This is Phil Crampton for reporting for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu
Expedition 2006. I apologize for not sending dispatches in the last few
days, but we have all been climbing on this big mountain at 8,200 or more
meters. September 18, Alain Denamiel, Philip Ling, Stephen Backshall from the
BBC and myself explored the route to Camp 2 and we decided to spend the night
there. The route to Camp 2 has changed slightly from my five previous
expeditions to Cho Oyu, and sits at an elevation of 7,110 meters.
We all descended to Advanced Base Camp on the 19th, and passed David Cole, Lee
Farmer, Michael Hsu, Martin Holton and Tibetan Sherpa Liching who were all
going to spend the night at Camp 2. Philippe Caboche, Steven Marsh,
Stephen Lawes, and Gianfranco Valente spent the night at Camp 1, and Jason
Marsh explored the route to Camp 2 before all descending to Advanced Base
Tom Sexton has had a persistent cough, which has kept him sleep deprived for
the last week and he has decided to descend and head back to Katmandu.
We wish him a speedy recovery, and we'll miss his Californian humor
Our Tibetan climbing Sherpas carried some rope and hardware to Camp 2
the other day as we are part responsible for breaking trail and fixing the
ropes above Camp 2 to the summit. Tomorrow, September 20, five Tibetan
Sherpas from the Chinese Expedition will break trail and fix ropes to Camp 3
at 7,450 meters.
We are looking forward to making our first summit attempts from September 25
onwards. The expedition members are all looking forward to a few days
rest, and the weather forecast predicts light snow for the next couple of
days. Steve Marsh, a British police officer who is also a qualified paramedic,
has been very busy checking all the members to see how their visits to high
altitude have affected them. While Steve is on the mountain, the Chinese
Expedition is also at Advanced Base Camp with their high altitude medical
research team and are always willing to check the status and that's always
nice for our team. We would like to send our thoughts to our family
members back home, and I'd like to thank EverestNews for their continued
coverage of our SummitClimb Expeditions
Summitclimb Cho Oyu 2006 Expedition Team:
Mazur. England and USA. Expedition organiser.
Crampton. England and USA. Expedition Leader.
Coster. Holland. Expedition Leader.
Ling. Australia and St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria. Expedition leader in
Holton. England and Belgium.
Gianfranco Valente. Italy.
Hsu. USA and China.
Tibetan staff list for the current Cho
Head Climbing "Sirdar": Luda
Regular Mt. Climbing Staff: Dunba, Ping Tso, & Gesang
Personal Climbing "Sherpa": Tseren Dee'anja
Cook helper: Chanba
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