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  Summitclimb Cho Oyu 2008: Team in Base camp

9 September, 2008 : Team in basecamp

Hi, this is Suzy Madge calling in on 9 September for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu Autumn 2008 expedition.

We left Tingri and had a coughing, spluttery 1 hour drive to basecamp. We were all very excited to finally be on the mountain. When we got here, a delicious lunch was waiting for us and I think we all felt like it was almost as good as a farewell expedition lunch, as opposed to a first day on the mountain lunch.

A few of us went for a beautiful 3 hour hike up towards a stunning peak called Jobo Rabzang, which is next door to Cho Oyu and apparently has an altitude of 6666 metres/21,850 feet. One of the coolest mountains, it reminded me of my home mountain in Chamonix, Mont Blanc, with towering crevasses leaning over like old men, looking as if they were going to crash down on top of us.

After our three hour walk, a delicious dinner was waiting for us and we all went to bed with full stomachs, not expecting to sleep too much now that we’d reached a height of 4900 metres/16,000 feet. Thank you for following along on our expedition. Bye.

8 September, 2008: Team heading towards basecamp.

Hi, this is Gavin Turner, leader-in-training of the SummitClimb Cho Oyu Autumn 2008 expedition. I’m calling in for the 8th of September.

Today we had an acclimatization day in Tingri at about 4300 metres/14,100 feet. We enjoyed the wonderful sunny weather and blue skies that we’ve been having for the last 3-4 days. We went for a short hike up a small hill to 4700 metres/15,400 feet, enjoying the magnificent views of Cho Oyu and Everest, as well as many other Himalayan mountains. We also walked through the Tingri and made friends with the nice local villagers and exchanged presents with them.

Tomorrow on the 9th we head towards basecamp and we’re crossing our fingers that this wonderful weather is going to last. Thanks for following along on our expedition. Bye.

7 September, 2008 :

Cho Oyu team acclimating in Tingri.

Good morning, this is Gavin Turner, leader-in-training of the SummitClimb Cho Oyu Autumn 2008 expedition.

I’m calling from Tingri where we’re currently at about 4300 metres/14,100 feet. Yesterday we had a good drive from Nyalam on the 7th of September. The weather was pretty nice and we drove over a 5000 metre/16,400 foot pass and had great views of Shishapangma, one of the world’s fourteen 8000 metre/26,200 foot mountains, and also great views back along the border of Nepal and Tibet. The drive was pretty smooth, we arrived in Tingri at about 2:00 p.m. and lunch was immediately served, which was great.

Everybody rested through the afternoon, did some laundry, and had a shower. Then we walked up to a small hill above Tingri and had great views of Everest and Cho Oyu. It was exciting for everyone to see Cho Oyu for the first time.

We are now going to be resting in Tingri for the day. It’s a beautiful morning with blue skies and hardly a cloud in sight. After resting here today, early tomorrow morning we’ll make the 2-3 hour drive to Chinese Basecamp where we’ll settle in and begin the next stage of our expedition.

So everything is going really well here. Everyone is healthy, resting and looking forward to the next stage of the trip. Thanks for following along on our expedition. Bye.

6 September, 2008 :

Cho Oyu team acclimating in Nyalam

Hi, this is Dan, the leader of the SummitClimb Cho Oyu Autumn 2008 expedition.

Today’s dispatch is for 6 September. Our team rested in Nyalam today and we unpacked all of the trucks and sorted through all of our equipment, together with our sherpas. Some of our members went for a walk in the surrounding hills around Nyalam. It’s very beautiful.

In the afternoon some clouds came in and it sprinkled a bit of rain and a little bit of snow, but generally the weather has been really good. I would have to say it has been unusually good for this time of year.

All of our members seem to be healthy and we’re acclimatizing. Tomorrow on the 7th we plan to drive up to Tingri and have some more acclimatization up there.

So we’ll keep you posted and thank you very much for following our expedition news. Okay, take care. Bye, bye.

5 September, 2008

Cho Oyu team in Tibet now. Resting in Nyalam

Hi, this is Dan, the leader of the SummitClimb Cho Oyu Autumn 2008 expedition.

Today is the 5th of September and our group reached Nyalam. We’re in Tibet now and everyone is doing very well. We have 24 foreign team members, along with 4 Nepali and 10 Tibetan Sherpas. We’re having a lot of fun. Everyone seems to be adjusting to the altitude well. We plan to rest here tomorrow and then move up to Tingri on the 7th.

We’re wishing everyone well at home and thanks for following our expedition. All the best for now. Bye, bye. 

4 September, 2008 :

Team in Kodari. Crossing into Tibet soon. :

Hi, this is Dan, the leader of the SummitClimb Cho Oyu Autumn 2008 expedition.

I’m leaving a dispatch for 4 September. Our team is stuck in Kodari. We were unable to cross the border today because we found out that another special permit is required for us to go into Tibet. A motorcycle courier is travelling down to the border very quickly and should arrive at midnight with the special permit. Hopefully, we will be able to cross the border on the 5th of September.

All of our members and staff are doing well. Everyone is fine. They’re all waiting very patiently. The team seems to be a really good group. We’re excited about expedition and entering Tibet tomorrow. Thank you very much and we’ll keep you updated. Take care. Bye, bye.

3 September, 2008

Today we had our member briefing. Our two trekkers decided they would prefer to trek to Everest from the Nepal side. We received our visa to enter Tibet thanks to some very hard work done by many people. Our team now comprises 2 leaders, 3 leaders-in-training, and 19 members. We are a diverse group of men and women from around the world. Tomorrow (4 September) we plan to depart at 3:00 a.m. for the Tibet border and cross (hopefully) around 8:00 a.m. Wish us luck!!!!

2 September, 2008

Today all of our members arrived and we received the climbing permit. One member sadly could not join, as apparently no journalists were allowed this season.

Team Roster:

  • Mr. Dan Mazur - USA (leader)
  • Mr. Sam Mansikka - Finland (leader)
  • Mr. Max Kausch - Argentina (leader-in-training)
  • Mr. Erik Petersen - USA (leader-in-training)
  • Mr. Michiel Zuidweg - USA (leader-in-training)
  • Ms. Squash Falconer - UK
  • Ms. Suzy Madge - UK
  • Mr. Marko Aho - Finland
  • Mr. Kurt Blair - USA
  • Mr. Tom Clarke - Australia
  • Mr. Ron Cloud - USA
  • Mr. David Fairweather - UK
  • Mr. Heikki Kallio - Finland
  • Mr. Pertti Kalliola - Finland
  • Mr. Gary Kellund - USA
  • Mr. Raimo Koponen - Finland
  • Mr. Willem Leendertse - the Netherlands
  • Mr. John Pando - USA
  • Mr. Federico Rota - Italy
  • Mr. Vik Sahney - USA
  • Mr. Keith Spencer - USA
  • Mr. Gavin Turner - Australia
  • Mr. Mikko Valanne - Finland
  • Mr. Krzysztof Wasowski - Poland
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