NEWSLETTERS - Cho Oyo Autumn 1998

Newsletter 1512 September 1998

Acclimatisation trek

First really good views of Cho Oyu from close up. There seems to be an awful lot of snow on the upper slopes, but a blast of wind will take care of that. Time to start behaving like mountaineers so it was off for an acclimatisation trek up the moraine. Everyone felt great, for the first 20 seconds, and then wished they were back in their tents. Interesting route finding and eye straining looking for marker flags. Moraine is dominated by huge penitentes as it dog-legs right, towards the final scree slope to C1. It would have been good to have some technical axes (and some energy!) It was now a lottery as to who felt good or bad, but that evening at ABC everyone was tired.