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 Alpine Ascents International Cho-Oyu Cybercast, Tibet (26,906ft/8,201m)

10/6/01  5:15pm, Cho-Oyu Advanced Base Camp, Tibet

Hi everyone, this is Todd I'm Back in Base Camp the whole group's down and safe and well.  We went up four or five days ago as Ruth reported, to attempt the summit and we got to Camp II and everything was in place and our team was strong and great, and we got hit with some really hard weather. 

A big storm came in and pinned us down and snowed for two days straight and winds blew.  It was a bit of a battle to stay warm and keep things together, but we did.  But it ended up creating an avalanche hazard up high, so after the weather cleared some, we still weren't able to go up because of the avalanche danger.  So it was disappointing, but everybody gave a great performance, and felt really good about the climb.  I was proud of the whole team; we stuck together.  We cleared the mountain yesterday afternoon and we're back in Base Camp about to have our first good dinner and celebrate our safe return home.  

So it was a mix in that we felt like it was a great expedition but the summit eluded us.  It was a good trip, and everybody is happy.  Our yaks come tomorrow afternoon and we'll head down on the 8th to Base Camp where we will hopefully have jeeps on the 9th to drive to the border of China and Nepal and the 10th be back at the Yak and Yeti having some fine dinners and getting ready to send everybody home.  it's been a great expedition and Tibet has been an amazing experience for us and we look forward to seeing everybody when we get back our best to everyone, bye bye.

Todd Burleson

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