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  SummitClimb Cho Oyu 2004: Nyalam


On behalf of the entire SummitClimb team, this is Ryan Waters saying hello from Nyalam, and we have reached Tibet. The entire team came together in Kathmandu and we left very early in the morning of the 7th. We traveled to the border and had a relatively easy transition through the Chinese border control. However it was pretty late so we ended up staying the night in Zangmu. This morning we traveled by 4-wheel drive land cruisers to Nyalam and we are now going to take some time to relax today, drink lots of water and maybe take acclimatization hikes on the surrounding hills. 

Everyone is in good spirits and happy to be underway with the expedition. We are planning to stay another day in this town to maximize our chances of a nice slow ascent to basecamp. We want to take our time, travel with relaxed efficiency, and keep any altitude related illness to a minimum. We have been enjoying the company of many different nations on our team and are excited about the upcoming days. Arnold Coster is here and I have enjoyed seeing him again and we are able to discuss logistical plans for the mountain. Caroline and Jaques are telling us their French humor and Roland is able to translate French if we need him to. Our American contingency, Pete, Ron, and Dan are enjoying being in Tibet for the first time. Mon and Neil, our English chaps, are busy sampling all the local brands of brew, with a little water thrown in for good measure. Paul is exploring all the old locals, as he has traveled in these towns a few years back. And of course Kipa and Maya Sherpa are happy and healthy!

We will continue to check in and thanks again from everyone of us here on the SummitClimb team.  

Dispatches

Members and Leaders roster:

Dan Blake, Colorado

Ron Oliver, Washington

Pete Coz, California

Ryan Waters, Georgia, Leader

Arnold Coster, Rotterdam, Leader

Roland Debare, South Carolina and Belgium

Paul Burgess, Canada

Neil Wells, England

Mon Tindale, England

Caroline Cuif, France

Jacques LeTrange, France

4 climbing sherpas and 3 cooks are planning to accompany the team, names to be announced

Thanks again for all of your fantastic support!!! From Daniel Mazur and all of us at SummitClimb.com

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