5 September, 2011
Hello, this is Grace McDonald (Shishapangma member) with a dispatch for
September 5, 2011 for the Cho Oyu and Shishapangma Expedition Autumn 2011.
We awoke in Nylam to hot showers (for those of us who started early enough)
and hot showers that turned into cold showers (for those of us who did not).
The mere fact we have running showers and flushing toilets at the end of the
hallway is impressive - certainly to those members who remember
accommodations in prior years. Hot or cold, the hotel in Nylam is
practically 5 star compared to previous accommodation options.
After breakfast the jeeps were ready to roll on down the road to Tingri and
we headed back to the hotel to grab out backpacks. Max, Gary and myself (the
Sishapangma team) met a member from another Shishapangma team who is a day
behind us but should be arriving at basecamp along with us. He also filled
us in on an Austrian team that should be arriving shortly. We understand
that's it for expeditions on the North side of Shishapangma - just 4 in
total, not many, but by my count we'll have 3 girls on the mountain and
maybe more once the Austrian team arrives - girl power!
Over the last couple of days we all been seeing and meeting people from many
other expeditions who are heading to Cho Oyu. Should be a much busier place
than it was this Spring but the groups seem very multinational and friendly
so it's shaping up to be a good year.
Into the jeeps we went, joined by Norbu our liaison officer for the Chinese
Tibetan Mountaineering Association. We had a good time getting
acquainted/reacquainted and the ride was actually kind of fun. Gary brought
Toblerone and Norbu brought Chinese Red Bull; which together spell PARTY.
Perhaps not an ideal combination for a drive over the Thong La pass (5300m)
but we all enjoyed ourselves. Most teams stopped a the Thong La Pass to take
pictures of Shishapangma (gorgeous) and all the prayer flags and then
continued on to Tingri. Norbu decided we should have a stop at a location
not far outside of Tingri where the grass was long and the view went all the
way to Everest (if the big fluffy clouds would have moved out of the way!).
It was actually a warm beautiful day on the Tibetan plateau and we walked
through a gorgeous field of barley, took a little sample to nibble on for
the rest of the drive and watched Norbu take a power nap in the long grass.
It was a perfect extra stop to just take it all in.
Tingri, Tingri, Tingri . . . wow that place is changing. It's still pretty
much a one street town filled charming dogs, hard lived people, motorcycles,
honking trucks, dirt and trash BUT, the new hotel which was partially
finished in the Spring is now pretty much complete. We were all treated to
double rooms with ensuite. This was pretty unbelievable for people who had
been here in prior years. There's also a few new stores and restaurants that
have popped up. Tingri - come see it now before it loses it "rustic" charm.
The afternoon was filled with some good entertainment. Gary and I found
super light, plastic AK-47 pellet guns at the store next to the hotel. We
have big plans for war games at base camp. I might opt for the pistol model.
They'll likely break after the first shot but we think the whole "axe in
hand" summit shot is so 2010, we're thinking more of a Charlie's Angels pose
for 2011. We'll see how it goes.
Most of the gang passed the afternoon at the local Nepali restaurant and
stuffed ourselves with "mixed" momos (kind of like dumplings), french fries,
tea and coffee. It was a nice way to pass the time, have a few laughs and
watch the people and animals of Tingri pass by and also some dogs having a
romantic moment. The group is actually getting on really well, lots of great
people, good stories and good energy. Everyone seems to be acclimatizing
well, listening to the leaders and staying positive.
Later in the evening we met for dinner and one of our members, Paul from
South Africa, was recruited to help deal with some currently minor medical
issues on other teams. He's a doctor working at Papua and was happy to offer
what help he could. He was already called twice in Tingri. Thank you Paul !
Samdien, the cook for the Cho Oyu team also arrived this evening from Lhasa
and we found Chimmy, the kitchen helper for Shishapangma, waiting outside
the hotel today. He is a traditional Tibetan nomad with a million dollar
smile who lives on the Tibetan plateau and hangs around Tingri for us to
find him at expedition time. He's headed back to his home on his horse last
night but we'll see him back here in time to head to base camp with us the
day after tomorrow.
A few of us were reluctant to call it a night so early so we hung around in
the hallways chit chatting, no doubt keeping other teams up and then moved
the party into a room - not much of a party as everyone forget to bring beer
and food, but a good opportunity to sit around, pass some time, learn a
little more about each other and have some laughs before calling it a night.
Tomorrow we remain in Tingri to acclimatize. Thanks for following these
dispatches! We all appreciate knowing our friends and families can follow
along on our adventures and we'll do our best to get daily dispatches out
but slight delays may happen due to technological challenges in Tibet. All
Hi, this is Max Kausch
writing a dispatch for the Shishapangma and Cho Oyu expeditions autumn 2011.
We're currently in
Nyalam, 3400m. Today was our 2nd acclimatization day and our members trekked
to a 4300m ridge nearby. It is quite amazing considering that we only left
Kathmandu yesterday. Everyone is feeling amazingly well and the team is
getting on very well.
Brazilian member, Bruno dos Anjos, had to leave Tibet early. He has reached
Kathmandu today and will be flying to Brazil very soon. We will miss him very
much. Take good care Bruno!
Both teams will move to
Tingri tomorrow, which is at 4300m. We will spend 2 nights there and then the
2 teams will split up. Our Shishapangma staff is already on the way to BC and
will set up our tents there.
We'll cross a 5200m pass
tomorrow and will hopefully see Shishapangma for the first time. Also
tomorrow, our teams will be able to see Cho Oyu from near Tingri. The views
from there are amazing.
We will keep you updated
as much as we can.
3 September, 2011
Hi, this is Max Kausch writing a dispatch from Nyalam, Tibet.
Our Cho Oyu and Shishapangma expeditions left Kathmandu together this
morning. Our trip to the Tibetan border was pretty impressive. We saw
stunning landscapes and many Nepali rural houses. Amazingly we had no
incidents on the way, such as landslides or road blockages.
Our members were looking very forward to finally crossing the Tibetan
border. By 13:00 today we had lunch in Zhangmu, the first Tibetan city on
our way to the mountains. We have 6 jeeps driving our members and staff plus
one truck with our 3 thousand kilos of luggage. I'll write more news
tomorrow and also send a few photos.
Thank you for following our expeditions!
31 August, 2011
The next couple of days we will finalize our packing for Cho Oyu. The first
members will arrive tomorrow and the plan is to enter Tibet on Saturday. We
have a nice expedition team from all over the world:
* Arnold Coster - Netherlands (Expedition Leader)
* Bruno Versiani Dos Anjos - Brazil
* Richard Maybank - UK
* Urs Walter Jaggi - Switzerland
* Fergal Savage - Ireland
* Ola Magnus Nerve - Sweden
* Vicen Jolis - Spain
* James Robson - UK
* Paul Liebenberg - South Africa
* Tenji Sherpa - Nepal (Climbing sherpa)
* Lhakpa Gelbu Sherpa - Nepal (Climbimg sherpa)
* Dawa Jangbu Sherpa - Nepal (Climbing sherpa)
* Jangbu Sherpa - Nepal (Climbing sherpa)
* Samdien Khompa - China (cook)
We're all looking forward to reaching the mountains again! Stay tuned for
Arnold Coster, Expedition leader
31 August, 2011
Hi, this is Max Kausch writing the first dispatch for the Shishapangma
Autumn 2011 Expedition.
Our plan for the Cho Oyu and Shishapangma expeditions is to leave Kathmandu
on the morning of September 3rd together as one single team, then split the
teams in Tingri (4300m) on the morning of the 6th. It's raining in Kathmandu
in the afternoon pretty much every day and it's not so hot, about 25║C right
now. We really look forward to meeting our first members who start arriving
today in Kathmandu. Our staff has been working hard on the preparations and
packing before the members arrive.
Thank you for reading the Shishapangma news!
* Maximo Kausch - UK (Expedition Leader)
* Grace McDonald - Canada
* Gary Kellund - USA
* Urs Walter Jaggi - Switzerland (combination with Cho Oyu)
* Paul Liebenberg - South Africa (combination with Cho Oyu)
* Jangbu Sherpa - Nepal (Climbing sherpa)
* Gyalje Sherpa - Nepal (Climbing sherpa)
* Nima Dorje Lama - Nepal (cook)
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