15th Oct- Coming Home

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Hi everyone, it’s Jiji. Frank has already returned to Sydney and should have arrived 14th. Julia, Sheena & I are coming home today, after much needed R & R. We will arrive on the 16th. Mic is going on to LA to visit friends.

Although our expedition was a safe and successful one in our eyes, events took place on the mountain that pushed our every physical (and especially) emotional boundary. We will explain in person, events that  may need some time for us to process.

See you all in Sydney.

Jiji

8 Oct – Back from the mountain

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~ Message from the Oz Home Team translated from the Jiji’s SMS ~

(from an SMS 10 October at 3:59am Sydney Time)

We are back and everyone is safe.  We are currently at Golmud now (major town near the Yuzhu Peak).

The team made a tough decision to turn around short of the summit because of bad weather and the hour of the day.  It has been quite intense and we pushed our boundaries both emotionally and physically.

We will write more detail if we can when we are back in Xining but we want to report that we are safely off the mountain first.

Update 4th October @ 14:17 (Mic turning back)

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~ Message from the Oz Home Team translated from the Jiji’s SMS ~

Mic decided to turn around at the township of Dulan  😦   for a combination of reasons.  He is safe though and is currently waiting for bus to go back to Xining.

Please think about us as our spirits are low.  Thing about Mic and his safe travel back to Xining.

We are on our way to Golmud now.

Update 3rd October @ 18:26

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~ Message from the Oz Home Team translated from the Jiji’s SMS ~

The team stayed at Carl’s (our Norwegian Guide/Aide/part time porter) place at Qinghai Lake (3,300m) for the last 2 days to acclimatise.

Yesterday we hiked to 3,900m (with Julia doing 4,400m).  We are all pretty tired.

Mic cooked a YUMMY lamb stew. Out here, there’s nothing but lamb and yaks.

This morning, we hiked 3,700m and are now heading to Dulan (200kms west) where we will be camping. From now on, it’s camping all the way!

For food, we are eating peanut butter and jam on 3 day old sweet bread for lunch at the lakeside. But forget about the food, it’s been so surreal listening to Carl’s Blues Brothers whilst driving along the beautiful Qinghai scenery.

Tonight we will be staying at 3,700m.

Friday 1st October 2010 – Start of the Climb

Frank & Jiji have finished our volunteer work in Xining, the capital of Qinghai. The 2 weeks for us have taken its toll on our bodies so we gotta take it easy.

Sheena, Julia & Mic have now arrived for 2 days now.

The team has now assembled from Australia and is getting ready to go to the first stage of the climb.  We will be leaving our Hotel in Xining around 12:00pm and heading up to spend a day or two at Qinghai Lake.

This will be the first steps as we ascend to Base Camp.

Qinghai Lake ranges between 2000 and 3000 mtrs above sea level and will be a place to do some short walks and spend time getting used to the extra height.

On Thursday the 30th we did a short preparation hike up one of the local lookouts Beishan (North Mountain) – it was good to clear the cob webs.  We were taken up by Carl our Nowegian Guide/Aide/part time porter who we have affectionately nick named the “Crazy Norwegian”. 

Sheena and Julia followed up on Friday (today) morning with Carl on another short walk which they hopefully will provide some details.

Mic who arrived Thursday eve into Xining decided to rest a little more.  Jiji and I spent Friday morning sorting out our kit and catching up after late nights and long days with the other volunteer and charity work we had come to do in Qinghai.

After the lake we will travelling to Golmud to meet  with the rest of the team and have our kit double checked by a guide group and the team leaders.  Here we will meet up with Philip and one other helper to get us up to the top.  We plan to be at Base camp on the 5th Oct (5,050m).  All going well we should be able to post successful pictures and climb details around the 10th Oct.

If we can get internet access or sms out you may also see brief updates by us or one of our home team with the progress

Wish us luck!!!

Frank (& Jiji)