Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas

Still jet-lagged, but I returned from climbing in Tibet a few days ago.  The bad news is that I was unable to reach Cho Oyu's summit at 8200m on my second attempt.  The good news is that I still have all my fingers and toes, and feel really good about the effort.  The other good news (VC content) is that a Gen I Overseas was on my wrist the entire time on the mountain and it performed flawlessly yes.

Overseas passes the test!

Long story short, we sat out bad weather for 15 days at 5700m and eventually were presented with a 3-day window of clear skies.  This allowed us one good push up the mountain.  Alas, the schedule was too much and, at 7000m, I had to turn around when out of water, out of daylight, and out of steam blush.  Just two of us from a team of eight were left still making progress and it was a difficult but inevitable choice.

Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas

Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas

We had a great team and our support was first class, including Sherpas and the camp cook.  Our travels through Nepal and Tibet formed memorable book-ends to the climb, although everyone got sick from tainted food served at "restaurants" along the way.

Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas

Here is a view across the Tibetan plain; Cho Oyu in the center and Everest on the left, just 30 km apart.

Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas

Our 5700m camp was comfortable and well equipped, including a shower tent at lower left.

Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas

6400m camp was a bit more spartan.  One had to be careful going to the toilet at night; sheer drop on one side and bottomless crevasse on the other!  7200m Camp was within reach on Day 2 but the question to be answered first was, "Can I make it back down safely?"  The choice was made easier when one of our Sherpas briefly disconnected from the rope and lost this footing.  I was just able to grab his jacket as he shot between my legs!  Time to go down.

Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas

Good to be home heart.

Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas

Wow!
05/28/2016 - 22:05

...and there was time to take the best Overseas selfie ever!!! Glad you made it back safely.

Wish I'd smiled
05/30/2016 - 15:47

Looking a bit stern in that selfie blush.  

Great to have you back safely Dean, and you saved a Sherpa!
05/29/2016 - 00:53

It's been a very tough climbing year in the Himalayas, so knowing your back home and all intact is great news!yes

Some amazing pictures of an amazing place.heart

Not a bad watch, wink

Some victories, some tragedies
05/30/2016 - 15:49

in the high Himalayas this year, for sure.  The Dutch climber on Everest who made the summit on his 5th attempt but died on the way down was a very poignant story this year.

hero
05/29/2016 - 05:08

yesyesyes

Thank-you
05/30/2016 - 15:54

for your kind comment.  The Sherpa's are my heros, they do most of the work and we just follow along in their footsteps.  It was a small honor to be able to pay-back for their tremendous efforts.

Re: Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas
05/29/2016 - 05:17

Welcome back!

I have longed for you to come back safety.

Toughness of Overseas was proved through adventure.

io

 

that would make a great advertising slogan
05/30/2016 - 15:46

Overseas...proven through adventure yes.  Thanks for your kind thoughts smiley.

Very Impressive trip Dean
05/29/2016 - 13:10

Great to see you are ALL safe : you and the Sherpas.

Nice Overseas shot. So, batteries stay active at this high summit.

Warm regards,

Liger

 

Lithium batteries
05/30/2016 - 15:56

are a great improvement for cold weather.  Also, keeping the camera warm in a pocket helps.  Cheers, I'll gladly accept your "warm" wishes enlightened.

That's the second time your Overseas hits the Himalayas, we should change the
05/30/2016 - 00:38

name from Overseas to Sherpagraph...but oh wait that's already takencheeky

thank's for sharing your wonderful adventures and photos, good to have you back hope safe and sound

A special edition
05/30/2016 - 15:59

Overseas for mountaineering would be cool idea!  I wore the watch day and night to keep it warm.  Over several weeks it gained two minutes; wonder if low-temperature oils may have been helpful.

It's always good to see what you're missing...
05/30/2016 - 10:13

A great adventure, Dean, beautifully captured on camera.

Pity that you weren't able to crack Cho Oyu's summit but you know what they say " third-time lucky!"  wink

Loved the shower tent but it must have been a bit rough under foot getting there...

Good to know the Overseas performed well (frozen asset)   yes

Welcome back...

Regards

Tony

No third time for me, my friend
05/30/2016 - 16:03

well, at least for the near future...angel  What's said in the Lounge, stays in the Lounge, right?

Dean, thank you for marvelous report!
06/05/2016 - 20:33

I think, for third attempt you definitely need OS 3 Gen wink

Re: Overseas meets the challenge of the Himalayas
05/30/2016 - 10:32

Looks amazing. Wonderful photography too. Chapeau!

Merci beaucoup :-)
05/30/2016 - 16:04

&

dean, you've been my hero in more than one area for a long time
05/31/2016 - 15:49

This trip of a lifetime only proves my point: you are a man of many virtues and interests and relentless one at that it turns out. I admire your perseverance (htf do you spell that) towards your goals. Your last trip to Nepal didn't turn out as good as this one. And you proved a real fighter... wow, you are a true role model. 

excellent phototography, bye the way and getting betteryes

Its wonderful to hear from you my friend
06/01/2016 - 15:17

We need to hoist a few at SIHH next year!  I know you also have an adventurous spirit so I'm sure there is much to catch up on smiley.

Hi Dean. What a great article about a great guy on a great
06/01/2016 - 20:53

adventure with a great watch. All kidding aside, you are a marvel Sir and your articles are the things of dreams.

Thanks so much for taking me to a place I will only reach in my dreams.

Best to all,

Tim

LOL Tim
06/02/2016 - 00:27

you greatly exaggerate wink.  I'll be most satisfied with our North American vistas this summer.  We are going to trace the Great Divide from Lake Louise to Jasper!

Cant wait to see those pictures, those mountains mean
06/02/2016 - 20:08

so much to my Dad.. He will be very happy to see his old stomping grounds again.

90 years young!

Tim