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Summitclimb Cho Oyu Expedition Autumn 2006: Snow and more snow


 

This is Phil Crampton reporting for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu Expedition.  We awoke this morning, September 25, to find our Base Camp covered in  knee-deep snow.  All of our tents needed digging out.  But we faired better than our next-door neighbors, they had some expensive Base Camp tents destroyed by the heavy snowfall and were trying frantically to save the others from the continuing snowfall.

The leaders from several teams have been consulting with each other over their weather reports.  The general consensus is that we are to expect snowfall for another one to two days.  Already, we have had five days of continuous snowfall on the mountain.  A sole Chinese climber who spent last

night at Camp 1 at 6,400 meters has reported of chest-high snow in the camps.  As more teams depart Advanced Base Camp we are confident that the weather will soon cooperate with us.  We plan to take extra tent poles to Camp 2 just in case the heavy snowfall has battered some tents and we have to dig out and re-establish the camp.  Avalanches are occurring on Cho Oyu's amazing peaks as we sit safe in the tents at Advanced Base Camp.

Most of the commercial expeditions have agreed not to send any climbing Sherpas above Camp 1 until the snow conditions are safe, as this Fall season has seen an unusually large amount of snow.

We are still being amused at Advanced Base Camp by our various members.  Our Californian surfer dude Jason Marsh, has been telling tall stories involving tropic locations involving sun, surfing and beer.  Many of the other members are now planning to stop off in Thailand en route home after we attempt to summit Cho Oyu. 

On a lighter note, the sun came out briefly this afternoon before it continues to snow and we took the opportunity to have a snowball fight, or should I say a battle, which lasted several hours with the Chinese Expedition and their Tibetan Sherpas.  Needless to say we stood our ground, and did the SummitClimb tradition proud, even though we had our BBC TV Presenter taken hostage in the melee.  He's safe and sound.  This is Phil Crampton, SummitClimb Cho Oyu 2006.

Dispatch Index

Summitclimb Cho Oyu 2006 Expedition Team:

Dan Mazur. England and USA. Expedition organiser. 

Phil Crampton. England and USA. Expedition Leader.

Arnold Coster. Holland. Expedition Leader. 

Philip Ling.  Australia and St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria. Expedition leader in training.

Philippe Caboche. France.

Alain Denamiel. France.

Martin Holton. England and Belgium.

Samuli Mansikka. Finland.

Jere Pettersson. Finland.

Thomas Sexton. USA.

David Cole. Australia.

Lee Farmer. UK.

Stephen Lawes. UK.

Jason Marsh. USA.

Stephen Marsh. UK.

Stephen Backshall. UK.

Paul Burgess. Canada.

Gianfranco Valente. Italy.

Michael Hsu. USA and China.

 

Tibetan staff list for the current Cho Oyu expedition:

Head Climbing "Sirdar": Luda

Regular Mt. Climbing Staff: Dunba, Ping Tso, & Gesang

Personal Climbing "Sherpa": Tseren Dee'anja

Cooks: Sange

Cook helper: Chanba

 

 

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