2002 Cho-Oyu Cybercast

October 1, 2002.  Chinese Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson, It's Tuesday 6 in the morning, we're at Chinese Base Camp we're looking at a beautiful day, clear finally, the weather's great but unfortunately we're leaving.  The trucks should be coming in at 9:00 this morning, so they should bring us on to the Zangmu-Kathmandu area soon enough.  Yesterday's hike went well, it took us about 4 hours to get down, spent the evening in a teahouse at Chinese Base Camp, talking to people, drinking beers and cokes, having a good time waiting for the trucks to show up. Today, hopefully we'll be taken all the way to Kathmandu if the Chinese will it.  We'll get back to you tell you what's going on and make sure everybody calls home, this is Eric Larson signing out.

September 29, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson, It's Sunday September 29th and our yaks have shown up.  Today turned out to be a pretty nice day, a bit windy but the weather held out well so we could finish packing.  We had a great last meal at ABC, we had fresh yak meat and the steaks were pretty good.  The yaks are here so tomorrow morning we should be taking off around 8 in the morning and head on down towards Tingri and hopefully spend the night in Tingri and then Kathmandu the next day,  But we'll keep in touch and let everyone know what's going on and make sure everybody calls home.

September 28, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson, it's Saturday September 28 about 5:00 in the afternoon, to let you know what's going on.  I look out my tent window and Nangpa-La pass is socked in. It's been windy and raining and snowing all day.  The forecast is calling for the 1st and 2nd to have better weather, and I think there are about 20 people going up again for the summit.  We are slowly packing our stuff up, drying sleeping bags out and drying our clothes out, packing the dirty clothes away.  Our camp is looking sort of haggard, it has a lot of snowdrifts hanging outside the tents, a lot of things are buried right now so we are digging out after the storm.  Tomorrow is going to be our last day in camp and the yaks should show up in the afternoon, but we can't really finish packing until we are totally ready to leave.  So the 30th should be a fairly busy morning and hopefully we'll be kicking out before lunch going down towards Chinese Base Camp.  But the weather is not cooperating very well, we can't really lay anything out to dry or repair right now, it will just blow away or get wet. so hopefully tomorrow it will clear up enough to get packed up and organized for our return to Kathmandu. I'll give you a call tomorrow and let you know how it goes, this is Eric Larson signing out.

September 27, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson, it's Friday September 27.  I'm calling you at around 9:30 in the morning, we got back last night from our summit push around 4:30 in the evening, and we were pretty tired, so we didn't call in until this morning.  Everybody is doing fine, we didn't really have a good chance to go for the summit, the winds picked up even more and dumped a lot of snow. 

The 24th we went up to Camp II and it was a cloudy day but sort of calm and the winds didn't pick up until the afternoon, so we thought it might be clearing that night, but when we woke up in the middle of the night to go for the summit it blew right in and dumped about 8-10 inches of snow and pretty much ruined our chances of trying to break trail for the rest of the 4,000 feet to the summit, even with oxygen that would have been a hard task.  So unfortunately we ran out of time, so we came down yesterday. On our way down, coming from Camp II down to I, the winds were extremely high, about 50 mph, Phil and Britton did a great job staying on their feet, myself I was carrying a lot of weight breaking camp down. It was definitely nerve-wracking staying clipped into the fixed lines so we wouldn't get blown off the ridge, it was that high of winds, but we made it down to Camp I and to our amazement a lot of the tents were pretty much destroyed, crushed by the wind, flattened, a lot of poles were missing, people's tents were flapping everywhere, sleeping pads were flying in the air like carpets, so Camp I was like a disaster area.  Our two tents that we set up were holding the wind well, they were tucked behind little rocks, so that helped a little bit.  But definitely some other expeditions trips ended yesterday because of their tents getting destroyed.  We cleared all of our personal stuff out of our tents and took off down Kill Hill, the big scree slope.  We were definitely tired, the hike back took a couple of hours, luckily Lakchun our Tibetan friend met us half-way with some hot juice, and that helped us get the rest of the way.  The rest of the boys today are cleaning up Camp I and will take the tents down and get all oxygen and food and fuel down from Camp I and get ready for the yaks to come take us home.

Yesterday between Mingma and Lhakpa they cleaned camp II, we have 6 tents and a dozen bottles of oxygen at Camp I right now and Lakchun and his Tibetan friends are climbing up there as we speak to clean Camp I out. So we should be clear and ready to go by the 29th when our yaks show up.  The weather here has been pretty bad, high winds, 50 mph winds dumped about three feet of snow at ABC.  There's snowdrifts all around our tents.  The dining and kitchen tents are holding up well, against the winds, the zippers are definitely getting stressed but we've been digging out continuously to keep the camp from getting buried.  The climbing has definitely been slowing down, a lot of people this last few days was they're last chance, so we're a lot of us in the same boat.  But our entire team is down off the mountain safely, and they're healthy, tired, been eating and napping a lot and definitely excited to get home to see their family and friends.  This is Eric Larson signing out and tell you how it went with cleaning up the camps and some final thought on how things are going.

September 24, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody it's Tuesday, September 24th, about 10:00 in the morning.  We're going to cruise out today and do our final push for the summit of Cho-Oyu, see what happens.  Yesterday it was a beautiful day, the winds were dying down a little but the clouds were still swirling pretty good.  Today it snowed a little bit this morning, and Lhakpa and Mingma went up to Camp II to get everything ready and are probably as excited as everyone else to get the final push done with, it's been a long trip and we're definitely tired, but we still have enough energy and time for one final push.  Today we'll go up to Camp I and tomorrow we'll go up the west ridge to Camp II and meet Lhakpa and Mingma.  From there we have two options:  Either we can, if the weather's good that night we could start our summit push from Camp II with oxygen on and hopefully it will take about 12-14 hours from Camp II. If the weather doesn't look quite as good we will stay at Camp II and hold out there or go up to Camp III at 24,500 feet and spend the night there and try to go for the summit, but that would definitely take a lot of our energy out waiting around for the weather.

So we'll get back to you and tell you what's going on, so the next time you hear from us it will be our last chance so either we have given it our best chance or we have summited so we'll see what happens.  We've got a lot of supplies up high and a couple of other teams are going up so we are joining forces for the last push up the mountain.  This is Eric Larson signing out and we'll give you a call in a couple three or four days around the 28th and let you know how it all went.

September 22, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody it's Sunday, September 22nd.  You were probably not expecting our call.  We went up to Camp I yesterday and spent the night and this morning we tried to get up to Camp II, the winds have been extremely high, we're guessing 35-50 mph winds along the ridge so it was difficult for us to get up the ridge towards Camp II.  We tried this morning for about 45 minutes before we got blasted off, it was hard to keep our balance and we didn't think it was safe.  So we came down to Camp I and we decided to come all the way down to ABC and hopefully the wind will die down in the next day or two and then we'll start going up for our summit push. 

Luckily we have some more time built into the schedule, a little more flexibility for a wind delay like this which is great.  So we'll take tomorrow off and start reconsidering going back up the mountain for a final summit push. The forecast that we had is that the winds were going to die slightly, which is right about now, this evening they're sort of lower and then they're going to be picking up until the 27th. And the dying down on the 27th.   Also in the forecast they've been calling for 100% moisture and last night we got 6 inches of snow on Camp I.  So we'll see how it goes, hopefully the forecast opens up and the winds will die a little bit for us, we'll see in the next couple of days.  Hope everybody is wishing us luck and we'll be calling you and telling you what our next move is.  We'll call you soon an fill you in, this is Eric Larson signing out.

September 21, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson it's Saturday morning 8:50, the 21st.  I'm giving you a call to let you know we are taking off for our summit push, we should be summiting on the morning of the 24th from High Camp, Camp II.  It should take us roughly 14-16 hours to get back to camp after the summit, so on the 24th-25th we'll be down late at night, so we'll give you a call then to let you know if we succeeded or if something else got in our way.  The conditions on the mountain right now look pretty good , it's a little windy up high but the snow is great for hiking right now and I think the route is in the best condition that it's been in in the last couple of years, so it should look pretty good.  We're going to go to Camp I tonight and then all the way up to Camp II and then the summit.  We have oxygen and stoves and food in place at Camp III, we're the only ones up there right now, we'll se how everybody does.  This is Eric Larson signing out.

September 20, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson, it's September 20th at 4:30 on Friday night, not much going on at Base Camp, the winds have finally dies down, they've been pretty ugly here for about five days, really raking our camps up high and cooling the temperatures down a lot.  But it seems like it might have blown through, we're really well rest up right now and we're prepared to start going up for our summit bid tomorrow.  Along with the high winds a lot of snow has been stripped from the mountain; you look in the sliding scope at the upper mountain and the rock band is all bare of snow now, which is good it's easier for us to crampon and climb through.  The avalanche danger has definitely changed a lot in the past five days.  It's about moderate right now, it has a lot of pockets on the leeward side, we've seen a couple of large slides come down above the headwall, through the rock band and also to the left ridge that we were climbing on.  But none of these slides would have affected us at all.  Since they've happened, the wind has increased and really stripped a lot of the power and material away so I think the avalanche danger is pretty low right now.  Not much effect on our route, which is great for our summit bid.  Our camps are fully stocked, I, II, and III are ready to go for us, we're going to leave tomorrow after breakfast for our push, take it easy go up to Camp II, check out the weather forecast for Monday night, which will be our summit bid.  It sounds pretty good, it's one of the best weather days in the forecast so far, so with luck Monday night and Tuesday day should be good for our summit.

Today a bunch of the guides and other climbing groups got together and ha d a pretty good group discussion on what's going to happen on the mountain, some of the topics we spoke about were the fixed lines above Camp III, how they're going to be put in, who's going to do the work, how the people that do the work are going to be repaid financially or otherwise, cooperation with other teams and Sherpas is a must for this climb.  I'd say there are about 5-7 teams that are ready to summit between Monday and Tuesday so it should be a little crowded.  I think the weather is with us and we have worked out a good cooperation with other climbers, so we'll se how it goes.  I'll give you a call tomorrow and send everybody off with a big goodbye for the summit.  This is Eric Larson signing out.

September 18, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson with the call.  It's Wednesday September 18th at about 4:30 in the afternoon.  I'm giving you an update on what's been going on.  I'm calling you a little late in the day, it's been a long rest day everybody's been sleeping and eating hard, nothing but.  We started our acclimatization hikes on the 13th, we went from Advanced Base Camp to CI in about five and a half hours, people were acclimatizing well.  We spent two nights at Camp I and the second day we hiked up to the ridge a ways to the ice serac there and then back down for some more acclimatization.  On the 15th we moved to CII, it took about seven and a half hours roughly.  It was a hard push, going to a new altitude is always difficult, but they did really well.  It was a bit windy that day, which cooled everything down which was nice.  But the weather has changed a little, the wind has changed to the south and we have high winds with a little bit of moisture, up high, so things are changing we'll see what we have for our summit push, hopefully it will dry up and calm down so we can have a beautiful summit day.

On the 16th we pretty much just hung out at Camp II acclimatizing.  The first night up there they slept really well, the second night I think they slept pretty well, but they were anxious to get off the mountain, it's tough living at 7,000m roughly 23,300 feet.  That high you can't really rest, difficult to sleep and eat, not much of an appetite, we drank a lot of milk tea and a lot of ramen soup, that's about all we wanted.  On the 17th we descended all the way down to ABC, we took our time, we just strolled down the ridge, it was pretty windy when we left at 8:00 in the morning, so it was pretty cold for a couple of hours, and then once we got to Camp I it warmed up and cleared up so we rested at Camp I for about an hour before we continued down to Base Camp.  We arrived around 2:30 and everyone was pretty anxious to see Ang and the rest of the Sherpa staff, so we could eat a lot of food and drink for the rest of the day.  Our plan for the next couple of days is to rest and ea, rest and eat, and we're going to have 3 full rest days and watch for a weather window and conditions for our summit attempt.  It will probably be starting on the 21st, we'll move up to Camp I and from there about the 24th for summit day.  We'll move up all the way to Camp III, sleep on Oxygen at Camp III and hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can go for our summit push that day, the 24th probably.  We'll get back to you with more details about our summit attempt and more gossip I guess you would call it, about Base Camp life.  Right now I am going to go get a snack, drink some milk tea and rest some more.  This is Eric Larson saying hi to everybody and have a good night, bye. 

September 17, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson calling you from Cho-Oyu Advanced Base Camp, it's Tuesday September 17th we just got down about two and a half hours ago.  Everyone is doing real well, they're very tired, four days up high takes a lot of energy out of you.  We'll call tomorrow with more details, we just wanted to drop a line saying that we are down and at ABC and we'll give you more details tomorrow, this is Eric Larson signing out.

September 12, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson calling you from Advanced Base Cam[, Cho-Oyu, it's September 12th.  Things are going good, today was a rest day. We've been at Base Camp for the past couple of days, life around here has been pretty slow, our camp is about 50 meters away from the crowd, so it's a lot more quiet. a lot of sleeping going on, a lot of eating going on, we're making sure that we eat well, 7:30 breakfast: milk tea, served promptly, 12:30 lunch, 6:30 dinner, always a lot of food, too much food, then most people just hang out talk a bit and then go back to sleep.  

Between eating and sleeping we go and visit other expeditions, a lot of other people are hanging in Advanced Base Camp, there's roughly 200+ people living here right now, so there's a lot going on.  We're trying figure out their schedules they're trying to figure out our schedules, communicating with other teams about fixed ropes, and other strategies, good fun. Progress on the hill has been going good, Lhakpa and Mingma have been working hard for the past four days and are working with other teams putting fixed rope up, they've got ropes stretched from Camp I to Camp II, in the past couple of days they've moved tents, cooking equipment, O2 bottles, food up to Camp II so we're fully stocked up to Camp II.  Lhakpa and Mingma have been working really hard, and are coming down today and I'm sure they're going to be glad to be at Base Camp so they can eat and sleep a lot like we all do.  

The weather at base camp, it's been snowing a lot at base camp, but up at Camp II it has been clear so the weather has been coming off of Nangpa-La pass and just kind of sitting here and slowly raining and snowing on us.  The monsoon moisture is still here, so we're hoping that it will clear up in the next couple of weeks, so we can have a good summit bid.  The next couple of days;  we leave tomorrow morning, after breakfast, we'll hike up to Camp I and also spend an extra day and night at Camp I, so two days there, and then we'll go up to Camp II up the fixed lines for two more days and we should be down by the 16th if all goes as planned.

People are doing well, Britton and Philipp are really strong climbers so they're dragging me along which is great.  If everything goes on schedule it looks like we'll be summiting around the 23rd or 24th, but if anything delays us it will probably be weather.  Philipp has gotten over his cold, Britton has a bit of a sniffle, but I think he should be okay, we'll see how it goes on the hike tomorrow, but we've got plenty of time and energy to ride out the weather and any other unforeseen obstacles, so we'll get back to you.

That's about it for what's going on at camp, the only comic relief I can relay to you is 7:30 this morning when I woke up and rushed into the kitchen tent to get my first cup of black tea, and stepped through the tent really quickly, Bok Chun our Tibetan friend had all the eggs on the ground and I stepped on a whole crate of eggs, crushing probably 7 or 8 of them,  it was a rough way to wake up but we still got our scrambled eggs, hash browns, and French toast, so it wasn't too bad but I felt like kind of an idiot.  So that's it for what's going on at Base Camp we'll give you a call on the 16th.  I'm going to be on the hill with everyone, so no one will be here to man the phone, but we'll call you back in about 4 days.  This is Eric Larson signing out.

September 10, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson calling you from Advanced Base Camp on Cho-Oyu in Tibet.  It's September 10th right now about 7:30 at night, we just got back this afternoon from Camp I.  It was a good little two day jaunt.  On the 8th we had the Puja that I called before about, Took about three and a half hours for us to hike to Lake camp, spent the evening there, watched the stars, everybody's doing really well, they all slept well at that camp.  The next day on the 9th we hiked up a really ugly scree/dirt slope, took roughly two hours to Camp I where our tents were set up.  We moved our tents actually as they were up on a nice rock platform but rather exposed, and we put them down on the snow for better access and a bit more protected.  Spent the day wathcing the clouds go by, it was pretty quiet.  We woke up today and our Sherpas, Lhakpa and Mingma got up early and started pushing the fixed lines up higher.  We got above the ice serac which is at roughly 21,500 feet. Tomorrow they will team up with some other climbing Sherpas and push the ropes all the way up to Camp II.  So the work is getting done on the mountain slowly.  

A lot more teams are rolling into Advanced Base Camp now.  It's getting to be a small town; a big German team of 25 just rolled in, they have a lot of tents.  So the work should be getting finished, we should be sleeping up at Camp I within the week.  We're going to rest here for two days at Advanced Base Camp and then move up to Camp I for two nights and then move up to Camp II for 1 or 2 nights seeing how we feel.  

Hope everyone is doing well out there.  Britton says hello to Chris Small it's his 21st Birthday and Philipp says Happy Birthday to Therese, his little sister, it's her birthday as well.  I'd like to day hi to my wife and family. We're all doing really well, Phillip had a slight chest cold, he's getting over that right now, feeling really well.  Britton's nice and strong he complained a little bit about floaties in his water up high on the mountain, I guess he has to get over that to be a mountaineer.  Besides that everyone else is doing fine.  Our Sherpas are sleeping at Camp I tonight to work more on the mountain.  Otherwise it's really calm here, it's snowing right now we got about 2 inches on the ground at base camp but the temperature is roughly 20-25 degrees but wet so a nice bone-chilling cold.  SO we'll call you in a couple of days to let you know how the team is doing, and hopefully we'll be moving up to Camp I and II and looking at a possible summit in the two weeks or so.  This is Eric Larson signing out.

September 8, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is the Cho-Oyu expedition 2002 calling in, It's September 8th, Sunday it's roughly 12:30 in the afternoon,  This morning we had our Puja, it was a lot of fun, a lot of local Sherpas and Tibetans showed up for it, so we all hung out and did the ceremony together.  A Puja is asking permission to climb the mountain safely.

Right now we are leaving to go to Lake camp it's roughly 1,500 feet up and then we'll finish the rest of the hike to Camp I tomorrow morning and we'll sleep the night at Camp I also.  And we'll leave our sleeping bags and high altitude equipment up there.  We've established Camp I already, yesterday the Sherpas carried tenets and stove and pots and fuel up there for us.  And they're going to be joining us tomorrow and then they will be trying to put equipment higher on the mountain.  

It's Still pretty early in the game, it's snowing a lot here at night, clouds are moving in quickly and sprinkling around us all day.  Not many people are here at Base Camp are pushing up the mountain they are sort of waiting for other people to do the work, put the fixed lines in, so we'll see what happens with the fixed line game.  We'll give you another cybercast in another couple of days when we return from Camp I that should be on roughly the 10th..  This is Eric Larson signing off.

September 6, 2002.  Advanced Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is the Cho-Oyu Expedition calling in, it's Friday September 6th about 6:00 at night.  Just giving you a little update on what we've been doing.  Let's see on the fourth we left for ABC from the intermediate camp, it took us roughly 5 and a half hours it was slightly snowing during the hike, but the trail is really easy to follow because the yaks had beaten it in pretty well.  We showed up around 3:00 and slowly set up camp, everybody was definitely feeling the altitude a little bit. We set our tents up and the dining tent, everybody has their own Advanced Base Camp tent for their own privacy, which is great.  Yesterday we had a long rest day, we made camp more comfortable, we moved into our tents a little more unpacked all the food and all the goodies, stocked the dining tent, we made a couch out of rocks for our dining tent which makes it a bit more comfortable, with some back rests.  So we're slowly making our home which is going to be our home for the next month, so we want to make it work well for us.  

Today we went for a long hike right after breakfast, we had potato omelets, sausage and lots of milk tea and coffee.  The hike was about four hours, we hiked up towards Camp I and made it about half way then turned around.  We went there to acclimatize and also to find the route for Camp I because it's so rocky with ice moraines everywhere, so we're hiking up, down left and right trying to find the best path to the next camp so we can mark it with cairns.

ABC here is slowly growing, people are moving in, we can hear yaks moving past our tents.  Our camp is situated at the beginning of ABC right when you roll into camp, we're the welcome wagon.  Everybody will pass our tents first and then go into the main ABC area and set up camp.  We prefer to set our ABC up a little bit away from everyone else, it's a little quieter, cleaner, the water source is closer and it's a bit nicer overall.

We'll get back to you, tomorrow will be another rest day then the following day will be our Puja and then we're going to be start moving up the mountain and start our climb of Cho-Oyu.  Everybody's pretty anxious for that, but they're rested and feeling good.  We'll call you in a couple of days and let you know what's going on.  This is Eric Larson signing out.

September 4, 2002.  Intermediate Base Camp, Tibet
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson calling you again from Tibet.  It's September 4th about 9 in the morning,  We made it to intermediate camp last night at around 3:30; it was about a 5 hour hike and had a couple of stream crossings which were pretty refreshing.  Everyone did really well, we did have a couple of headaches when we arrived, which is common.  The Sherpas took real good care of us with hot soups and French toast this morning for breakfast.

Mikhail decided he didn't want to continue anymore, he wasn't feeling too well so he left Base Camp yesterday for Kathmandu.  Mikhail we are sorry you couldn't make it any farther we already miss you and wish you the best. We are still trying to figure out your magic tricks, we wish you the best.

I'd also like to say, Philipp is looking at me saying "Please please say hi to Jessica!"  Jessica we wish you a fun trip in Greece and we'll try to keep him out of trouble.  He has found his Yak friends and he's looking around for a new one.  We'll get back to you posted on Phillip's soap opera with his yak.  This is Eric Larson signing out.

September 2, 2002.  Chinese Base Camp, Tibet
Hello family and friends, this is Eric Larson calling you from Chinese Base Camp in Tibet.  It's September 2nd today, it's about 7:30 at night the skies are clear and the peaks are starting to come out.  Today was a good day, it was a bit windy though but the weather's looking like it's holding.  The monsoon moisture seems to be stepping out and the drier weather is coming in.

A quick review:  Yesterday we had a quick breakfast and then jumped in the Land Cruisers and went to Base Camp which is at 15,500 feet.  We set up a the camp, a big kitchen tent, a dining tent, 5 VE-25's for people to live in and the Sherpa made huge meals for us; we've had soups spring rolls, pizzas, fresh eggs and bacon the past few days.  It's good to get away form that oily Chinese food.  

We took a short hike after lunch and went up to roughly 16,000 feet to acclimatize.  Today after a good breakfast, we had a long hike and spent four hours going up to 17,300 feet and then after lunch we went up to 16,800 feet.  Between that we've been doing magic tricks and playing a lot of cards.  The yaks just moved in right before dinner to take our loads up tomorrow.  They can carry roughly 60 kg each that about 140 pounds.  We'll lay out all the loads, load the yaks and then we'll hike up to intermediate camp. It should take us 6-7 hours, taking our time, going nice and slow.  That camp will be at about 17,000 feet.  We'll set camp up there, and the next day we should finish our hike up to Advanced Base Camp, that should be on the fourth arriving at ABC at roughly 18,500 feet.  

Everybody's doing well, spirits are up, it's pretty crowded in Chinese Base Camp right now there's roughly 60-70 people, probably about 8 or 9 teams ready to go up tomorrow and the next day.  We're having fun meeting new people from different countries.  Everyone on the team is doing real well, and we'll call you in two days when we get to Advanced Base Camp where we will set up our permanent camp for the rest of the trip.  This is Eric Larson saying goodnight from Tibet.

August 31, 2002.  Tingri, Tibet
Hello everyone this Eric Larson calling on August 31st.  We made it to Tingri it's about 14,400 feet on the Tibetan Plateau, a small town on the road to Lhasa.  It's about a three and a half hour drive from Nalaam and we have to go over a 15,000 foot pass to get to it.  Everybody's doing well.  The road was a bit wet, and a bit bumpy so they were pretty tired after driving in the trucks for that long.

Yesterday in Nalaam we went for about a four and half hour hike.  We hiked up to 14,200 feet and it was a good hike, everyone did very well.  They are adjusting well to the Tibetan lifestyle.  The short hikes are helping and the oily greasy food that the Chinese are making it's sort of getting to their stomachs so they are eating more rice and potatoes right now to digest it better.  

Tomorrow we will be driving to Base Camp, Chinese Base Camp we call it, it's roughly 15,500 feet up the valley towards Cho-Oyu, towards Nangpa-La Pass.  We're going top spend about two days there and do a bunch of acclimatization hikes.  We'll get back to you, I'm going to do cybercasts every other on the mountain day unless something really exciting happens.  Everybody's doing really well, we'll give you a call as soon as the Yaks roll in, we'll start loading them up and start hiking up to about 17,000 feet and then the following day we'll be at Advanced Base Camp.  We'll get back to you on the 2nd with another call.  This is Eric Larson signing out.

August 29, 2002.  Kathmandu, Nepal
Hello Alpine Ascents cybercast watchers, this is Eric Larson.  We're calling you on the 29th of August, we're in Nalaam, Tibet.  We left Kathmandu around 11:00, Everything worked out well, we made it to the border in 5 hours, got through customs just fine, we spent the night in Zangmu, which is on the Tibetan side of the border, and we were introduced to western Tibetan Chinese food and Eastern toilets.  So I think that was shock for some others were happy to see it after long travels in India.  Philipp, Mikhail and Britton, are loving life, they're really enjoying the culture, getting to meet and know people, new faces, the Chinese and the Tibetans really well.  

Today we woke up at 9:00, had breakfast in Zangmu and then drove for about an hour and a half starting up to the Tibetan plateau into Nalaam.  Nalaam is located roughly about 12,500 feet we're going to spend two days sleeping in Nalaam, and taking hikes.  We took a nice three-hour stroll in the hills after lunch today, and tomorrow after breakfast we might go up to 14,500 feet for an acclimatization hike.  Nalaam is located in a river valley, and has a lot of rock just outside of a rain forest so its still getting a lot of monsoon moisture, but it hasn't rained on us in a couple of days so we're doing real well. We'll get back to you soon about what else is going on.

I'd like to say a special hello to Jessica, Jessica, Phillip is doing fine, he's a pain, but he's doing fine, you know how he is so I don't have to tell you. I'd like to say hello to my wife as well, Kathleen Kelly she's waiting for me patiently in Telluride, CO, and will be joining me after this expedition.  

We all appreciate our families and friends and the support they are giving us right now, we know its difficult for people to travel into countries like this during a time like this.  The anniversary of 9/11 is coming up and we were traveling through this area last year when it happened, so I'm thinking a lot about where I was and what I was doing during 9/11 and I'm sure everyone else is thinking about the one-year anniversary coming up.  But we'll get back to you soon and give you a call in about two days when when get up to Tingri and tell you what's going on then.  Thanks a lot for hooking up on the cybercast, this is Eric Larson for Cho-Oyu 2002, signing out.

August 27, 2002.  Kathmandu, Nepal
Hello Alpine Ascents cybercast watchers, this is Eric Larson calling you from Kathmandu, Nepal.  Everybody showed up last night and they're doing fine.  Our team members are Britton, from Greenwich, CT, we've got Philipp who's from Munich Germany, and Mikhail from Moscow, Russia.

Tomorrow we depart overland into Tibet, we'll be staying the night at the Tibet/Nepal border and we should be moving up into the Tibetan Plateau in the next couple of days

Today went well, we went sightseeing, we saw the Buddhist temple Swamayabhu (the monkey temple), the Stupa of Bodnath and the Hindu temple Pashupatineth.   Everybody' health is doing fine and everybody's pretty excited to get this climb going.  So we'll get back to you in a day or two and tell you what's going on with the Cho-Oyu expedition for 2002, this is Eric Larson out.

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