This is Phil Crampton reporting for the
SummitClimb Cho Oyu Expedition. Sherpas from various teams have been forced to
hold off on the rope fixing and trail breaking to Camp 3 due to the deep snow
on the Northwest face of Cho Oyu. The first Sherpas reached the Camp today,
September 21, and established the camp in knee deep snow. Jason Marsh, Steve
Marsh, and Philip Caboche all left Advanced Base Camp for Camp 1 today, and
will hopefully make it to Camp 2 tomorrow to sleep the night. The weather
forecast predicts more snow for the next two days and it is presently snowing
in Advanced Base Camp. The fresh snow is not a problem for the climbers to
climb up to Camp 2, but it may delay the first teams from summiting in the
next few days.
Tomorrow, September 22, Steve Lawes and
Michael Hsu will climb to Camp 1 and then Camp 2 the following day to spend
the night. The first summit group, consisting of Steven Backshall, Philip
Ling, Alain Denamiel, and myself will probably attempt to reach the summit
from Camp 2 in the next few days after the weather has settled. These members
have decided to endure a longer summit day and skip the night at Camp 3 at
The second and third summit groups will
consist of Martin Holton, Lee Farmer, David Cole, Steve Marsh, Jason Marsh,
Philippe Caboche, Michael Hsu, Samuli Mansikka, and Jere
Pettersson. They will all make their summit attempts with our Tibetan Sherpa
climbing staff after Camp Three has been established in the next few days.
Hopefully the weather improves and we can start to report on summits in the
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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