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9/28/01  8:39am, Cho-Oyu Advanced Base Camp, Tibet

Good afternoon everybody, this is Luis Benitez calling for Alpine Ascents International.  Sorry we've all been so tardy in delivering messages to the outside world, but we've been busy trying to climb this mountain.  As it stands rights now, we're all at camp II and everybody's coming back down to Base camp for a couple of days of rest before we start for our final summit bids.  The past couple of days have seen us at Camp I, acclimatizing, making small carries towards Camp II and dealing with more technical terrain between Camp I and Camp II.  Camp III is only a couple of hours above Camp II, so the point where we will push off for our summit bid is pretty darn close to where everyone has acclimatized up to at this point.

All the oxygen is in place, the tents are in place, everything seems to be about as ready as it can be.  The weather seems to be cooperating tremendously, mornings usually start out with light winds on the summit that dissipate by late morning, early afternoon, which seems to show pretty good signs for our upcoming summit attempts.  Everybody's in good spirits, seems to be feeling good, everyone's looking forward to a couple of days of rest back down there at Base Camp before we start off for our final attempts.  Some teams have already attempted the summit and are starting to leave, so Base Camp is beginning to become a little bit smaller, but there are still people here who are going to be trying right along beside us.  The National Geographic Team, a couple of teams from Slovakia that are trying to ski off the summit, a team from Spain, a team from Norway and I believe one more team from Japan.  So we'll be trying to check in as much as possible over the next couple of days, letting you know how we're feeling, what we're thinking and when we plan on leaving Base Camp for our summit bid.  Till then this is Luis saying to everyone back home have a pleasant day and we'll talk to you soon, bye bye.

Luis Benitez

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