Sherpas Reach Camp 1 on Cho Oyu; Weather Thwarts Kobusch Again

On K2, Grace Tseng is expected to reach Camp 1 today while her team fixes the way to Camp 2. Meanwhile, the two Nepali teams trying to open a commercial route on the demanding South Face of Cho Oyu have also made progress.

Camp 1 on Cho Oyu

Gelje Sherpa’s group has split into two teams, under Gelje and Lakpa Dendi. Both reached 300m below Camp 1 on Tuesday.

“After carrying more than 45kg of fixing ropes, ice screws, snow bars, bamboo, personal climbing gear, and personal cooking gear and tents, the climbers were too exhausted to proceed further,” Gelje reported. “I decided that we should head back to Base Camp.”

After a rest day, the climbers are back at work today, setting up Camp 1.

Conditions have improved on Cho Oyu since last week’s heavy snow and wind. Photo: Lakpa Dendi

 

The competing Pioneer Adventure team rested in their separate Base Camp yesterday but will move up shortly. “Our target is to complete the expedition by the end of February,” said a Pioneer spokesperson from Kathmandu. So the team has 18 days to find, fix, and climb a route up the highly difficult face.

Jost Kobusch update

ExplorersWeb caught up with Jost Kobusch yesterday, as he moved from Lobuche toward Everest, on a fresh attempt to get higher up the West Ridge. Unfortunately, the climb ended before it began.

“I’m turning around right now, it’s too windy,” Kobusch told ExplorersWeb.

“Seems unfair,” I said sympathetically.

“It’s not unfair, it’s just the weather,” he replied.

Jost Kobusch in his wind-buffeted tent on his previous trip to Camp 2 some days ago. Photo: Jost Kobusch

 

Back in Lobuche, Kobusch keeps checking the forecast and trying to stay optimistic.

“I intend to remain here until February 28, when the winter ends, so let’s see if the jet stream turns south,” he said. “If weather permits, I should have a chance.”

Angela Benavides is a journalist specialised on high-altitude mountaineer and expedition news working with ExplorersWeb.com.

Angela Benavides has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of national and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporates, press manager and communication executive, radio reporter and anchorwoman, etc. Experience in Education: Researcher at Spain’s National University for Distance Learning on the European Commission-funded ECO Learning Project; experience in teaching ELE (Spanish as a Second Language) and transcultural training for expats living in Spain.

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Laura Tallmadge
Laura Tallmadge
4 months ago

I think of you all up there on the mountains. Ultimate adventure.

Mikael Funch
Mikael Funch
4 months ago

Whats he reading?

Victor
Victor
4 months ago
Reply to  Mikael Funch

On Alan Arnette’s site there is a quote “During my day at Camps One, I read the book β€œThe hour between the dog and the wolf.””

There you go πŸ˜…