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 The International Mountain Guides Cho Oyu 2001 Expedition

Dispatch #9 IMG Team
View looking up from Camp One. Note ice cliff halfway to Camp 2.

John Race reports from ABC that all is well and that the weather has improved significantly in the last few days.  Things are drying out and there has been much less snowfall.  Conditions were good for their recent foray to Camp 2.

On September 16th John, Slate, Chris, Mike, Reid, and Bruce went to Camp 1 to spend the night.  On the 17th John, Slate, Chris, and Mike climbed to Camp 2 (23,300 feet) and spent the night there.  Reid and Bruce made it partway, but turned back.  On the 18th they all descended to ABC and now plan to rest for three days (19, 20, 21) before making a summit bid.  Steve and Scott are planning to go to Camp 2 on the 19th to sleep, prior to their summit bid.

Olivia returned to ABC today after a good trek to Rongbuk Base Camp with Gavin.  They trekked three days via Lamna La pass over to the Rongbuk Valley, where our jeep picked them up and transported them up to the Base Camp.  Olivia reported that the weather was great and that they had good views of all the mountains.  After going to Rongbuk, the jeep took them back to Tingri, and Gavin continued on to the border at Zhangmu, and on to Kathmandu.  Olivia caught the jeep on the return to Cho Oyu Base Camp, and hiked up to ABC yesterday.

The plan for the summit bid is to go to C1 on the 22, C2 on the 23, C3 on the 24, and summit on the 25 (if all goes according to plan!).

Eric Simonson

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