August 31, 2010
Mike Hamill reports from Cho Oyu BC at about 15,500 feet that everyone is doing very well. Today the team took another acclimatization hike and the Sherpas continued to pack up yak loads and get ready to move to Advanced Base Camp (ABC). Later in the afternoon they had some rain with some fresh snow on the higher hills above camp. Overall, however, the weather is quite good on the Tibet side of the range (unlike Nepal where the monsoon is still going strong).
IMG Sherpas Mingma Tenzing, Mingma Dorje, and Nima Karma and the Tibetan yak drivers made it up to ABC with 30 yaks today and are working to get that camp established. Each yak can carry about 60 kg (in the autumn season, when they are strong from summer grazing) with one 30kg load on each side. Tomorrow the yaks will come back down to Base Camp and then the next day (Sep 2) the members and remaining Sherpas will move to Interim Camp (IC), and then to ABC the following day.