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 Adventure Consultants Cho Oyu Expedition 2001

Three Updates:

Monday 10 Sept 2001 - Resting at Chinese Base Camp

The leader of the Adventure Consultants Cho Oyu Expedition 2001, Dean Staples, has called in with news of their progress so far. The group are all at the road end, or Chinese Base Camp as it is called, after having arrived there yesterday. They will rest one more night here and will then leave for their trek to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) tomorrow, taking two days to get to ABC. All in the group are feeling fine, and are ready for the move upwards tomorrow. On the journey from Kathmandu to Kodari they encountered large slips on the road and at one stage had to walk for 2 km, with all the gear being ferried by porters. Another slip blocked the road between Kodari and Zhangmu but they managed to get through.

Friday September 14 - Settling into Cho Oyu Base Camp

Hi Everyone, All's well at Advanced Base Camp (ABC). We arrived here on the 12th with Mike and Curt arriving yesterday after spending an extra day at BC ( Road end Base Camp) due to Curt not feeling well. But everyone is OK now and ready to go for our first hike up to Camp One to leave some gear. 

On the way to ABC one of the yaks lost it's load of 2 gas cylinders and they went all the way to the glacier bottom! So yesterday myself, Mingma and two Tibetans went down to retrieve 2 very battered gas cylinders! 

Dean Staples, Expedition Leader.

Monday 17 September 2001 - Camp One Day Walk

The AC Cho Oyu Expedition members are resting at Base Camp (5600m) today after a day walk to Camp One (6400m) on Saturday. Dean Staples reported in by phone that all in group were in good health and enjoying another rest day after the first day of exertion at high altitudes. It took most in the group 5-6 hours to get up to Camp I, and then 3-4 hours to descend so a fairly long day on the feet for all - these times will improve as they acclimatize. Since Curt Dowdy was a day behind the others in arriving at base camp he went up to a halfway point to Camp I and then descended. Mike Roberts had a minor throat infection so he did not go up on Saturday and his throat has thus recovered. 

Tomorrow they will all climb to Camp I and spend the night there, and then the following day will climb further up the ridge towards Camp II to cache some more gear. So far there are fixed ropes in place to Camp II. The weather has not been that good up until now. It has been snowing each day but that seems to be changing to clear mornings with snowfalls in the afternoons, which is the case today. The AC Expedition have a good site at base camp, as Ang Dorje had gone on ahead from the road end in order to ensure this. This morning they have been enjoying pancakes with Kiwi bacon and fresh coffee from Wanaka, cooked by the kitchen magicians Dawa and Ang Tshering, whilst being entertained with another of John Taske's Aussie jokes! Everyone at base camp has been keeping abreast of world news and the terrorist attacks in New York by listening to radio, on which they can receive the BBC World Service. 

The next expedition update will be on Thursday Sept 20th.

Dean Staples, Expedition Leader.

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