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

9/20/01  9:35pm, Cho-Oyu Advanced Base Camp, Tibet

Hi everybody it's Todd, it's about 9:30 on Wednesday night.  We have been out and been working pretty hard the last couple of days.  We did a carry up to Camp I from ABC which is 21,000 feet.  It's right on the ridge, a beautiful ridge, overlooking all of the valleys around and all of the beautiful mountains.  It's a long ridge, you have to walk about three or four hours up a glacier moraine, it's safe but kind of broken, a lot of ups and downs, and little hills and then we go around a kind of scree slope for about another 1,500 feet, so we are able to actually go to Camp I just in regular trekking boots, which is pretty amazing for 21,000 feet.

Everyone's doing fantastic and in good health.  We had a rest day today and we did some Jumar practice and some technical things that we need to work on for the mountain.  Tomorrow will be another rest day for us we and then will move up to Camp I and sleep and then head up towards Camp II.  The weather's been fantastic it's just beautiful and sunny here and the group's happy and eating well, and the mountains are beautiful, we've had some beautiful nights, the stars and the milky way are out.  All of the climbers seem fit and ready to go up the hill.  Life is good here in base camp, it was a very hard day, but everybody pulled through it really really well and our acclimatization is going along good.

Also, quickly about our Puja, we had a Puja, the day before we went up.  It was great, Tsering, one of our four Sherpas, he used to be a Lama, now he is called a Bhikkhu Lama, and that means he has changed from being a Buddhist Priest to a climbing Sherpa.  He did a beautiful Puja for us, we put up our prayer flags and made the Tsampa flour and went through the variety of blessings and burned juniper and asked blessing of the deities and gods of the mountains to let us climb safely.  It was a beautiful experience and it was another beautiful and sunny day.  The weather's been really good since we've been here.  That's it for our cybercast right now, we hope everybody in America is great, and we wish you all the best.  Bye bye.

Todd Burleson

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