and voice dispatches
3/19/2005 LIVE from Pumori it is Dan Mazur CLICK
HERE FOR HIS CALL!!
3/20/2005 LIVE from Pumori it is Dan Mazur CLICK
HERE FOR HIS CALL!!
Part of the
route with huge ice seracs and crevasses on the way to Camp 2.
This is Philip Ling with the
latest news from the International Summitclimb Pumori Expedition 2005.
The expedition is currently
on schedule, and the leaders and members have now formed into three groups
which will each attempt the summit separately and at their own pace, but of
course each team has the full support and backup of all Summitclimb resources.
All teams have now spent one night at Advanced Base Camp, ABC(5800m) and
ventured higher up towards Camp 1(6100m) to aid acclimatisation, before
returning to Base Camp for a rest and some fantastic food prepared by our
Sherpa staff before heading up the mountain again. Over the next few days all
teams will return to ABC to sleep, then move up to Camp 1 to spend the night
before again coming back down to Base Camp for a rest. All teams will then
again head up the mountain for the final time, spending one night at ABC, then
one night at Camp 1, then one night at Camp 2,(6500m) before heading for the
summit!(7161m). This is one reason why high altitude mountaineering is so
difficult and strenuous, in the course of the climb to the summit the mountain
is actually climbed 3 to 4 times (in terms of vertical meters ascended) rather
than just once!
The first group is led by Dan
Mazur, Mark Merwin and Kirk Morley, climbing with members Roy, John, Alex,
Liga, Viesturs, Karlis, and Alex. They will leave Base Camp this afternoon
(17/03/05) for ABC where they will spend the night and then move on to Camp 1
The second group is led by
Jay Reilly and Philip Ling, climbing with members Edwin, Reinhold, Rex and
Roland. They are resting today in Base Camp and will leave for ABC tomorrow
afternoon (18/03/05)where they will spend the night before moving up to Camp 1
the following day.
The third group is led by
Elselien Te Hennepe, climbing with Nima Doma Sherpa, Matt and Frasier. They
are currently climbing above ABC towards Camp 1 and will return to Base Camp
tonight for a rest. Should they be successful, we believe Nima Doma Sherpa
will become the youngest women ever to summit Pumori, and that Elselien will
be the first Dutch woman to summit Pumori! This will continue Summitclimb's
tradition of various first ascents in the Himalaya.
Today we sent some porters
down to Gorek Shep to collect 25 meters of aluminum ladders in anticipation of
some large crevasses on the route between Camp 1 and Camp 2! These crevasses
are a regular feature of the Pumori climb and make excellent practice for
those climbers contemplating Everest and the Khumbu Icefall in the future!
Today we bid farewell to
Duncan who has decided to return to Kathmandu early. Daniel has fulfilled his
childhood dream of seeing the Himalayas and also his personal ambition to
climb to a height of 6000 metres, and has also decided to return to Kathmandu.
We thank both these members for their friendship and contribution to the
expedition and wish them well.
Philip Ling on behalf of
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