8000 Meters Facts
Ascents Cho Oyu 2005:
It’s quite a beautiful
August 8- ABC: It’s quite a
beautiful Thursday morning here at ABC. I’m enjoying a steaming cup of real
filter coffee along with a bit of Coltrane on our battery powered speakers.
The weather turned on the 6th from dark scattered clouds with precip on and
off to very clear skies with some wind. That provided us a very nice day
yesterday to make our way up to Camp I at 21,000’. It was a long 9 hour round
trip journey but the spectacular day made for incredible views out east
towards Melungtse, Guari Shankar, and Shishapangma plus the 7,000 meter peaks
in the immediate area. It was a treat.
Lakpa, Mingma, and Tshering stayed up at Camp I last night in order to work on
fixing rope to Camp II. That responsibility has fallen on our shoulders due to
our early arrival yet all of the teams pitch together gear and man power. I
spoke to Lakpa last night after we returned and he had already fixed 200
meters of line between the time we left him at Camp I and made it back to ABC.
I’ll be speaking to the ‘boys’ at 8 am this morning as well to get an update
and find out how the winds are this a.m.
After returning last night wiped out from the long day we turned on ‘Pulp
Fiction’ for some mindless entertainment. Lhakchung and Gopal joined us for
the movie and are permanently disturbed I’m sure from enduring the foreigners’
Today we’ll enjoy the clear skies and warm sun. Laundry, reading and naps are
the mostly likely activities.
We’ll be in touch soon.
All the best, Dave
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