NEWSLETTERS - Cho Oyo Autumn 1998

Newsletter 2017 September 1998

Load Carry C1 - C2

Most of the team had a restless first night at C1. We woke at 4.00am to start brewing drinks and set off at 6.30am up the snow slopes to C2. The steeper sections of the slope were fixed with ropes for safety. The snow conditions were good and progress was slow, but steady. It was not particularly cold until we reached the bottom of the steep ice-cliff. The ice-cliff was technically easy, but lead to everyone having frozen hands, regardless of the number of pairs of gloves they were wearing. On top of the ice-cliff we were in the sun and it became very hot.

The final traverse to C2 at 7000m was exhausting. What had taken all day to climb we descended in 1 hour 15 mins.