IMG Cho Oyu Expedition Autumn 2002
Update #11 September 27, 2002: Ben
Marshall reported in from ABC with bad news and good news. The bad
news is that they have suffered 4-5 days of terrible weather, lots of
snowfall and heavy winds. He and Mike Hamill made a recon climb up to
Camp 1 today to survey the damage, which was pretty bad. Almost all
tents in that camp for all teams were flattened, some with poles
"smashed to smithereens", and personal gear strewn all across the
mountain. Apparently Camp 2 fared better and wasn't destroyed. Ben and
Mike were able to gather up all the personal gear for our team (had to
fix some line to lower down the face to get a couple of folks'
duffels, but retrieved everything) and we've got extra tents at ABC
that can be used to restore Camp 1, so it's not "game over" yet.
The good news is that the weather has
now cleared and is looking pretty good for the next few days, so the
IMG team and a few others will move up to Camp 1 tomorrow (the 28th)
with a view toward continuing to Camp 2 on the 29th and restoring that
camp as well as sending some people up to put Camp 3 in place, with
possible summit bids mounted from Camp 2 (skipping the sleepover at
Camp 3) on the 30th. All are wary of the heavy snow load up high.
Apparently one team mounted a summit bid early in the week and
encountered heavy, slabby, waist-deep snow above Camp 2, which forced
their retreat. So to this point, the mountain has shut everyone out,
and the climbing bids planned for the next few days might be
everyone's last shot with the season coming to a close very soon.
Ben says the IMG team is excited about
the prospect of giving it one more good try, so we'll look forward to
hearing from them in a few days with the story about how it all turned
out. We may not hear from him until early next week, so until then,
let's keep our fingers crossed for them!
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