September 19, 2011
The snow stopped soon after the earthquake last night and its a beautiful morning here at Cho Oyu. Walter, Alois, Heidi and Karma Rita spent last night at Camp 2 and are now making good progress on their way down to ABC. Craig, Steve, Caroline, Shawn, Kumar and Patrick left Camp 1 at 6 this morning. They are already above the Ice Cliff and are making good progress to Camp 2 where they plan to spend the night. Mingma Tenzing, Ang Karma and Phinjo Dorje left ABC at 5:15 am to make a carry to Camp 2, and then they will return to ABC. The Tibetan fixing team is planning to open up the route and carry to Camp 3 on 9/21, and there is a Korean team who are in a rush and they are hoping to fix the Yellow Band and summit on 9/23. We’ll see how they do — our summit teams should be a few days behind them if all goes well.