This is Phil Crampton reporting for the SummitClimb Cho Oyu
Expedition. What a difference a couple of days make. The 26th and 27th of
September have seen gorgeous weather days on the mountain, which went against
some of our weather reports we had received. Yesterday morning, many of the
large commercial expeditions were just hoping to salvage some equipment from
Camp 1 and Camp 2 and then depart the mountain at the earliest possible
moment. We had decided to stay and sit out the bad weather and we think our
decision will pay off. Needless to say, most of those groups have now decided
to stay and attempt the summit.
Today, September 27th, saw a handful of climbers go to Camp
2. The mountain has received a huge amount of snowfall, and these brave souls
decided only to give the snow one day to settle before heading up. Many teams
are planning to start to move to higher camps tomorrow, as many as 20. We
would like to avoid any dangerous traffic jams on the fixed ropes and we have
decided to depart Advanced Base Camp the day after the majority of the other
expeditions, forming two summit groups.
Our first summit group will depart on the 29th of September
and hopefully summit on October 2nd. This group will consist of Englishmen
Stephen Backshall and Martin Holton, Australian David
Cole, the Finnish climber Samuli Mansikka, Tibetans Luda
and Dunba and myself.
Our second group will depart on the 30th of September and
hopefully summit on October 3rd. This group will consist of the Englishman
Lee Farmer, Frenchmen Alain Denamiel and Philippe Caboche, Americans Michael
Hsu and Jason Marsh, Australian Philip Ling, and the Tibetans Ping Tso and
Our Sherpas went to Camp 1 today and and dug out all of our
tents. They were completely covered with snow but survived with no damage at
all. Tomorrow the Sherpas will excavate Camp 2 in preparation for our summit
attempts. I hope to send another dispatch in a few days with good news of
summits. Phil Crampton with 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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