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9/17/01  11:29am, Cho-Oyu Advanced Base Camp, Tibet

Hi everybody it's Todd from Cho-Oyu Base Camp, we got here last night.  Everything's great, we built a really nice camp, everybody worked hard because we're on a big glacier moraine, so we had to move big boulders around, but we've got all of our tents in camp, and we're all set up and everyone's relaxing today. The weather's beautiful, it's sunny, we've got some high clouds, you can't see the top of Cho-Oyu, but the mountain sits right in front of us.  We're really not more than about a quarter of a mile, or half mile from the Nangpa-La, which is right on the border of Tibet and Nepal, that's how we get down, we'd love to be able to cross that way and go down to Lhakpa's house, our climbing Sirdar, it's only two days walk away, but it's not legal for us to cross the border, so we're going to stay up here.

It's a high base camp, higher than most, at 18,500 feet, where Everest Base Camp is only 17,300.  Everybody seems to be doing great and recuperating, we pushed pretty hard for two days, we went from 16,000 up to here, with 7 to 8 mile days, over rocky terrain, everybody feels great and we're right on schedule.  The mountain looks good, it's absolutely beautiful here, we're surrounded by big glaciers and peaks that look like, we have one peak right across from us that looks like the Eiger.  Life is good, and we're eating well and everyone's very happy.  Our thoughts are with everybody back in America, and thank you for all of your emails encouraging us to keep going instead of returning home and we hope that everybody's life is getting back into order back there and that everything will slowly work out.  That's it from Base Camp right now and we'll talk to you soon.

Todd Burleson

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