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 Alpine Ascents Cho Oyu Autumn 2006: The Big Push to camp one


Big push to camp I: Friends, family and loved ones,

“Team We’ll Cho-Oyu” rose at the crack of dawn and packed our bags and ate a hasty breakfast. We knew it would be a big day so we started early. Our goal was to carry a load of climbing gear to Camp I at 21,000ft. Now, that’s higher than Denali (the tallest mountain in North America). So nine hours later when we stumbled back into ABC we were exhausted but satisfied. Over yet another great dinner we reminisced about how fortunate we were. There is a major talus and boulder field that has to be scaled en route to CI. A climber from another team dislodged a 50# rock two hundred feet above us. It gained momentum as tumbled toward our team. The climber was mute with fear so I screamed my head off warning the group that the rock was on trajectory to hit us. We parted as the boulder bore down on us. Seeing that “Two Dogs” (Lawdon) was about to get clobbered Goldilocks (Amy) inadvertently threw herself in front of the deadly projectile, nicely stopping it with her shin. Thanks Goldi.

Kale Pa
Vern

 

 




 

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