Cho Oyu Expedition Time
13: 5:30 pm
September 26 NEPAL TIME
Seven members of the IMG
Cho Oyu team have reached the SUMMIT, and have returned to Camp 2. I spoke
to Chris several times in the last 12 hours as the summit bid progressed.
Here is the wrap up:
The team spent two
nights at Camp 2 on the ascent to wait for better weather (it was after the
first of these two nights at Camp 2 that Mark started getting cerebral edema,
and had to go down with Chris...he is doing fine and is now on his way back to
Kathmandu). The remaining summit team went on to Camp 3 on the 25th. All
members of the summit team left Camp 3 on schedule in the early morning dark.
Shortly above Camp 3 Jim decided to turn back and descended with Karma Rita
back to Camp 3. Karma Rita went back up and rejoined the team at the Yellow
Band, where Josef decided to turn back. Karma Rita again descended to Camp 3
with Joe, then the three of them descended to ABC safely, meeting Nancy (who
had climbed up to sleep at Camp 2) and Panuru. They are all down safe at ABC,
along with Tamara, Chris, and Ang Jangbu.
The remaining summit
team members pushed on up, with excellent weather. Adam and Phu Nuru
summitted first, at about 9:30am. Lanta, Peter, and Mike summitted about
11:00am with Ang Pasang and Danuru. Justin, Garrett, Mingma, and Lindon
turned from the plateau, just below the summit, at about 12:30pm. They all
descended safely and are back down at Camp 2, where they are spending the
night, planning to descend to ABC tomorrow. Over the next couple days all the
gear will be brought down and the team will finish packing up.
Yaks have been ordered
to arrive ABC on the 29th, and the team plans to descend and travel to Tingri
on the 30th. On October 1 the plan is for the team to cross the Friendship
Bridge to Nepal, and to arrive Kathmandu that evening.
While the climb is far
from over, it is certainly a big relief to know that everyone is safe and
getting ready to head for home, and that we have succeeded with our twelfth
Cho Oyu expedition with putting over 100 people on the summit of the world's
sixth highest mountain.
Congrats to the team and
thanks to everyone who has made the trip possible. Also, thanks to Alpine
Ascents and Adventure Consultants for letting us use their satellite phones
after our sat phone mysteriously stopped working.
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