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 Summitclimb Cho Oyu 2009: Update


Hello, this is Stefano Ricci calling in a dispatch for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu 2009 spring expedition on 6th of May. I’m calling from advanced basecamp at about 5700 metres/18,700 feet.

On the 5th of May, some members decided to walk halfway to camp 1 at about 6000 metres/20,000 feet for acclimatization, while other members decided to take a rest day at ABC. Today we went with our leader, Dan Mazur, to practice ice climbing and check the equipment. There was a nice steep wall of ice about 20 metres tall and we practiced using a jumar, ice climbing, and rappelling down on ropes.

The weather has been very nice, with clear skies. Yesterday we could almost see a full moon rising behind Cho Oyu, which was just beautiful. The temperature at night is cold at around -10 C/14 F, but very pleasant during the daytime, which is around 10-15 C/50-60 F, with a very light wind.

Today we also had a puja, which is a Buddhist ceremony, this morning to bless everybody for a successful climb. It was very nice. They put Buddhist prayer flags all over, prayed and gave us flowers to be blown in the wind. The Tibetan yak drivers were singing and dancing and we all loved it. It was really cool.

There is no snow or rain in ABC and it is very dry. Every member is in good condition and the staff is doing a great job. The food is excellent.

 Our sherpas have already gone up to camp 2 to fix ropes. Some members are planning to go all the way to camp 1 tomorrow morning, which is at about 6400 metres/21,100 feet, and back to ABC in the same day for acclimatization. Other members are heading up halfway to camp 1 at about 6000 metres/20,000 feet and will spend the night there.

Thanks for following along our expedition. Bye

Hello, this is Stefanos Voutselas from Greece calling in a dispatch for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu 2009 spring expedition on 4th of May.

Today we made it to advanced basecamp at 5700 metres/18,700 feet. We started with a delicious breakfast in our intermediate camp and then packed all of the tents and equipments on to yaks for the hike up. Everyone arrived here at ABC by 5:00 p.m.

We have a big camp with 20 tents, in addition to the big group dining and kitchen tents.

The mountain looks a bit empty, which is quite a surprise. There are only a few other teams and it is very quiet this year.

Thanks for following along our expedition. Bye

Hello, this is Fernando Urizar from Spain calling in a dispatch for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu 2009 spring expedition.

We are in intermediate camp at about 5300 metres/17,400 feet. Today we took a quiet rest day. Members are playing cards, listening to music, reading, and visiting with one another.

Tomorrow we are going to advanced basecamp. Everyone is excited to get there and in good spirits. We are all acclimating well and the team is healthy. Thanks for following along our expedition. Bye.

Earlier: Hello, this is Martha Johnson from the SummitClimb spring 2009 Cho Oyu expedition, reporting in for the 27th of April.

We crossed into Tibet 2 days ago uneventfully and the customs official said, “Welcome to Tibet”.

I’m here with 13 people from several countries; including Kenya, the United States, Switzerland, Britain, Romania, Spain, Greece, and possibly Ireland. We are currently on a hill outside of Nyalam at 3800 metres and the weather is absolutely beautiful with very perfect skies, little tiny winds, and we can see many Himalayan peaks around us. We’re looking forward to a great expedition and to lunch. Thank you. Bye.

Today we woke up very early in Zhangmu, had a tasty breakfast, and drove to Nyalam. The road is under construction and we drove past some big rock-slides in the dark. Our vehicles are two, one a very large comfortable air conditioned Toyota bus and the other a large Chinese cargo truck. The road is overall in excellent shape so we are quite well provided for.

Upon reaching the 3620 metre high village of Nyalam, we disembarked at the Tashi hotel and had some tea and wandered around town, then had a delicious lunch of tasty vegetables and meat. Then we walked around town some more and sun bathed, read, rested, played cards, and had another delicious dinner. We plan to spend tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night here acclimating, before making the drive up to Tingri the day after tomorrow.

The team is doing great, super healthy, and Tibet is really beautiful. The weather has been amazingly clear with not a cloud in the sky and only very light winds. It is so quiet and peaceful here and the Tibetans are amazingly friendly. Thanks for following our expedition and we will keep you up to date!

25 April, 2009:

Hi there. We are in Zhangmu for the evening, having crossed into Tibet.

Everyone is doing fine. We planned to go to Nyalam today but due to road construction decided to delay it till early tomorrow morning. We received our visas and travel papers in Kathmandu yesterday and had a good orientation with all of the members. We are very positive about the expedition and it looks like we have a fine team!!! Will be keeping you informed as we slowly travel toward basecamp, acclimatising carefully as we go!!!! So far it has been a very smooth and easy ascent.

Team Roster:

  • Dan Mazur - USA (leader) 
  • Ms. Martha Johnson - USA
  • Ms. Eva Ruszuly - Romania
  • Rick Wilkerson - USA
  • Mark Delstanche - UK
  • Stefano Ricci - Italy
  • Zsombor Tulit - Romania
  • Fernando Urizar - Spain
  • Urs Jäggi - Switzerland
  • Conan Bliss - USA
  • Jeffrey Gaillard - USA
  • Arthur Barbour - UK
  • Stefanos Voutselas - Greece
 
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