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Cho Oyu Climbing Expedition News Autumn

  • chooyunews Our comfortable ABC. Photo Fergal Savage.
  • chooyunews Grace showing her country flag afte summit of Cho Oyu. Photo Grace
  • chooyunews Heading up to the high camps of Cho Oyu. Photo Vicen Jolis.
  • chooyunews Wayne Herrick summit of Cho Oyu. Photo Tenji Sherpa
  • chooyunews Climbing up for final push. Photo Stefanos Voutselas

Cho Oyu Autumn News of our expedition 30 August to 6 October.

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26 Sept -

SummitClimb Cho Oyu team heads for summit. One night stop at 6525m / 21,402ft. Our Sherpas have now fixed rope above the rock band.

Snowfall in basecamp, but Sherpas radio: they fixed rope into Camp 3 area. Online we find 2 forecasts: 5 clear days coming: Summit


25 Sept - Today's weather was forecast to be some of September's worst. Bad but not so bad. Tomorrow's forecast sunny!!!

24 Sept - Blizzard envelopes our camp. Pinned down in tents, buried in deep snow. Wind circling round, visibility nil. Nothing to do: wait.


23 Sept - Tossing and turning in the sleeping bag all night. Cant sleep in anticipation. Our push for the summit begins in the morning.

Cho Oyu in evening light with cloud. Matti Sunell Photo Helmets and iceaxes are required for this climb. James Grieve Photo

Cho Oyu in evening light with cloud. Matti Sunell Photo.  Helmets and iceaxes are required for this climb. James Grieve Photo.

21 Sept - Thick cloud clokes camp in fog. Waiting climber's spirits hold, zipped into tents. Sherpas summit rope plans unfold. Time will tell.

20 Sept - Slept in thin air C2. Descent to ABC: 1 long day. Hot showers, cold beer, pizza, clean laundry, fresh melon, card games, dvd movies.

18 Sept - Good morning from SummitClimb camp 2 at 7140m / 23,400ft. Now comfortable inside tents, warm bags, sunrise on clouds & peaks far below

Beautiful sunset over camp 2. Marina Cortes Photo Lager 1 auf 6434m. Foto by Uwe Werner
 
Beautiful sunset over camp 2. Marina Cortes Photo. Lager 1 auf 6434m. Foto by Uwe Werner. 

17 Sept - In camp 2 now catching last golden sunset rays. Our amazing Sherpas fixed rope to todays camp @ 7123m/23,371 ft. Sun, snow, cloud.

16 Sept - Rest 1 day atop crux ice step at 6835m/22,424ft. Our Sherpas carried oxygen and rope and are now fixing to camp 2. Careful lads!

15 Sept - We are camped at the base of the upper mountain at 6835m / 22,424ft. We are the only team here: very special. 30cm/1ft new snow!

14 Sept - Today snow & fixed rope training to 6525m / 21,402ft in sunshine with stunning views. Our Sherpas fixed rope on the crux ice step.

13 Sept - Now in camp 1 @ 6405m/21,008ft. Warm temps, light snow. We feel high altitude but with our slow approach hope to minimize effect.

12 Sept - Today our team climbed through light snow to 6060m/19,900ft. We plan to sleep 1 night & ascend tomorrow.

11 Sept: Cho oyu members enjoyed ice climbing rope training on glaciers near ABC. Now packing for tomorrows ascent. Back to top



Cho Oyu from ABC (Max Kausch). Team conducting a bit of glacier training above ABC.

10 Sept -  Today we had our expedition blessing ceremony with a real Buddh thing. Today was sunny cloudy and warm. Beautiful mountains surround us. Back to top

 Yaks on the way to ABC. Photo Angel

Andrew Divas at the summit of Mount Cho Oyu. Photo Andrew Divas. Yaks on the way to ABC. Photo Angel.

7 Sept - Today yaks and trucks came to basecamp and we loaded everything for the nice easy walk to interim camp at 5370m / 17629 feet. The morning was beautiful and sunny, and we reached interim camp and set it up, then clouds olled in and a snow/rain storm ensued. Luckily we were able to set up our camp in good weather and stay dry. Back to top


Team arrives Cho Oyu ABC 4800 m - 16,000 feet. Photo Detlef Buckwitz Tibetan yak drivers weighing loads at Cho Oyu's 'chinese' basecamp. Dmitri Nichiporov photo

Team arrives Cho Oyu ABC 4800 m - 16,000 feet. Photo Detlef Buckwitz. Tibetan yak drivers weighing loads at Cho Oyu's 'chinese' basecamp. Dmitri Nichiporov photo.

5 Sept -  Today we reached Cho Oyu Basecamp at 4883 metres / 16,050 feet. Everyone is feeling good. It is sunny and beautiful here on a grassy yak studded Tibetan plateau. Mount Cho Oyu is massive and looms above us, beckoning. This is a very amazing place to be. We are reunited with our Sherpas and our truckload of gear which came from Nepal. A very happy reunion indeed. Now we are resting. Tomorrow we pack for the trip up to the Advanced Base Camp Our 50+ yaks are coming in the afternoon. Everyone is truly excited!!!

 Yaks in basecamp. Jan-Jilles VanderHoeven Photo

Yaks are near Cho Oyu basecamp. Photo Robert Westreicher. Yaks in basecamp. Jan-Jilles VanderHoeven Photo

4 Sept - We drove from Shigatse to Tingri across the beautiful Tibetan plateau. It rained a little. We crossed several passes and saw lots of lovely mountains, rivers and sheep/goats. We arrived in Tingri and were welcomed by friendly nomad people and enjoyed the amenities and scenery of Tingri, the gateway to Cho Oyu and Everest. With beautiful views of both mountains. Back to top

Yaks and dogs enjoy the car park at the Rongbuk Monastery Cho Oyu seen from the Qomolangma viewpoint in Tingri. James Grieve Photo

Yaks and dogs enjoy the car park at the Rongbuk Monastery.  Cho Oyu seen from the Qomolangma viewpoint in Tingri. James Grieve Photo.

James Grieve spinning prayer wheels in Tingri. Matt Olsen Photo Wild Tingri ducks in front of Cho Oyu. Juergen Landmann Photo

James Grieve spinning prayer wheels in Tingri. Wild Tingri ducks in front of Cho Oyu. Juergen Landmann Photo.    

Milarepa's Cave prayer hall. Matti Sunell Photo Sheep herding in Tingri. Matti Sunell Photo

Milarepa's Cave prayer hall. Matti Sunell Photo. Sheep herding in Tingri. Matti Sunell Photo.

3 Sept -  We drove across the Tibetan Plateau to Shigatse, Tibet's second city. Now it feels like we really are out in the middle of Tibet. Back to top

Impressive bathroom in Shigatse hotel room Freight train whisks along  an elevated concrete railway  traversing the plateau from Lhasa to Shigatse.

Impressive bathroom in Shigatse hotel room.  Freight train whisks along  an elevated concrete railway  traversing the plateau from Lhasa to Shigatse.

Lovely Yak studded valley on the drive out to the Tibetan Plateau Oil painting of Tibetan nomad family crossing the Tibetan plateau by yak train

Lovely Yak studded valley on the drive out to the Tibetan Plateau.  Oil painting of Tibetan nomad family crossing the Tibetan plateau by yak train

2 Sept  - We toured Lhasa and visited the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. An amazing ancient city. Back to top

 
 
Golden deer and wheel of life on a sunny winter day in Lhasa. Potala Palace in Lhasa on a beautiful day.
 
Walking into the Potala Palace. 

 Walking into the Potala Palace. Memorial celebrating the first ascent of Everest at a traffic intersection in Lhasa.

1 Sept - We boarded the flight to Lhasa and arrived in the evening. It was an exciting flight over Mount Everest.

Nuptse, Everest, and Lhotse seen from our Airbus on the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. 

Nuptse, Everest, and Lhotse seen from our Airbus on the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Dry Valleys of Tibet, seen from the Kathmandu - Lhasa flight. Mighty Kangchenjunga, world's 3rd highest, seen from our fly-by on the flight to Lhasa.

31 Aug. -  Breakfast team meeting. It was fun to meet everyone and discuss our expedition. We checked more of our member's equipment and bought all of the final items.  Ready to fly to Tibet tomorrow.

30 Aug. -  Team is arriving to our comfortable Kathmandu Hotel. We have been checking our members gear and shopping for necessities.

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Cho Oyu sherpas uploading duffle bag to transport kyrung. Cho Oyu team members and sherpas at cho oyu team briefing.

Cho Oyu Autumn Team Roster:

  • Dan Mazur (Leader), UK / USA
  • Farzin Fallah, USA
  • Igor Shvab, Ukraine
  • Randall Mcguire, USA
  • Joshua Whitcraft, USA
  • John Nigh, USA
  • Raymund Drömmer, Belgium
  • Dr Detlef Volker Buckwitz, German
  • Anton Karl Spirig, Switzerland
  • Eric Ziegler, German

Basic Members:

  • Jean Luc Bremond, France
  • Seane Pieper, Australia
  • Joseph Hankins, USA
  • John Klein, USA
  • Stefan Brohn, Sweden
 
Staff:
 
  • Jangbu Sherpa                             
  • Lakpa Gelbu Sherpa                     
  • Lakpa Tendu Sherpa                      
  • Tenji Sherpa  
  • Ang Pasang Sherpa                             
  • Kipa Sherpa Back to top