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 Adventure Consultants Cho Oyu Expedition 2001

Wednesday 3 Oct - Summit Attempt on Cho Oyu

The Adventure Consultants climbers have returned to Cho Oyu Base Camp without the summit being reached, but not for lack of trying! By Sunday 30 Sept they had moved up to Camp III (7500m) in preparation for their summit attempt the following day. They set out very early in the morning on Oct 1 in windy and snowy conditions, and climbed until they reached the rock band at 7700m. The weather began to deteriorate further so a decision was made to turn around and retreat to Camp III. 

After waiting most of the day at 7500m on Oct 1 for the weather to improve they made a collective decision to descend, since by all reports the weather was getting worse and it was now snowing at Base Camp also, and snowing heavily on the upper mountain. Camp III was broken down and they retreated off the mountain arriving back at BC on Oct 2. All up they spent over 24 hours at Camp III height, using oxygen for sleeping, so physical reserves have been sapped and another attempt is not possible. This season on Cho Oyu the weather had been reasonably good up until this point. The AC climbers have accepted the fact that the weather has not been on their side on this occasion, even with a very flexible itinerary, and they are now packing up BC to prepare for the overland journey back to Kathmandu. The yaks have been ordered for Oct 4th and hope to be back in Kathmandu by Oct 6th.

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