As you will know from the previous newsletter we were a happy team having had seven of our members summit and all return safely! Since then, the second summit team: Kevin, Rob and Jo together with two sherpas, Lopsang and Karsang made a summit bid on 27th and thankfully were successful, of course with much elation and exhaustion (this does not include the sherpas who seem to have endless strength at altitude !!).
On Sunday the 21st September 2003, the Himalayan Experience team extended its history of success on Cho Oyo 8201m the world's sixth highest mountain. Seven team members, seven Sherpas and expedition leader Russell Brice (8th ascent) summitted in good weather. The team also made a very quick and ordered descent down to camp 1, bypassing camps 3 and 2 to ensure a safe and comfortable night, the Sherpas and Russell even went to ABC.
Dispatch Four: Camp One Acclimatisation
The plot thickens !!!!! Meaning that in a little while we will be off on the quest for the summit of Cho Oyo....More of that later..
Dispatch 3: The Gambi Anniversary
As a footnote to the last newsletter, we (Rob and I - Jo), would just like to say a big, "thank you" to Russ, his sherpa team and all the other team members for giving us a most wonderful and memorable 7th wedding anniversary.
Dispatch Two: Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp
Friday the 5 September was the last full day that we spent at base camp and it was a day of mixed emotions. Firstly it was the day of departure of Juhani and Merja the Finnish couple who had come with intent of reaching base camp and spending some time viewing the mountain. We were all very sad to see them go, they had been very good traveling companions. Some of us had also benefited from Juhani's skill as a doctor and Merja's as a nurse.
Dispatch One: Kathmandu to Basecamp
Hello and welcome to the dispatches for the 2003 Cho Oyo Himalayan Experience Expedition. During the course of the expedition we will be posting a number of dispatches that will relate to key points and events while we try to climb this the sixth highest mountain in the world. We hope to provide information that is informative, interesting and even entertaining.
Russell BRICE: 51 years, New Zealand, Expedition Leader
Richard MANSFIELD: 44 years, British, International Mountain Guide UIAGM since 1978, Himex Guide.
Previous Experience: Patagonia 1989, Mera Peak, Denali 1991, Manda II First Ascent 1992, Island Peak, Lobuche East 2002