Guides Cho Oyu 2001 Expedition
#6 IMG Team
up the Gyabrag Glacier and
the Nangpa La Pass from about
halfway to ABC
Race reports that the Cho Oyu team is doing well.
Yesterday (Sept 9) the Sherpas and members had their
puja ceremony at ABC. Today (10th) everyone completed
a carry to Camp 1 (at about 20,600 feet) in good time
(4-5) hours. Mike Bell is staying at C1 to
sleep. The others came down for a rest day, then
will go back to sleep at Camp 1 on the night of the
12th. On the 13th they hope to go up and have a
practice climb / acclimatization day on the ridge
between C1 and C2. Included in this will be
climbing the ice cliff to get used to ascending the
steep fixed rope and rapelling down.
conditions on the mountain are reported by the team to
be good, with very mild temperatures and with no wind.
There has been snowfall nearly every afternoon, but
there does not seem to be any accumulation on the
mountain since the temperatures are warm and the snow
settles. The route is fixed to C2 now (by the Koreans
and Japanese who were there first) and the IMG team is
going to carry rope higher to fix on summit day.
reports that a Korean climber died yesterday near the
IMG Advanced Base Camp. Apparently the guy was
being carried down (after having been sick at ABC for
several days) and he died on the trail.
Trekkers Olivia and Gavin, are going to go back
down to BC on the 13th, and will trek to Everest Base
Camp at Rongbuk with several Tibetans and yaks after
that. We have had teams trek into Everest Base
Camp several times now, and it is a good adventure
(cross Lamna La pass, about 16,800 feet which is
between the Everest and Cho Oyu drainages). More
on this to follow!
Simonson reporting for IMG on EverestNews.com