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2016 Ama Dablam and Everest Base Camp Expedition Has Commenced

Text and photos: Chad Peele

” It’s official! Alpenglow Expedition’s 2016 Ama Dablam program is now under way. My jetlag is slowly subsiding and all team members including our Everest Base Camp Trekkers have safely arrived in Kathmandu. Today I finalized our last trip logistics by online chatting with our Sirdir Dorji who is currently in his home village of Phortse (gotta love technology right?!). We talked weather, conditions and confirmed that the proper gear and teammates are in position for a smooth transition for our arrival into Lukla and Ama base camp. 

Personally, I’m super stoked to get back…

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Ama Dablam 2015 Expedition Wrap Up

The 2015 fall climbing season in the Himalaya was an interesting one. Upheaval in Nepal created a fuel shortage around the country and the normally bustling tourist centers were quiet. True to form, none of these hurdles stopped our team from venturing into the mountains. In the end the team put in a valiant effort to summit Ama Dablam but unfortunately were turned around before arriving at camp 3.

You can read more about the first part of the expedition by going back to our Ama Dablam 2015 – Update #1. This blog post picks up where the previous…

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Ama Dablam 2015 – Update #1

Our 2015 Ama Dablam team is deep into their expedition as we write this first update. The whole team arrived in Kathmandu healthy and happy on October 19 into a somewhat strange setting. Due to a fuel shortage coupled with the depressed tourism sector after the earthquake, there was very little tourism traffic. Normally bustling transportation hubs and public markets were eerily quiet. While the fuel shortage certainly caught our attention and created some concern, our incredible logistics team in Nepal was able to get the fuel needed for our expedition to have a successful attempt on the jewel of…

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Ama Dablam Expedition Comes to a Close

Our 2014 Ama Dablam expedition has come to a close. The team collectively made the decision not to summit Ama Dablam this year. Below is a recap of the trip.

On 10/22 they moved to Yak Camp to begin their 4-Night, 5-Day rotation. The team felt great and strong. They headed up to Yak Camp after lunch and settled in for the evening. The following day, the climbers woke to tents warmed by the sun and were ready to go by 9 a.m. They headed up to Camp 1 in good time and then the members continued back to Yak…

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Ama Dablam Team Summit Rotation Begins on Tuesday!

The Ama Dablam team says hello from Nepal! They called via satellite phone and told us they tagged Camp 1 yesterday and spent a second night in Yak Camp last night. They got a good night sleep and began climbing to Camp 1 today with plans to tag Camp 2 tomorrow and then they will head back to Camp 1 tomorrow night.

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At Advanced Base Camp: An Update From Ama Dablam

We’ve just received the latest update from our Ama Dablam climbing team. After arriving in Base Camp three days ago, they spent the first three days acclimatizing, having a puja blessing ceremony, and spent a day on nearby cliffs doing fixed rope training.

Our strong Sherpa team, led by Dorji Sonam Sherpa, has placed tents at Camp 1 and a rescue tent at Camp 2, so progress is moving quickly on the mountain. 

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Updates From Our Ama Dablam 2014 Team

The crew is Nepal doing well, everyone is healthy and moving fast. 

They went hiking above Namche and then visited Kunde and Kumjung, and relaxed in the comfort of the Alpine Lodge, while the snow storm passed through Nepal early last week. The next day, they woke to bluebird skies and had amazing views of the Himalaya on their way from Namche, Kumjung, and Phortse. Their first glimpse of Ama Dablam was breathtaking – the mountain had a blanket of fresh, white snow. They hiked in to Phortse with plenty of sun and the temperature remained cool as they settled…

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Update from Nepal – Prep for Ama Dablam

Update from Brian and Adrian in Nepal:

We arrived into Kathmandu a few days ahead of the climbers and have been spending our days working on logistics for the trips this fall, acquiring the permits from the ministry, shopping in the markets and catching up with old friends. Some of the team will be arriving late this evening and we will be begin to organize their gear. The schedule the next few days will be to rest at the Hyatt to tackle the jet lag, spend the day of the 11th discovering the city and cultural sights and then the…

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Look Inside: Nepal Culture in 2014

Last weekend, our mountain guides left the United States en route to Nepal to prepare for our upcoming Ama Dablam expedition, which begins this Friday. Yesterday and today, our Ama Dablam climbers will also leave the United States for Nepal, taking two days to get there and hauling a plethora of climbing gear. While the team will spend a great deal of their time on the mountain, they’ll also spend time in different cities and villages in Nepal.

On the way to Ama Dablam, climbers travel through many Sherpa villages and towns. Sherpa culture is different from that of Kathmandu.…

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