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 SummitClimb Cho Oyu 2004: Ryan reports in on the summit success...


Ryan reports in on the summit success

Arnold reports in on the summits

Dear EverestNews.com,  Thanks for your fantastic help in posting the dispatches for our Cho Oyu climb. Here are the final dispatches from the Cho Oyu team, transcribed by Mike O'Brien, former SummitClimb Cho Oyu member.

October 2 Dispatch -

Hello Everestnews.com! This is Ryan Waters calling for the Cho Oyu 2004 SummitClimb team. On behalf of myself and co-leader Arnold Coster, I'd like to announce that we have successfully placed 13 people on the summit of Cho Oyu!

This includes our 9 foreign members, along with Maya Sherpa, the first Nepalese woman to summit Cho Oyu, as well as 3 Tibetan climbers.

Congratulations to them all! Right now it's 2pm and we are at ABC, sitting here in a light snow, with the weather getting colder. Everyone is safe here at ABC, except for Roland, Jacques and Caroline, who spent an extra night at Camp 1, and plan on walking down to ABC today. To confirm the summits, on September 30th, we have successful summits by Arnold, Paul, Neil, Mon, Dan, Ron, Maya Sherpa, and two Tibetan climbers, Nawang and Tendup. Then on October 1st we had another successful summit day with Ryan, Roland, and Jacques all reaching the summit, as well as a Tibetan climber Pasang. The yaks are scheduled to come tomorrow night, the night of the 4th, and we'll pack up ABC here and then we are scheduled to travel down to Basecamp and then on to Tingri on the 5th. So, everyone is in good spirits here, and we are looking forward to disassembling ABC and heading back to Kathmandu in the next few days. We will call back with more information when we have it, thanks again for all your support. Goodbye.

October 3 Dispatch - This is Arnold Coster from the Summit Climb Cho Oyu 2004 Expedition. Today, alot of our members have returned from a successful attempt of Cho Oyu. Nine of the 11 members reached the summit. Paul, Neil, Mon, Dan, Ron, and Arnold are back in ABC now. Also, Maya Sherpa is back in ABC, after becoming the first Nepalese woman on the summit of Cho Oyu. Ryan, Roland, Caroline and Pete are still on the mountain, they will back back tonight, I think, in ABC.  Unfortunately, Pete had to turn back from his summit attempt due to health reasons. So, so far it has been a very successful climb, and I hope to meet the rest of the team tonight in camp so that we can have a big party. We will keep you updated, and tomorrow we will give you a full report from the other members, who will have returned to ABC by then. Thanks for the support! Goodbye.

Thanks for posting this news and your fantastic support of Himalayan Climbing overall. Yours Sincerely, from Dan and all of us at SummitClimb.com

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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