Hello EverestNews.com. This is
Arnold Coster the leader of the Cho Oyu SummitClimb 2005 Expedition. First I
want to start with some good news. Yesterday two of our members made it to the
summit of Cho Oyu. They summited on the 27th at 11:00 in the morning.
Unfortunately Francois was with them and he had to come back because he had
some stomach problems.
Thierry and Tunc made it to
the summit. I'm now in Camp Three, 7450 meters, with Gernot, Johan, Mark,
Guntis, Herve, Doug and three Tibetan Climbers and me.
Unfortunately JD had to give
up because lack of energy. But he's in the company of Maya to escort him down
to ABC. I spoke to Camp Two and Camp One, and everybody's fine. Everybody's
anxious to go to the summit after us. So this is it for now, I hope tomorrow
I can give some summits and see a lot people in Camp Two.
Bye Bye, Rob
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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