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Ama Dablam – Summit!

Our first wave of climbers made it! 6 climbers and 3 Sherpas stood on the summit of Ama Dablam, the first people to achieve the summit this year. The successful team members were Ted, Christy, Dirk, Allen, Alex and Rob, with sherpas Phurba Tashi Sherpa, Dorje Sherpa and Nima Sherpa. The summit was extremely cold and very windy but these folks all made it. Bill — one of our more experienced climbers — made the wise but difficult decision to turn back. All of them are safely back off the summit, with the strongest having already got back to base…

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Ama Dablam – More Summiters

We are pleased to be able to report that 2 more Alpenglow Expeditions climbers and 3 more of our Sherpas bagged the summit. Larry and Kiek were both forced to turn back, but Lissa, Adrian, Son Dorje Sherpa, Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa and Nuru Sherpa all made the summit. The weather was again excellent, even better than yesterday and with less wind blowing, this team was able to spend half an hour on the summit enjoying fantastic views of all the surrounding peaks.

All our teams are down safely, with the recent summiteers sleeping at Camp I and the other 8…

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Hiking Down the Khumbu

Well life is good! We are in Namche Bazaar, about to enjoy big yak steaks, french fries, cold beer, and watching updates come in from the US elections. It should be a fun night at the local pub, our first (outside of our base camp dining tent) in almost a month.

Leaving basecamp today was made even easier by deteriorating weather, with clouds in the valley and a dusting of snow up high on the peaks. We are feeling very fortunate for our timing, and hoping the teams still attempting summits are not deterred.

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Ama Dablam Rewind – Blog from Ted Mahon

Thanks to Alpenglow team member Ted Mahon and www.stuckintherockies.com for this great blog and pictures of the Dablam.

“It was October 18th, nine days after arriving to Nepal, that we finished our trek and made it to basecamp. What a spot. The looming west face of the mountain frames the backdrop for the camp and the huge hanging snowfield just below the summit, known as the ‘dablam’ (loosely translated- pendant or charm box), accents it further.

As we made our way to our tents, passing through other expeditions camps, there was a noticeable energy about. We had just arrived, but…

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The Approach to Ama Dablam

Our team flew into Lukkla yesterday in great weather. We hiked to Monjo and then today onto Namche Bazaar, the famous administrative capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal. Everyone is healthy and enjoying the walk in. Tomorrow we should see Ama Dablam for the first time. We will be trekking for 5 more days before reaching Base Camp and getting to work on the hill. The sherpa grapevine says that no one has been above Camp II on Ama yet, so we are getting ready to fix up high as needed. Should be fun!

-Adrian B.

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Acclimatization Day

The team has had spectacular weather thus far en route to Ama Dablam. Currently, there are high winds above 6000 meters, however, it is calm and clear down low, where the team went on an acclimatization climb today up to 18,500′ and they were able to glimpse views of Ama and many of the other high peaks around the Khumbu Valley. The sherpas arrived at BC two days ago and they report that the mountain looks to be in good condition although still it seems no one has made it past Camp II. The rest of the team will arrive…

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8 Summit Ama Dablam!

Eight out of nine team members summited Ama Dablam in conditions so perfect that they were able to spend an hour taking photos on the sunny, windless peak. Good decisions were made by all during their 15 hour day from Camp 2.7 to the summit and back down to Camp I. Back in Basecamp, the temperatures plummeted to -20F, so the team began their walk down to Namche this morning. They will plan on being in Lukkla on the 9th and Kathmandu on the 10th. We will hear more details from them in the next couple of days and get…

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