This is Phil Crampton reporting for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu
Expedition. We awoke this morning, September 25, to find our Base Camp
covered in knee-deep snow. All of our tents needed digging out. But we
faired better than our next-door neighbors, they had some expensive Base Camp
tents destroyed by the heavy snowfall and were trying frantically to save the
others from the continuing snowfall.
The leaders from several teams have been consulting with
each other over their weather reports. The general consensus is that we are
to expect snowfall for another one to two days. Already, we have had five
days of continuous snowfall on the mountain. A sole Chinese climber who spent
night at Camp 1 at 6,400 meters has reported of chest-high
snow in the camps. As more teams depart Advanced Base Camp we are confident
that the weather will soon cooperate with us. We plan to take extra tent
poles to Camp 2 just in case the heavy snowfall has battered some tents and we
have to dig out and re-establish the camp. Avalanches are occurring on Cho
Oyu's amazing peaks as we sit safe in the tents at Advanced Base Camp.
Most of the commercial expeditions have agreed not to send
any climbing Sherpas above Camp 1 until the snow
conditions are safe, as this Fall season has seen an unusually large amount of
We are still being amused at Advanced Base Camp by our
various members. Our Californian surfer dude Jason Marsh, has been telling
tall stories involving tropic locations involving sun, surfing and beer. Many
of the other members are now planning to stop off in Thailand en route home
after we attempt to summit Cho Oyu.
On a lighter note, the sun came out briefly this afternoon
before it continues to snow and we took the opportunity to have a snowball
fight, or should I say a battle, which lasted several hours with the Chinese
Expedition and their Tibetan Sherpas. Needless to say we stood our ground,
and did the SummitClimb tradition proud, even though we had our BBC TV
Presenter taken hostage in the melee. He's safe and sound. This is Phil
Crampton, SummitClimb Cho Oyu 2006.
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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