Hello SummitClimb news, this is Felix Berg, the leader of the SummitClimb
Yesterday on October 11th we
(Felix Berg and Robert Steiner, both from Germany) summited Cholatse on the
normal route around 9:20 a.m. local time. Our satellite telephone fell down
700 metres, but we found it and it is still working. Now we are on our way
back down into the valley. Thanks for following along our expedition. Bye.
10/9: Hello SummitClimb news, this is Felix Berg the leader
of the Cholatse expedition.
Yesterday we crossed the Cho La pass and camped at the base
of the normal route. We had a clear night and our first sunny day in quite a
while. We are thinking of doing the normal route, as it should have less
avalanche danger than the north face. At the moment we are at 5150 metres/16,900
feet on the moraine ridge overlooking the normal route. Wish us luck. We’ll
call in again soon.
10/5: Hello SummitClimb news, this is Felix Berg the leader
of the Cholatse expedition.
We’re back in basecamp and it has been raining heavily the
last few days. So we haven’t done much progress on the mountain and have been
mainly hanging around camp and doing some fun hikes in the surrounding area.
Yesterday we reached 5800 metres and had had a chance to look around and see
stunning views, despite the rain.
We have yet to get up high on the mountain. Besides that,
the weather continues to look bad, raining continuously. There is not much to
do but wait in basecamp and hope the weather improves. I will call in again
when the weather looks better and we are moving up the mountain. Bye for now.
30 September, 2009:
We have spent the last few days acclimating and hiked up to
the Cho La Col during two days of bad weather and camped there at 5500 metres/18,100
feet on the glacier. The next day we snow and ice climbed up on the ridge to
about 6100 metres/20,000 feet. The view was amazing and we luckily picked the
only good weather day, allowing us views of Cho Oyu, Tibet, Pumori, Everest,
Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We descended to 5500 metres to get afternoon snowfall,
followed by another day back to basecamp in mixed weather. Unfortunately,
Robert has a small flu, so he is resting in BC while I hiked to Kala Patar
with beautiful views of Nuptse, Everest and Pumori. Thanks for following our
expedition. - Felix Berg
9/24: Hello SummitClimb news, this is Felix Berg the leader
of the Cholatse expedition.
We arrived at Cholatse basecamp 2 days ago on the 22nd.
There was mixed weather, so yesterday we spent all day walking around and
acclimating up to 5100 metres/16,700 feet. Today the weather is good again and
we’re going to hike up to Chola Col, which is at about 5600 metres/18,400 feet
to get acclimated and spend a few nights up there.
Thanks for following along our expedition. All the best.
21 September, 2009:
We reached Pheriche (4300 metres/14,100 feet) today, where
we will spend the last tea-house night before reaching basecamp tomorrow.
Acclimatization is going well, and we're feeling healthy too. Today in the
morning we sorted all our necessary equipment and picked up some basecamp gear
from our SummitClimb store in Pangboche. Very convenient to have it there.
We're getting excited to reach the mountain soon. Thanks for following along
18 September, 2009
We trekked up to Namche Bazaar (3300m) today. It rained
heavy through the night, but kept dry during the morning, in which we hiked
up. Now we are wandering around Namche, ckecking the shops for last-minute
shopping. We're getting excited to reach Cholatse and are surrounded by
stunning views of neighbouring peaks. Thanks for following our expedition.
We'll report in again soon.
15 September, 2009
Our 3rd post-monsoon expedition is on the way. We look
forward to exploring a new mountain, possibly a new route in the Khumbu valley
with the peak of Cholatse (6400 metres/21,000 feet).
Our team consists of Felix Berg and Robert Steiner, both
from Gremany. We plan to climb in alpine style, keeping our approach light,
flexible and inexpensive.
Our flight from Frankfurt to Dehli with Air India was the
first interesting experience. No problem with the check-in, old-fashion living
room design and movies, but quite good food, our landing went quite rough and
ended with a full-break and squeaky landing. Waiting at the Delhi airport over
night we got very excited to reach Kathmandu, now finally we are here.
We met our local agency for SummitClimb in Kathmandu and
started with the preparation work. With 45 days planned in Nepal we have a lot
of time to get acclimated, explore the Khumbu valley and possibly get more
than just one climb done. From now on we will be calling in some dispatches
from our satellite phone, so stay tuned. Thanks for following along our
expedition! - Felix Berg
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