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Cho Oyu, Tibet 2005

In spring 2005, I tried to Climb Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, solo and without oxygene.
Unfortunately the weather was that year extremely unstable and climbing the summit was only for a few lucky ones. I had to turn back after 3 nights in a snowstorm in camp 2 at 7200m. Nobody climbed later that season to the summit due to heavy snowfall.
for more details go to : http://johanchooyu.blogspot.com/
climbers gathering at tibetan border
climbers gathering at tibetan border
locals watching the weird westerners
locals watching the weird westerners
having a beer in Kodari
having a beer in Kodari
children in Kodari
children in Kodari
the friendship-bridge
the friendship-bridge
welcome to Tibet
welcome to Tibet
gasping for air at the first pass
gasping for air at the first pass
Shishapagma
Shishapagma
crispy morning in Tingri
crispy morning in Tingri
first view of Cho Oyu
first view of Cho Oyu
chinese basecamp
chinese basecamp
beasts of burden
beasts of burden
tents at CBC
tents at CBC
collecting dung (yakshit)
collecting dung (yakshit)
give me a break
give me a break
helmet against the wind and dust
helmet against the wind and dust
after one beer
after "one" beer
mother and child at intermediate camp
mother and child at intermediate camp
intermediate camp
intermediate camp
towards ABC
towards ABC
a yak-train
a yak-train
yaks coming from Khumbu in Nepal
yaks coming from Khumbu in Nepal
near ABC
near ABC
prayerflags for puja
prayerflags for puja
this is not Bin Laden
this is "not" Bin Laden
ABC ceremony
ABC ceremony
first view of naked Cho Oyu
first view of "naked" Cho Oyu
people crossing Nangpa La
people crossing Nangpa La
ceremony
ceremony
time for a beer
time for a beer
seracs on glacier
seracs on glacier
morene to camp 1
morene to camp 1
tibetan porters al lake camp
tibetan porters al lake camp
killing slope to camp 1
"killing slope" to camp 1
looking down the killing slope
looking down the "killing slope"
room with a view
room with a view
camp 1
camp 1
serac above camp 1
serac above camp 1
ABC  in the sun
ABC in the sun
outside
outside
inside
inside
towards camp 2
towards camp 2
steep sections before camp 2
steep sections before camp 2
ABC after snowfall
ABC after snowfall
ABC city
ABC city
The killing slope
"The killing slope"
bad road conditions
bad road conditions
View from camp 1 to summit
View from camp 1 to summit
rapelling down the serac
rapelling down the serac
icefall
icefall
view from camp 2
view from camp 2
tents at camp 2
tents at camp 2
trail over blue ice under camp 2
trail over blue ice under camp 2
climbers leaving camp 1
climbers leaving camp 1
yellowband and snowfield at 8000 m
yellowband and snowfield at 8000 m
last morning at camp 2
last morning at camp 2
camp 2 at 7200 m
camp 2 at 7200 m
Fresh deep snow at camp 2
Fresh deep snow at camp 2
anyone a snowplough ?
anyone a snowplough ?
reason of turning back
reason of turning back
50 years Makalau ascent celebration
50 years Makalau ascent celebration
Makalu jubilee
Makalu jubilee
Ed Viesturs and other Makalu climbers
Ed Viesturs and other Makalu climbers
Panorama camp 2
Panorama camp 2
Panorama from above chinese base camp
Panorama from above chinese base camp
Mountains from ABC
Mountains from ABC
Panorama with Cho Oyu and Nangpa La
Panorama with Cho Oyu and Nangpa La
Panorama from 7200 meter
Panorama from 7200 meter
Panorama advance base camp
Panorama advance base camp