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 Cho Oyu Spring 2010 Summitclimb: There are only 2 official expeditions here


20 May, 2010: Hi, this is Max calling in a dispatch for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu spring 2010 expedition. Today is the 20th of May.

Today is a rest day before the summit push. We've been resting here for 2 days. Our batteries are properly recharged and we're heading up to camp 1 tomorrow after lunch. I've been trying to match up with the different weather forecasts and it looks like the 24th will be our summit date. Right now, Dan Mazur and the SummitClimb team are on Everest North and have been sending us wind forecasts, which is how we established that date.

It seems that the monsoon is fast approaching this year and didn't leave a lot of windows for climbers to summit Cho Oyu. It looks like the monsoon clouds might hit the central Himalayas on the 27th. We plan to leave ABC on the 26th to go back to Kathmandu.

It snowed a lot in ABC last night and it's currently snowing here at 11:00 p.m. The camp is white again and there was about 10 cm of snow this morning.

This morning we saw a yak caravan crossing the Nangpa La pass going to Nepal. They have closed the pass for about 4 years, although they've been using it for about 500 years to trade things like salt, butter, and clothing. We're happy to see the pass being used again and hope it continues.

ABC is really empty now. There are only 2 official expeditions here. We can count the remaining people on our hands. Today there are 13 people counting the sherpas. That's all of the people left who are going to try to climb the mountain. Most of the expeditions abandoned the mountain and left to go back to Kathmandu already, so there are very few climbers left.

Now it's time to sleep. We will definitely call in dispatches before, during and after the summit, which we'll start to push for tomorrow. Thank you very much for following the news at SummitClimb. Thank you. Bye, bye.
 

Earlier: 12 May, 2010: Hi, this is Max calling in a dispatch for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu spring 2010 expedition.

The team is trying to make an acclimatization trip to camp 2 to spend two nights there, but it is a bit windy at the moment.

There are a few expeditions leaving Cho Oyu. I think there are 6 or 7
expeditions left on the mountain. We're trying to do negotiations to fix the route because it looks like we are going to have to do it ourselves.

Mark left and is on his way down to Chinese Basecamp. He will cross the Nepali border tomorrow and we'll all miss him. The rest of the team; Mia, Alex and I are trying to get to camp 2 at the moment.

I'll let you guys know what happens when we get to camp 2 or if we have to come back because of the wind. Thank you very much for following the news. Bye, bye.

Earlier: Hi, This is the first dispatch for the Cho Oyu Spring 2010 expedition. Today is April 21st 2010 and this is the expedition leader Max Kausch writing from Kathmandu.

The city is fairly warm and we enjoyed 26ºC today. We had some rain during the last few days and this settled the dust a little.

We are working hard on the preparations and packing for our expedition. Today all the staff helped to test our equipment. The first members will arrive tomorrow and we really look forward to meet them at the airport and show them around. Our agent has already got a permit to climb Cho Oyu!

We also wish the best luck for those who are traveling across the ash cloud that is sitting in northern Europe at the moment.

Thanks for following the news at SummitClimb

Regards

Max Kausch

Team Roster:

    * Max Kausch (leader) - Argentina/UK
    * Ms. Mia Graeffe - Finland
    * Mark Solari - UK/Australia
    * Anthony Newton - US
    * Alexander Holt - UK

Expedition Staff:

    * Ngima Kanchha Sherpa - climbing sherpa
    * Palden Nima Sherpa - climbing sherpa
    * Ang Gelu Sherpa - climbing sherpa
    * Nima Dorje Lama - cook

 
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