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Cho Oyu Autumn 2002
Facts & History
Eric Simonson
IMG Cho Oyu Expedition Autumn 2002

Update # 9 September 20, 2002: Greetings. Ben Marshall phoned in this morning, it was the evening of the 20th over there in Tibet. Everyone is doing fine after 3 days of rest at Base Camp. Ben and some of the other expedition leaders have shared notes on plans for summit bids, and Ben indicated that a good number of teams, including ours, will start up on the 21st with summit bids in mind. Apparently there have been a few slabs of snow about 6-8 feet deep and 200-300 meters wide that have slipped off the mountains from below the first ice headwall (directly across the route) so everyone is going to need to be conscious of the avalanche conditions and make decisions accordingly. Ben also reports that high winds have really been scouring the upper mountain, so he feels conditions for climbing should be quite good and safe once they get up high. Sherpas from various teams are moving up to fix the route in the yellow band and get things buffed out and ready for larger numbers to move up. From our team, Ben Marshall, Mike Hamill, Rob Mackay, Rod Nelson, Jim Waldron and Jeff Miller will all start moving up tomorrow, the 21st, along with Doug Stoup and Kris Erickson. Rod, Jim and Jeff haven't yet slept at Camp 2, so they may stop there, sleep and descend before mounting a summit bid on the next rotation. Ben thinks that he and the others will contemplate mounting a summit bid from Camp 2 (skipping the overnight at Camp 3) if the weather conditions seem to begin to deteriorate. They'll make that call when they get up there and see how they feel.

John Griber is doing pretty well now and he and John Carnahan are heading down to ABC on the 23rd, hoping to leave BC via Jeep on the 24th and may make it all the way back to Kathmandu that day.

So that's the way it goes, sounds like things are on track, we'll hear about it when they descend in a few days


Eric Simonson

Expedition Organizer


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