This is Mark Little of USA dispatching live from Cho Oyu base camp on
September 10, 2005. Elevation at around 4900 meters or 16,000 feet. After
one and a half days in Nylam we finally loaded up the Jeeps and headed for
Tingri. Along the way, we were able to get our first views of an 8,000 meter
peak up on the Tong Long Pass at about 5200 meters. It was the beautiful
sight of Shishapangma. The whole team stopped to take photos. We loaded back
up and headed on to the Tibetan Plateau. When we crested onto the Plateau, lo
and behold, there she was--Everest, and our main objective, Cho Oyu. We also
got some small glimpses of Makalu. What an awesome and incredible sight. So
it was a great day. We were able to see four 8,000 meter peaks. I wish you
were all here to see it.
Soon on to
Tingri we go. After about a four hour drive we finally arrived in Tingri at
about 14,150 feet, a very primitive town, but the accommodations were very
workable and comfortable. I think our team and myself believe it or not got
our best night’s sleep here. Today we headed to Chinese Base Camp at 16,100
feet or 4900 meters. We had 26 or 27 V25 Expedition tents set up, two
bathrooms, what a sight. I think we’re taking over. I’ve got to tell you
SummitClimb’s organization along with Arnold Coster and Phil Crampton are
absolutely hands down doing a tremendous job. I mean getting tents, food
prepared, free advice with tips, organizing buses, jeeps, restaurants, wow. I
would recommend no other. Not to forget their talented, outstanding Tibetan
staff. Anyway we have a couple of nights here then off to Intermediate Base
Camp. I wanted to mention that the food in Base Camp is fantastic, also
everyone seems to be healthy and doing fine. I want to say hi to my wife and
kids. I’m doing great, I miss you. _______ loves Diana. Signing off from
Chinese Base Camp, Mark Little.
Hi EverestNews.com readers
This is Arnold Coster the
leader of the SummitClimb Cho Oyu expedition
Today we had a
acclimatisation day in Nylam, this is needed otherwise we gain altitude to
quick and a lot of members will get sick. Everybody went for a hike today in
the surrounding hills of Nylam¡. Today I saw we have a very strong team.
Everybody did very well, some members climbed as high as 4900m already.
I like our international team
very much, there is always something to talk about.
Tomorrow morning we will go
to Tingri, our last town stop before we reach BC. In Tingri we will also meet
our staff and Phil again. He was coming from Lhase to arrange some more food.
He made a slight change to our climbing staff, because we only want the best.
This are our climbing Sherpas now: Tashi Tsering, sirdar, Adin, Luda, Penba,
Beba, Tsering, Dorje, Lobochon. These climbers are the Top of the notch
of the Chinese/Tibetean guide school. I am honored to have climbers like this
in my team. So this was the last written dispatch, from now on we will call in
our dispatches by satellite phone. Arnold
This is our
Coster, the Netherlands- Leader
Crampton, UK -Expedition Manager
Introduction to Cho Oyu: 4
September to 10 October
Cho-Oyu has only recently
become a popular mountain to climb. It is now known to be one of the most
accessible of the world’s fourteen 8,000 metre mountains. This is because the
ascent to the summit is short and direct, with a few small technical sections,
less than 6 metres high, climbed in safety using fixed lines. Additionally,
the mountain can be easily reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle, and the trail
to Camp 1 at 6,400 metres, is basically a steep walk on talus slopes, often
done in hiking boots. This expedition to Cho-Oyu maximizes our previous
successful ascents on the peak itself, plus many years of accumulated wisdom
of the high Himalaya, a strong record of reaching 8,000 metre summits in all
safety, along with an intimate knowledge of the Tibetan and Chinese officials
who regulate the permit system. We must also give credit to the highly
experienced and hard-working leaders, sherpas and staff here at
Leader: Arnold Coster, an accomplished and friendly leader who has led
successful expeditions to the summit of Cho Oyu and Everest. Arnold's last
expedition placed 9 of 11 members and 4 Sherpas on the summit of Cho Oyu;
Organizer: Jon Christian Otto, fluent Chinese speaker, Tibet and China Expert,
with 10 years experience organizing Himalayan climbs.
Cho Oyu - the "Turquoise
Goddess" in Tibetan - is located at the frontier of Tibet and Nepal. At a
height of 8201 meters, it belongs to the Himalayan range, about 30 km west of
Everest. It is the sixth highest mountain in the world and was first climbed
on October 19th 1954 by the Austrian Herbert Tichy, with Sepp Jochler and
Pasang Dava Lama.
"Finally, the peak is
reached, the infinite hardships are ended. The last nine hours fighting with
the mountain; the time in the death zone above 24,000 foot, the weeks of
privations and hardships, even the risk of one's life - is this reward itself
really? Yes, certainly! Not because of fame but inner satisfaction: To have
found the mountain as friend and have been so near to the sky." Sepp Jochler.
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