CHO OYU 2006 ~ EVEREST 2004
Friendship Beyond Borders Expeditions

A Team of International Friends Helping Amputees Change the World

Expedition Journal

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Spring 2006 Cho Oyu Expedition

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Monday, April 3, 2006
Tom, Pete, and Linda arrive in Beijing (elevation 114 ft / 35 ml) via United Airlines. They rendezvous with George Patterson and prepare for Air China flights to Lhasa tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006
Spectacular Air China flight over Eastern Himalaya leaves us breathless in Lhasa (3350m / 12,000ft above sea level). Reeling from vertical 12,000 feet of elevation gain in a few hours! Resting at Himalayan Hotel, taking Diamox to adjust.


Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Buying camping and trekking supplies in Lhasa, trying to acclimatize successfully, preparing for arduous road trip to Cho Oyu.

Thursday, April 6, 2006
Our expedition facilitator from Xinjiang sends us off with the two cooks he is providing for our expedition (who don't speak English) and a problematic truck loaded with equipment for our base camp. Tibet Mountaineering Association official arranges for us to travel by Land Cruiser ahead of the equipment truck. Stunning landscapes and quaint Tibetan villages along the drive from Lhasa to Shigatse on paved roads. Still trying to acclimatize as we drive to higher elevation of Shigatse: 12,800 feet / 3900 meters.

Friday, April 7, 2006
Drive from Shigatse to Tingri:
Off the end of the pavement for hundreds of long miles. Up and over two high passes: Tso La (14,760 ft / 4500m) and Gyatso La 17,225 ft / 5250m). Torturous, roads: rough, rocky, dusty, endless sections loaded with dangerous blind curves and oncoming trucks, all under construction, with aspirations of carrying a tourism bonanza in future years.

Unforgettable Tingri

Saturday, April 8, 2006
A glimpse of life in the town that briefly hosts almost all expeditions coming to the Tibetan Himalaya--T ingri (14,300 ft). Then on to Chinese Base Camp 16,127 ft at foot of Cho Oyu.

Chinese Base Camp 16,127 ft

Sunday, April 9, 2006
Settling in at Chinese Base Camp with yaks and yak herders. Hoping to check the weather forecasts.

Monday, April 10, 2006
Snow and windstorm prevent movement upward to Advanced Base Camp.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Dealing with problems with self-destructing Base Camp tents and faulty electrical generator.

Advanced Base Camp 18,600 ft

Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Most of team departs Chinese Base Camp for Middle Camp, then Advanced Base Camp; Tom descends to
Tingri (14,300 ft) with Linda to recover from sinus infection. Taking medications.

Thursday, April 13, 2006
Most of team moving from Middle Camp to Advanced Base Camp; Tom and Linda still in Tingri.

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Awaiting Needed Tents

Friday, April 14, 2006
Most of team at Advanced Base Camp; Tom and Linda stay at
Tingri (14,300 ft) to await strong base camp tents being sent to Tingri from western China.

Saturday, April 15, 2006
Still awaiting crucially-needed tents in Tingri; Tom recovering from sinus infection.

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006
Replacement tents have not arrived yet. Weather turning stormy and very cold, unsettled. Winter not yet over?

Monday, April 17, 2006
Information received on crucially-needed tents; Tom's condition improves.

Trapped in Tingri

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Tom and Linda prepare to return to Cho Oyu to rejoin our team
. Information received on crucially-needed tents; Tom's condition improves. Major snow storm begins and lasts for days.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Huge snow storm lashes the region. Tom and Linda wait in Tingri
for a vehicle to take them back to Cho Oyu, but all passes are closed and TMA vehicles cannot get to us in Tingri.

Thursday, April 20, 2006
Tom and Linda have chance to depart tomorrow for Chinese Base Camp and trek up mountain to rejoin team.

Back to Cho Oyu

Friday, April 21, 2006
Returning to Chinese Base Camp for trek to Middle Camp (17,500 ft) and rejoin team at Advanced Base Camp.

Saturday, April 22, 2006
Tom and Linda trek to Middle Camp, expect to rejoin team at Advanced Base Camp the following day.

Crisis on the Mountain

Sunday, April 23, 2006
Linda stays one more day at Middle Camp as Tom meets with our team at Advanced Base Camp. Late that night,
Tom descends from Advanced Base Camp with news from our team of huge problems with our cooks and tents. Linda plans to fire the cooks and take over Base Camp kitchen needs for the expedition members.

No Way Back

Monday, April 24, 2006
Tom and Linda set out
together in the morning for Advanced Base Camp to sort out all issues hindering success of the team at ABC. Just before reaching ABC, Tom and Linda encounter our team descending from ABC. They have given away all the team's high altitude food and fuel, packed up all the equipment, and are headed for Chinese Base Camp. An Austrian team has taken over our team's location at ABC. This erases all possibilities of trying to reorganize our team and climb higher on the mountain. After much discussion, the team descends to Chinese Base Camp that night, except for Linda, who sleeps at Middle Camp to rest.

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Leaving Cho Oyu

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Linda receives note from Tom in the early morning advising that she descend to Chinese Base Camp as soon as possible. Local yak herders refuse to help her unless their demands for extra payment are met. She responds by driving the yaks herself to Chinese Base Camp (CBC). Unexpected arrangements have been made at CBC by Mr. Dorjee to have US team members driven to Lhasa immediately. Nepali team members are driven to the Nepali border where they take ground transport to Kathmandu. US team members sleep over in Shigatse because of icy roads further along the route near Lhasa.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
US team members travel from Shigatse to Lhasa, where they will stay two nights before flying back to Beijing.

Thursday, April 27, 2006
US team members enjoy good weather for a day of sightseeing in Lhasa.

Friday, April 28, 2006
US team members meet with representatives of Tibet Mountaineering Association to finalize issues of equipment and travel for the expedition. Tibetan dance presentation at dinner.

Back to Beijing

Saturday, April 29, 2006
US team members fly from Lhasa to Beijing.

Sunday, April 30, 2006
Pete and Linda tour the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, and other tourism sights in the Beijing region. Tom stays at hotel to recover from illnesses, George visits friends in Beijing.

Monday, May 1, 2006
Major national holiday: "Workers Day" in China (formerly "May Day")

Pete, George, and Linda brave the huge crowds to visit The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Pete is a standout hit with the Chinese--many want their pictures taken with him. Tom still trying to recover from sinus infection and giardia.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006
US team members depart from Beijing and fly back to California and Colorado.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006
US team members back home. Expedition follow ups begin.

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