Team Arrives at Advanced Base Camp on Cho Oyu

Posted by: | September 15, 2010
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Cho Oyu
Elevation: 18,500 ft.

Hello everybody this is Casey checking in from Cho Oyu.

A lot has happened in the last few days. First off, we left our Interim Camp and have safely arrived at Advanced Base Camp where we will be based out of for the remainder of the climb. It was a beautiful hike across the moraine to reach a moderately flat spot which sits at 18,500’ and makes it one of the highest Base Camps in the world.

The team pulled into camp and immediately began working hard to get camp set up. After most of our yaks arrived, we collected our things and got settled in for the night. It snowed most of the night and we woke up to warm, sunshine this morning which was welcomed by all.

Today we had our Puja ceremony which is a Buddhist ceremony where we ask for safe passage and for a safe climb. A Buddhist holy man, called a lama, presided over our ceremony. It was very surreal to hear the lama chanting while we sat looking up at the mountain we hope to climb. We made some small offerings to the mountain mostly food and drink which the local birds happily cleaned up. It snowed during the ceremony which the lama said was a good sign.

It continued to snow for the rest of the day and we spent time resting and acclimatizing to this new altitude.

Everyone is doing great and we are having fun too.

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