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Namche Bazaar to Khumjung

The trekking and climbing teams spent another sunny day in the valley moving from Monjo to Namche Bazaar yesterday. The day started with a lesson in Himalayan geography at the entrance to the Sagamartha National Park where the group gathered around a 3D model of the region and guides Adrian and Brian described some of the trekking and climbing routes from their many expeditions as well as the Ama Dablam trekking and climbing routes for this season. The team enjoyed crossing several of the famed high suspension bridges over the Dudh Khosi river and getting their first glimpses of Lhotse……

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Ama Dablam Wrap-up and Photos

 

It’s been a couple of whirlwind weeks since we left the Khumbu Valley for home, and it’s taken a bit of work to sort through the more than 2000 images from the climb. But finally, here are a few from our summit push. We were fortunate to have incredible weather and almost no one else on the route. This meant we could move quickly on our climb and descent, and really enjoy each of the stages on the route, without hold-ups on the ropes or fear of falling rock and ice from above. The team, after plenty of acclimatization…

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Summit Push Approaches and the Cleanup Continues

After a brief snowy interlude, perfect weather has returned to Ama Dablam and the Khumbu Valley and we are ready for our summit push! We are making a plan to leave base camp over the next 2 days for Camp 1, where some members will take a rest day while the rest of us put another cleaning day in on the route, this time focusing on Camp 2 trash and old ropes between Camp 2 and the Grey Tower. From there we’ll move to our Camp “2.7”, just below Camp 3 on the Mushroom Ridge. We choose to camp in…

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Ama Dablam 2008

The team has all arrived safely in Kathmandu! We had our team meeting this afternoon, met up with Adrian’s group from Manaslu last night at Tom & Jerry’s and are headed to the mountain tomorrow at 5am. The team of 12 is strong and could not be more excited about the month ahead. We’ll spend the next week trekking through the Khumbu Valley getting to know the home of most of our Sherpas, visiting villages and exploring monasteries before arriving at basecamp and beginning our climb. Check back soon for more updates!

 

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At Basecamp on Ama Dablam

Yeah, Basecamp! Our team has successfully completed the long acclimatizing trek to the Ama Dablam basecamp. Everyone is great, feeling healthy and happy, and enjoying a well-earned rest day today. The weather is being kind to us, with an entrenched high pressure system giving us clear blue skies and sunshine, although the 15,000 ft altitude makes it very cold and everyone wears multiple layers of clothing.

Tomorrow we start the carry to Camp 1 at 19,000ft. We have lots of gear to get to that camp, so expect to take 2 trips up. The effort will help us with our…

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Ama Dablam – Camp I, 19,000′

All of our team have done their 2 days of pushing up to Camp 1 at 19,000ft. Everyone made it really well, including practicing more technical climbing and working fixed ropes. The Puja ceremony back in Base Camp was wonderful, and left us ready for our next efforts. Tomorrow the plan is to climb up to Camp 1 and sleep there for 3 nights. During that time, we expect to make a climb one day up to 20,000ft, then back down to Camp 1 to sleep.

So far this year, 21,000ft seems to be the highest that has been achieved…

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

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…

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Ama Dablam – Plans for a New Route

Our team has completed their scouting and evaluation of the situation on Ama Dablam, and after discussion with all involved have reached a decision and formed a plan of action. The immediate good news is first that nothing has fallen from the Dablam serac for over a week, and that there is a potential new route possible to the right of the old route and Dablam. Our team are all very strong, already acclimated up to 20,000ft, and feeling fit and well. Our sherpas — who recently broke the trail and fixed much of the rope on Manaslu — are…

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Ama Dablam – New Route Continues

The latest news from Ama Dablam sees our team once again heading for their rest after a busy day, and looking forward to an even more active one tomorrow. Camp 2.7 has been successfully built, and our members from there are now back at C1. At 6am tomorrow (Thursday 30th), Adrian and our sherpa team will be joined by Justin from IMG and a sherpa from Henry Todd’s team, to set the new route on the right of the Dablam.

The weather continues to be the stunningly beautiful bright blue skies with full sunshine, that are typical at high altitudes…

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