Trip Announcement! CHO OYU 2015

Deposits have been made and reality is setting in.  I’m a bit nervous, but ready to take on a challenge of this nature.  Many of you don’t know about Cho Oyu–the sixth tallest mountain on Earth.  Standing at 26,906 ft (8201m) above sea level, climbing Cho Oyu will push me past my previous altitude record of 19,849 ft (6050m), by more than a vertical mile.

Cho Oyu is on the border of Nepal and China, about 20 miles west of Mount Everest.  I will be climbing from the Chinese side (see map below).  I will fly into Kathmandu and make a several day bus ride from the city into Tibet, where we will trek into base camp.

Here is the route map for those interested.

  1. Base Camp: 18,865 ft (5750m)
  2. Camp 1: 21,000 ft. (6401m)
  3. Camp 2: 23,458 ft. (7150m)
  4. Camp 3:  24,442 ft (7450m)
  5. Summit:  26, 906 ft. (8201m)
Route Map from IMG.
Route Map from IMG.

Here are some photos from various people of Cho Oyu.  I’m really looking forward to attempting to summit a mountain of this magnitude.  This will be a training climb for Everest/Lhotse in the next couple years.

Camp 2 and above on Cho Oyu.  Photo by:  Ang Jangbu Sherpa
Camp 2 and above on Cho Oyu. Photo by: Ang Jangbu Sherpa
Climbing to Camp 1 on Cho Oyu.  Taken by IMG.
Climbing to Camp 1 on Cho Oyu. Taken by IMG.
Cho Oyu below Camp 2.  Taken by Greg Vernovage.
Cho Oyu below Camp 2. Taken by Greg Vernovage.
Cho Oyu.  Photo by Adam Angel.
Cho Oyu. Photo by Adam Angel.


A New Challenge–A Competition For My Friends!

Last night, I officially closed in on my next challenge…a new chapter for me. Next year, I’m going to take on a challenge, previously only a dream. I’m really excited about it and I want to share the adventure with each of you.

I’m taking a BIG trip after I complete my pipeline installation next July. Departing in August, I am going to withstand extreme conditions, resurrect my training from college (“no stress or strain can erase it”), and apply all of which I will learn over the next 9 months in the journey to prepare.

It’s going to be a life altering experience and I’m looking forward to proving myself not only on the trip, but on the journey. Most of my journey will be over the next 9 months preparing. I’ll be doing some RECONDO and cutting approximately 60-75 lbs, training like many of my Crossfit friends (Brendan Mahoney, Kevin Goff, Brad Faucett and Marianne Lawson, etc–there are alot of you), learning to run like Don Fagan, Samantha McClellan, and Jeffrey McClellan, absorbing altitude and cold weather techniques from my friends TA Loeffler and Alan Arnette, and generally getting my swagger back–think July 2004.

It’s time to summon the inner beast (LC Fit, Dexter, Alec, and Candace-style). It’s been a while, but the best I felt in a long time was after an endurance challenge to Mera Peak in 2013. Last year, my follow-on trip to Bolivia was cancelled due to my eye problems and I used it to excuse getting ready for another trip.

This year, I’ll have no excuses. No medical excuses to be lazy. No more, “I’m too tired.” No more unhealthy eating habits. Time to change–a forever change, not a 1 year adjustment. I will need each of you to help me along the way. I will try to revert to my old ways and I need to be slapped in the face when that happens (yes figuratively and literally).

I will be raising money for charity and donating 100% of what is raised to helping our returning war veterans get whatever support they need. I will announce the charities after I fully review their administrative cuts as I want as much of the proceeds go to helping the cause as possible.

So now is the fun part for you. Guess what the trip is. Your clue for today is below.

Tyler Russell 2013.
Tyler Russell 2013.

People exempt from this challenge are John Howlett, my mother, my wife (I gotta get you to come with me), and potentially Betty Whalen (you might remember since I was brainstorming it before).

Two guesses per day
Every day I’ll post a photo clue

Glory in winning