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  SummitClimb Pumori 2006 More News


Dan Mazur climbing steep snow on the way to camp 2. Camp 1 can be seen below. Copyright©Ryan Waters

 

Hi there this is Jay from SummitClimb calling for an update from the Pumori 2006 SummitClimb Expedition.  We're currently in Pheriche.  We spent a very chilly night here, but right now it's a gorgeous day, looking out and looking up at Ama Dablam and beautiful blue skies everywhere.  Anyway, I have Amanda Fitschen here from the expedition from South Africa and and she's got an update on the latest news.

 

Amanda Fitschen:  Peace prevails as the sound of barking dogs is giving way to melodic yak bells.  Day five of the expedition started with a special occasion-a Puja with Lama Geshe.  Sherpa and expedition members' katas were individually blessed and prayers made to the mountain.  After the ceremony, reality set in and the large party of yaks, sherpas, porters and expedition members hit the trail towards Pheriche.  Conditions are definitely becoming more severe as move out the Khumbu Valley.  Icy winds blow down the valley, and nighttime temperatures drop well below zero.

 

Once at Pheriche, we visited the Himalayan Rescue Association outpost station, and it proved very interesting to both expedition members and the medical staff.  We all participated in high altitude research, and had a tour of the base.  Nighttime was spent in the warm environs of a rudimentary teahouse beside a yak dung fire, eating pizza.  This morning the party will move on to Dugla at 4,600 meters.  I'm off to breakfast, more news soon.

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