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Cho Oyo Team Trains for Climb

12 September 2013

Today was a fun day of rope skills. We ventured across icy glacial moraines to some ice pinnacles on the glacier. Some ropes were set-up and we practiced fixed rope and rappelling techniques. Last night it had snowed a couple of centimeters, but this almost added to the good day that we had. We learned some of the key skills we will need up higher on the mountain. It is a good idea to practice it down lower, because then it will not be new thousands of meters higher than we are now.

What was somewhat challenging for the not-so-experienced among us was rappelling at 60 degrees and encountering a knot, which entails securing yourself on the jumar while you re-attach the eight to the rope. Tricky stuff but a lot of fun! As usual, we were impressed by the skills of our Sherpa team, Jangbu and Ang Pasang. Overall, we feel this training has increased our self-confidence for the more tricky parts after the high camps.

Written by Matt Olsen

 

 

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