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Ama Dablam – 19,000′ – 20,000′ – 21,000′

Two mountaineers navigating a glacier on a Gasherbrum II Expedition

As planned, our whole team has been sleeping at Camp 1 at 19,000ft for 3 nights, and all have climbed as high as 20,000ft. Adrian and the Sherpa team advanced to 21,000ft. Everyone is now back down at Base Camp, where we will be for the next 3 or 4 days, as we gather more information and plan our next move. The bad news is that the Dablam hanging glacier still appears to be active, which could halt any further progress. The good news is that every member of our team looks strong and has done a great job; our cook’s tacos – and the beer here – are great; and our sherpas are able to get back to Phortse to catch up with their families again, while we evaluate the situation.

More information to come soon.
-Adrian Ballinger, Alpenglow Expeditions via sat phone