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Mountaineers’ Cho Oyu without oxygen expedition
Here at ABC, the Singapore
camp has been celebrating the incredible success of its climbers.
Singapore Mountaineer leader
Robert Goh summitted Cho Oyu without oxygen on 27 September. This was in
preparation for an attempt to climb Everest without oxygen next year.
With him was Ernest Quah, one
of the members of the National University of Singapore Centennial Everest
team. Ernest with three of his team mates had summitted Cho Oyu with oxygen on
September 18. (Robert and his group are grooming the university team to climb
Everest in 2005 to mark the university ’s 100th year) Ernest, 24, then decided
to climb Cho Oyu again, this time without oxygen. And he made it! An
incredible feat for so new a mountaineer.
Then on 30 September,
Singapore Mountaineer Lim Kim Boon, who had also earlier summitted Cho Oyu
with oxygen, summitted a second time and without oxygen. This, despite a
This has been an incredible
season for the Singapore Mountaineers, with 8 summits by 6 climbers. Everyone
is optimistic and looking forward to Everest next Spring.
Sherpa called us via satellite phone to let us know that the National
University of Singapore climbers on the IMG permit were the first climbers of
the season to successfully reach the summit of Cho Oyu. At 7:12am Lindley
Zerbe, Chow E Fung, Ernest Quah, Ang Chhiring (Kami) Sherpa, Mingma Tshering
Sherpa and Karma Rita Sherpa arrived at the summit in good weather. Shortly
after, their teammate Teo Yen Kai arrived on the summit with Dorjee Lama
Sherpa. We extend our congratulations to them! Climbers Robert Goh and Lim
Kim Boon from the Singapore Mountaineers are currently mounting their summit
bids and slept at Camp 1 tonight, aiming for Camp 2 on the 19th, Camp 3 on the
20th, and a summit bid on the 21st if the weather holds for them.
IMG guided team leader Mike
Hamill sent a follow-up email to confirm this news and also give us more
information about the rest of the goings on. He and Nick Rice and Bruce Dailey
had arrived back at ABC after spending another night at Camp 2. Bruce and
Nick did well with the altitude on this last round and are now set for a few
days of rest before mounting their summit bids. David Schlimme and Da Nuru and
Dorje Lama are at Camp 2 tonight and will return to ABC tomorrow. We'll see
how they feel when they get down tomorrow.
Larry Boersma has decided to
leave the team and go down to thicker air. Mike tells us that Larry has been a
great asset to the team and at age 74 he has been an inspiration to everyone
on Cho Oyu this year. Larry is headed to Kathmandu tomorrow by jeep and all
the arrangements have been made for Larry's transport. Mike sends this comment
about the great guys recruited by Ang Jangbu to work with our climbers this
year: "The IMG Sherpa team, as always, help to push the route and are
considered to be among the strongest on the mountain. This year they fixed the
entire route including the ice cliff and the yellow band and broke the trail
to the summit. They are being praised by all the teams on the mountain for
their hard work and skilled route setting."
Singapore Mountaineers Robert
Goh (who reached Xixabangma’s Central Summit in 2002 in alpine style) and Lim
Kim Boon arrived at Cho Oyu Advanced Base Camp on August 28, preparing to
climb Cho Oyu without supplementary oxygen via the normal route.
On Sept 1, they set out for
Camp 1, returning the same day to ABC
On Sept 3, they acclimatized
to Camp 2. They then headed for Camp 3 on Sept 6 for the next acclimatization
They will be launching their
summit bid on Sept 19 or 20th.
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