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 Alpine Ascents Cho Oyu Autumn 2006: ABC


ABC - Here We Are: Yipee! We made it to Advanced Base Camp (ABC). Weather has been poor but that didn’t stop us. Everyone looked real strong throughout the day. Rest stepping and positive pressure breathing made easy work of the moraine. Once again we dove into our tents right before the heavens disgorged their bilious wet snows. Thanks for all your best wishes….they seem to be working for us.

Ciao for now,
Vern Tejas

Intermediate Camp: Tashi delek friends, family and loved ones,

At six thirty am we rose and packed for moving up to a midway camp en route to Advanced Base Camp (ABC). Tibetan yak herders came by with a balance scale to weigh our gear and set loads for the yaks. We walked slowly to allow us to stay aerobic, this will help with our acclimatization. Even at our restrained pace we managed to arrive before them and just as a thunderstorm broke. Fortunately, just then stumbled upon a triumverate of temporary traditional Tibetan tea tents. Taking tea we were able to avoid the rain and snow that followed.

Team members are finding sleep is coming easier. Amy is back on track tummy wise and won “20 questions” on our trek up to camp. The team is gelling well and has “The Right Stuff “in my estimation. Stay tuned for our next adventure when we might hear Vern say “Eat up, this may be your last good meal”

Good night and God bless,
Vern

Trekking Above Base Camp: Friends, family and loved ones,

Team ”We’ll Cho-oyu” reporting from Chinese base camp. ‘Twas a day of acclimatization. Desiring a better view of our route we scrambled up the hill just West of our camp. We had a few mini-seminars as we ascended on relevant altitude topics such as proper foot placement, positive pressure breathing and hydration. We got some good views before the clouds blew in and started to spit snow.

All members slept well with the exception of poor Amy who has succumbed to “Tibetan Tummy”. She is doing better now and drinking lots of electrolyte and water. She opted to stay in camp rather than trek today so she may be healthier for tomorrow’s ascent to interim camp. We wish a happy birthday to Jan.

Kale Pa! Vern

 




 

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