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 The International Mountain Guides Cho Oyu 2001 Expedition

Dispatch #4 IMG Team prepares to move to Advanced Base Camp

Expedition Leader John Race reports that the IMG team has been busy preparing loads and getting ready to leave Base Camp on September 5.  The ten western climbers and five sherpas will be accompanied by about 35 Tibetan yaks and 12 yak drivers from one of the local villages. The yaks will carry about 30 kilos per load (2 loads per yak).  This is more than they can carry in the springtime season (because the yaks are stronger in the autumn after they have been eating grass all summer). The team will move up to Interim Camp, at about 17,000 feet for one night, en route to ABC (at about 18,500'). This will be the only time that members sleep at Interim Camp.  Later in the trip, when people are better acclimatized, climbers will go directly up and down to and from BC and ABC.  Right now there are five other teams at Base Camp getting ready to move up, and three teams at Advanced Base Camp (these are reportedly one Japanese and two Korean).  So far so good!

John Race reporting for IMG on EverestNews.com

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