Hi EverestNews.com readers
This is Arnold Coster the
leader of the SummitClimb Cho Oyu expedition
Today we had a
acclimatisation day in Nylam, this is needed otherwise we gain altitude to
quick and a lot of members will get sick. Everybody went for a hike today in
the surrounding hills of Nylamˇ. Today I saw we have a very strong team.
Everybody did very well, some members climbed as high as 4900m already.
I like our international team
very much, there is always something to talk about.
Tomorrow morning we will go
to Tingri, our last town stop before we reach BC. In Tingri we will also meet
our staff and Phil again. He was coming from Lhase to arrange some more food.
He made a slight change to our climbing staff, because we only want the best.
This are our climbing Sherpas now: Tashi Tsering, sirdar, Adin, Luda, Penba,
Beba, Tsering, Dorje, Lobochon. These climbers are the Top of the notch
of the Chinese/Tibetean guide school. I am honored to have climbers like this
in my team. So this was the last written dispatch, from now on we will call in
our dispatches by satellite phone. Arnold
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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