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  Cho Oyu Team Ready for Summit Push

19 May 2014 -

It seems we are in the final push, or about to commence it.

Weather forecast says the night of 23rd the wind will drop, so we must be ready to catch up with the opportunity to climb in good conditions on 24th. Acclimatization is fine among all members and the attitude is excellent. The route is fully fixed so it will be great as we will all walking along the same path, making footholds easier to follow and less energy consuming.

It's HOT at ABC; we can't even have a nap in the afternoon, as the sun turn every tent into a Human Oven. I already suffered the effects of this temperature, suffering a massive chocolate melting in one of the pockets of my house.

Motivation is quite high; everybody has something to fight for and to work for. Pizza, Blended coffee, Fresh fish, and a hamburger size of a pizza, covered on mozzarella are the main topics to talk about. But between our objectives, and today's reality there is something to be done....CLIMB TO THE TOP.

I feel optimistic about our summit push. At least regarding our team and its level of strength, commitment and good mood.
 


Dimitry Nichiripov in Camp2

Camp 2

17 May 2014 -

By watching towards the summit, we can see a long queue of climbers ascending. It's an spectacular day, I hope it will be repeated.

We are at ABC, having a rest after our last acclimatization rotation. I believe there will be few more days like today, before having the chance of trying to push to the top with good chances of sucess.

Days at ABC could be long or quite pleasant depending how you decide to spend them. Today I dedicate the whole morning learning first hand, how to make Slivovitzka, an slovak spirit made from the distillation of fresh plums harvested right after the first autumn colds.

All this kind of people we met, and the chats we have during the long Himalayan expeditions, are some of the reasons for what we choose this profession. On the same table you could find seated, a specialist in prothon therapy, an economist, an oil specialist, a lawyer, and further out the tent, a worldwide consultant specialized in Lab tech stuff who harvest his own plums, ferment them and distill them to make his own spirits with the same passion he climbs mountains.

Everyone under the same Sun, and everyone having the same idea and objective...To climb until touching the sky with their own hands.

The weather forecast seems to be good, but not for a short call. We have few days to spend at HOME, until we charge again for a summit push. It's gonna be a well deserved rest for all of us, we had a great time up there, but not without the obvious exhaustion.
Leaving to C1. Tomorrow C2. Depending upon wind. It's our last rotation before summit push. All fine and waiting at C1.

 

 

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