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 The International Mountain Guides Cho Oyu 2001 Expedition

Dispatch #1 John Race reports from Kathmandu 

Stardate August 27, 2001, Our 2001 IMG Autumn Cho Oyu expedition has reached Kathmandu and we are preparing to leave for 6 or 7 weeks in Tibet.  The team looks strong and people are getting to know each other pretty quickly. 

The rain this afternoon has been very impressive and has made it clear that the monsoon is not over yet. This very same rain will be depositing snow in the mountains, but also keeping temperatures warm early in the expedition.

We are expecting there to eventually be 24 to 29 expeditions on the Tibetan side of the mountain.  I am happy that we are getting an early start on the climb. Hopefully our early efforts will keep us well ahead of the mayhem that 29 expeditions will inevitably breed.  The positive side is that many of the other expeditions are led by people we have come to know well over the years and we should be able to share the work of building a route, breaking trail, and establishing camps.

I am going to keep this short as jet-lag has destroyed my ability to stay awake much past 7pm, and we have an early start tomorrow morning. 

Our planned itinerary from here is:

Aug 28 Fly to Lhasa
Aug 29 Visit Lhasa
August 30 Drive to Shigatse
August 31 Drive to Tingri
September 1 Acclimate in Tingri
September 2 establish basecamp

John Race reporting for IMG on EverestNews.com

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