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 Altitude Junkies Shishapangma Spring 2002

Four British and American climbers attempting the original Chinese route, the Northeast ridge in alpine style to the central summit, traversing the summit ridge, to the main summit if conditions allow us. Mike O Brien USA, Phil Crampton USA, Chris Fox UK and Owen Tomkins UK plan to depart Katmandu on the 23rd April for Shishapangma advanced base camp. 

" We originally had seven members for the expedition, but three members (2 American and 1 British) have dropped out due to economic and other fears since the September 11 attacks. We notified the Chinese Mountaineering Association of our plans before the attacks, so we have our own permit. Due to my familiarization with the CMA they are allowing us to allow extra climbers to join our expedition and permit to help us share the expedition expenses. We plan to use no Sherpas. Our base camp and advanced base camp will be staffed by a local Tibetan cook. We will use an additional Tibetan cook boy if the team numbers increase. We would like to thank our sponsors especially Mike at Sierra Designs for his continued support."

Yours sincerely, Phil Crampton

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