Team Reaches Camp One on Cho Oyu

Posted by: | September 21, 2010
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Cho Oyu
Elevation: 20,500 ft.

Hey everybody back home, this is Casey checking in from the Cho Oyu Expedition.

The team has safely returned from our first acclimatization foray up on the upper mountain. On Sunday we left ABC and headed up to Camp 1. It took about 45 minutes less than our first climb up there. The team did great. We spent the night again to continue our acclimatization. In the morning we woke up to a beautiful morning so we got up and hiked to almost Camp 2, which sits about 23,000’. We set some new altitude records for a few folks. We headed back down to Camp 1 and had another night’s rest up there.

This morning we woke up early and descended the rest of the way back to ABC. Everyone’s doing great but a little bit tired from all the walking and hard breathing at this high altitude. Everybody’s in great spirits. On our acclimatization hike, the only day we had to go to Camp 2, it actually didn’t snow that day but it did snow that evening. We’ve been here about a week and it has been snowing every day, light accumulation but it is a trend that we’ve had. Been kinda nice but at the same time we are missing the sunshine. Another positive note is that it has been three weeks since we left the states and we are officially halfway through our trip. Hopefully in about two more weeks we are looking to reach the summit. And then maybe in about one week after that we’ll be leaving the mountain.

We are going to spend the next two days resting here at ABC. We will check in again in another day or so.

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