastic. We met Casey Henley no problem.  Our Sherpas are up at base camp now setting up camp.

The weather looks good.  There's already one team up there and apparently there's going to be 20 teams on the mountain because it's supposedly the 50th anniversary of Cho Oyu.  So lots going on and a lot of good folks.

Dispatch #4 - August 30th: Greetings from the new Chinese base camp!  We're all here, the gear is here and everything is good.  We only have one person whose feeling slightly ill, that's Moira -  a little bit of a head cold.  Other than that, everything's going great.  The weather is pretty clouded over right now - it's a little early right now for it to clear.

The group staff is doing a great job - everyone's happy.  I just wanted to report that we're at Chinese base camp, everything is set and ready to go. Michael O'Donnell


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. Baker.

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.


Michael O'Donnell – 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!

Christine Boskoff

Mountain Madness, Inc.


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