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 Alpine Ascents International Cho-Oyu Cybercast, Tibet (26,906ft/8,201m)

10/2/01  8:30am, Cho-Oyu Advanced Base Camp, Tibet

This is Ruth continuing the report from Advanced Base Camp.  Flying overhead are large black birds called Goraks, they look like very large ravens.  When they swoop down over your tents, their wings make a sound like a jet airplane without an engine and you have this constant sound of the birds overhead.  I had a fight with one yesterday as he tried to steal my only bar of soap and fly off with it.

There's a Chinese bar up here that serves beer and cokes, it almost reminds you of M*A*S*H, it's a big tent that I think if you spent any real time in there you would surely come up with Tuberculosis or possibly any kind of serious lung infection.  Tomorrow, I will describe to you what a typical night is in camp.  But that's pretty much all for now, sorry to be so verbose, but it's very lonely up here and it helps to talk to you back home.  

I will also say that it is very hard here to stay here when our country has been hit with such a very tragic event, it's hard being so far from home at this time.  None of us feel it's real, all we know is what we hear on the BBC, and we have our own mental pictures but we feel so far removed from this tragedy and from the confusion and pain that is associated with it, that we know we will have to experience this when we get home.  We have also heard that Todd and Lhakpa have lost one of their friends, Jim Roux who was on one of the Boston flights. It seems like a small thing but we did carve a stone with his name and the date September 11th, and will leave it on the summit of Cho-Oyu in his honor, Todd is carrying that in his backpack right now.  We also decided to dedicate this climb to all those who have been touched by this tragedy.  It seems like again a small thing, but it's all we can do at this time.  

I'm going to talk to you tomorrow, and goodbye for now from Tibet, this is Ruth signing off from Alpine Ascents' Advanced Base Camp, goodbye.

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