This is Phil Crampton reporting for SummitClimb Cho Oyu
Expedition. Today, September 23, saw the third continuous day of snowfall on
the mountain. Steve Marsh, Steve Lawes, and Philippe Caboche all returned to
Advanced Base Camp today from Camp 1, where they were hoping to advance to
Camp 2 before the bad weather set in.
Jason Marsh, Michael Hsu, and the Finnish climbers Samuli
Mansikka and Jere Pettersson are still hunkered down at
Camp 1 hoping for a break in the weather. Our weather forecast predicts
another day of snowfall and already there is knee deep snow at 6,400 meters
and even deeper snow at 7,100 meters. Several teams have already departed
Advanced Base Camp for Katmandu as their departure dates had arrived before
they even got a chance to reach Camp 3.
We still have two weeks remaining on our schedule, and with
most members having already slept at Camp 2, we are confident of making three
summit attempts once the weather has improved and the snow over Camp 2 has
consolidated for safe travel.
The remaining members at ABC have been occupying their time
during the storm period by playing international Scrabble. It's very
interesting watching and listening to Australians and Englishmen making up
complete nonsense words and having a BBC TV prounouncer judge over the
proceedings. Our 62-year-old Italian member, Giofranco Valenti, keeps us
amused with his stories of women, wine and song. He truly is an inspiration
to all of us who are somewhat younger than he.
Our summit strategy has changed once again due to the deep
snow on the mountain. We now all plan to use Camp 3 as our departure camp
instead of Camp 2, as the trail-breaking from Camp 2 would be too exhausting
to the summit. Hopefully we will report on some good weather in the next few
days and our progress in establishing Camp 3 at 7,450 meters. Phil Crampton
SummitClimb Cho Oyu 2006.
Summitclimb Cho Oyu 2006 Expedition Team:
Mazur. England and USA. Expedition organiser.
Crampton. England and USA. Expedition Leader.
Coster. Holland. Expedition Leader.
Ling. Australia and St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria. Expedition leader in
Holton. England and Belgium.
Gianfranco Valente. Italy.
Hsu. USA and China.
Tibetan staff list for the current Cho
Head Climbing "Sirdar": Luda
Regular Mt. Climbing Staff: Dunba, Ping Tso, & Gesang
Personal Climbing "Sherpa": Tseren Dee'anja
Cook helper: Chanba
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