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 The International Mountain Guides Cho Oyu 2001 Expedition

Dispatch #6 IMG Team
Looking up the Gyabrag Glacier and the Nangpa La Pass from about halfway to ABC

John 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.

The 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.

John 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.

IMG 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!

Eric Simonson reporting for IMG on EverestNews.com

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