and loved ones, Oh my goodness, what a day! We awoke to a fabulous sunshiny
morning. Lhakpa whipped up a scrumptious breakfast of hash browns, eggs and
bacon. Members were asking for seconds which is a good indication that we are
acclimatizing well especially when you consider that we were at CI
(21,000ft.). We reviewed several pertinent fix line climbing techniques and
off we went up the West ridge. As we ascended the whole High Himal unfolded
below us. Half way to CII we took a photo and turned back to descend all the
way to ABC….and oxygen.
Team is happy to be back to the relatively thick air of 18,000ft even though
that’s half the oxygen of sea level we are reveling in it’s abundance.
Unfortunately, one of our most experienced members, Mustafa, has been stricken
with a serious stomach ulcer. We were informed by (no kidding) a 17 doctor
expedition that this was a life threatening condition and were advised that he
descend immediately. Mustafa prudently is withdrawing from our expedition for
safety sake as well as respect for fellow team mates. Our best wishes go with
him and we pray for a speedy recovery.
PS “Team We’ll Cho-Oyu” would like to say Congratulations to Brett and Diana
on their wedding day
Resting well at base camp:
Friends, family and loved ones,
Another fine day in paradise and a great one to rest up for tomorrows big
push. Several of us crossed over the moraine piles on top of the Cho-oyu
glacier to get to the Nagpa la glacier. A couple of us continued on up to the
Nagpa la pass. We illegally cross over into Nepal to make snow angels. From
where ABC is situated, Lhakpa is only about ten miles from his home in Thame,
All team members are raring to go but patient enough to let their bodies
adapt. A member of another team had a stroke at CI and was evacuated to ABC by
15 Sherpas where there is a medical team. A few days ago a Chinese climber was
brought down with HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) . These things do happen
but we want to mitigate the chances of it happening to us by maintaining a
conservative acclimatization schedule.
Sweet Dreams, Vern