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  SummitClimb Pumori 2004: Dispatch Seven


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Dan Mazur
Hello Everyone. Thanks to everyone at EverestNews.com for all of the fantastic work you are doing!! Our Pumori Climb is in progress.

The following members have reached the 5350 metre basecamp:

MR. PHIL AIKMAN London, England

MR. REX DOUGHERTY Salt Lake City, USA

MR. RAY DOLAMORE Falmouth, Cornwall

MS. MARION JONCHERES Paris, France

MR. STEVE HYSKO USA

MR. DANIEL MARINO Melbourne, Australia

MR. DAN MAZUR Olympia, Washington, USA, and Bristol, England

MR. JAY REILLY Cairns, Australia

MS. KIRSTI SAMSON Newcastle, England

MS. BRIDGET ROSSITER O'FLYNN, Ireland

The folowing members radioed from Lobuche and are expected later today:

MR. MICK LONG Cork, Ireland

MR. AIDAN FORDE Cork, Ireland

This member was not feeling well and decided to descend yesterday.

MR. RICHARD LEES Bristol, England

We are very sad and he will be sorely missed, as he was an important addition to our team. He is descending with three staff members:

Kaji Tamang, Maila Sherpa, and Pasang Chirri Sherpa, as well as the Pangboche Lama, who was here yesterday to provide a blessing to our expedition. It seems he will walk back to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu, and then home to England. We hope he will change his mind and return to us, as he is an old and dear friend.

The following members and staff participated in equipment review and fixed-rope training yesterday:

Mr Lakpa Kongle Sherpa

Ms. Bridget Rossiter

Ms. Maya Sherpa

Mr. Daniel Marino

Mr. Gyalu Sherpa

Ms. Marion Joncheres

Mr. Tenzing Sherpa

Mr. Daniel Mazur

Mr. Phurba Tamang

Mr. Steve Hysko

Mr. Shera Sherpa

Mr. Phil Aikman

All members performed admirably as we reviewed our equipment, making sure everyone has the right things, and practiced ascending and descending fixed lines on vertical and sloping granite walls on "The Arrowhead" just 20 minutes walk to the northeast of basecamp.

We had a prayer ceremony with all present members and staff during the middle of the day yesterday. The Lama walked up from Pangboche the night before, accompanied by three time Everest summiter, Pasang Chirri Sherpa.

It was a very impressive ceremony, and the staff were quite pleased and the members remarked that it was "magical". The weather has been amazingly perfect with no clouds and no wind, and awe inspiring vistas in every direction. It has been below freezing at night with warm  temperatures into the 10 and even 15 degree celcius range during the day. Last nights sun setting just a few kilometres away on the summits of Everest, and Nuptse took everyone's collective breath away.

The conditions here are unusually dry for this season, and there is no snow in basecamp and very little snow on the route itself.

We will move up to advanced basecamp today at 5650 metres, carrying a load and preparing the camp, and acclimatizing, then we will return to basecamp before we move up there permanently tomorrow. Jangbu Sherpa, Lakpa Kongle, and Phurba Tamang will stay in the camp today and begin fixing ropes for camp 1 at 6100 metres.

We thank you for the attention to our expeditions and once again, thanks to everyone at EverestNews.com for all of the fine work you are doing! Thank You Very much, Yours Sincerely, from Daniel Mazur and all of us at SummitClimb.com

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Camp 1 located on an exposed snow shoulder with stunning views across the Khumbu Valley.

CopyrightęRyan Waters

 

 

 

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