Cho Oyu and Beyond ...

Cho Oyu climb for a cause is an awareness and fund-raising campaign aimed to help provide much needed education to our often neglected indigenous children in the remote parts of the country. The climb objective is to set a new altitude record, an attempt of the 6th highest mt & one of the peaks in the death zone. This event intends to bridge the education gap, and hope we provide our indigenous children a better future -- safe and away from a possible 'death zone'.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Breaking the Barrier

Mt Cho oyu stands 26,906ft and is the 6th highest mt in the world, and one of the 14 peaks above 8000m/26,000ft (along with Mt. Everest and K2).
This extreme altitude is popularly known as - the death zone. It is called such, because at this altitude, human body starts to die.
Air in this environment is ~40% and less as you go higher -- barely enough to sustain human life. Acclimatization becomes impossible, body starts to shut down - digestive function stops, and other vital organs slowly dies. This is not a place intended for humans.
A climb of this peak is an endeavor that sits between the thin borders of extreme adventure, and insanity.
And this is the challenge that a Filipino mountaineer will tackle -- to become the first Filipino to break the death zone barrier.

"I've seen 11 of these 14 8000m peaks with my naked eye, and I always wondered how it's like to be on top of a death zone peak. Now the time has come for me to climb one of these mountains."


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