Hi EverestNews.com readers!
This is Arnold Coster again,
the expedition leader of our trip.
Two days ago I arrived in
Kathmandu. It is very nice and warm here!
Together with Phil Crampton
we packed all the expedition gear, such as food, climbing equipment, tents,
lights, lots of rope etc. So we are ready to rock and roll!
The members slowly arriving
now, all member will be here at the 4th of September.
The plan is that we leave to
Tibet early morning at the 6th.
We are going with two buses
to the Tibetan border: Zangmu, Nyalam, Tingri and Cho Oyu base camp we are
planning to arrive in Tingri at the 9th , There we will meet Phil and our
Summitclimb is the first
expedition who uses a full Tibetean staff ever!
We are using the students of
the China/Tibet guide school since 1999.
This are some of the names of
Awong, Ngawang Dradul, Adin
(climbed with us on Mustagh Ata in 2005), Wangdu (summited Everest with us in
2004 and 2005), Pemba Tashi (Everest 2005) and Luda (Everest 2005)
Phubu Tsering-Head cook (was
with us on many exp.)
All these guys are trained by
Phil and his wife at fine cuisine, so I am looking forward to the dishes they
This is it for now! Stay
tuned for more!
This is our
Coster, the Netherlands- Leader
Crampton, UK -Expedition Manager
Introduction to Cho Oyu: 4
September to 10 October
Cho-Oyu has only recently
become a popular mountain to climb. It is now known to be one of the most
accessible of the world’s fourteen 8,000 metre mountains. This is because the
ascent to the summit is short and direct, with a few small technical sections,
less than 6 metres high, climbed in safety using fixed lines. Additionally,
the mountain can be easily reached by four-wheel-drive vehicle, and the trail
to Camp 1 at 6,400 metres, is basically a steep walk on talus slopes, often
done in hiking boots. This expedition to Cho-Oyu maximizes our previous
successful ascents on the peak itself, plus many years of accumulated wisdom
of the high Himalaya, a strong record of reaching 8,000 metre summits in all
safety, along with an intimate knowledge of the Tibetan and Chinese officials
who regulate the permit system. We must also give credit to the highly
experienced and hard-working leaders, sherpas and staff here at
Leader: Arnold Coster, an accomplished and friendly leader who has led
successful expeditions to the summit of Cho Oyu and Everest. Arnold's last
expedition placed 9 of 11 members and 4 Sherpas on the summit of Cho Oyu;
Organizer: Jon Christian Otto, fluent Chinese speaker, Tibet and China Expert,
with 10 years experience organizing Himalayan climbs.
Cho Oyu - the "Turquoise
Goddess" in Tibetan - is located at the frontier of Tibet and Nepal. At a
height of 8201 meters, it belongs to the Himalayan range, about 30 km west of
Everest. It is the sixth highest mountain in the world and was first climbed
on October 19th 1954 by the Austrian Herbert Tichy, with Sepp Jochler and
Pasang Dava Lama.
"Finally, the peak is
reached, the infinite hardships are ended. The last nine hours fighting with
the mountain; the time in the death zone above 24,000 foot, the weeks of
privations and hardships, even the risk of one's life - is this reward itself
really? Yes, certainly! Not because of fame but inner satisfaction: To have
found the mountain as friend and have been so near to the sky." Sepp Jochler.
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