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  Cho Oyu Makes Slow but Steady Progress

12 May 2014 -

The morning wasn't as good as we had hoped. The wind is still a main character in this performance and by 6AM I had a call from the Sherpa team saying it was quite shaky up there. They asked for advice- what to do? But I left them to make the decision as they were the ones who were exposed on the mountain. Fortunately the wind speed dropped hours later, so now we can say : Camp 2 is established!

By 5pm the boys called to confirm they had made camp 2, set a tent, dropped all the gear and returned to C1. They are all fine now and tomorrow we will met them at C1 to spend a night. The next day, weather permitting we will spend a night at C2, as our final aclimatization rotation.

As we discussed our plans, we headed towards the end of the valley for a walk, following the East Glacier valley. We went to the very bottom of the blue iced terrain. It was a great walk, and we took good pictures of it. Dimitry carried his big camera and made us feel like models, directing us and telling us how to pose etc. A true artist we all say.

Everybody is asleep now and in a while the bell will ring to call everyone for dinner.

We leave tomorrow to C1, it is confirmed. Please send us energy, the wind is blowing East, so it will take a whole turn on the globe, but believe me, good feelings always reach our camps.


11 May -

It's been three days since we returned from the high lands and we are all eager to climb again. Wind held us at ABC for an extra night. It wasn't bad, but strong enough to ruin a good rest at high camps which we need in order to complete the second rotation.

Our Sherpas left for C1 this morning and tomorrow the aim is to establish C2. There are good puffy clouds they indicate the weather will stay good for a few days, so we want to take the opportunity to do as much as we can.
The summit push is closer and closer and we have a good team. Please send us as much energy as you can, we have a positive felling trap right at the entrance of the camp, and we squeeze it into the tea every morning.

 

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