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  Pinnacle Sports Ama Dablam Expedition: Kathmandu

Dear Everestnews Readers, This is Jay Reilly writing to you from Kathmandu. I'd like to say "sunny" Kathmandu, but... winter is coming and the days are getting short and quite chilly.

The team (apart from Tim, who is still in the Khumbu trekking with his girlfriend) are all safe and sound back in Kathmandu after a very pleasant trek down from Ama Dablam Basecamp. Deno is celebrating his summit in fine style, while the others are quite satisfied with their performance and their respective high points on the mountain. For those that did not summit, all were personal altitude bests, so congratulations to all!
We start to trickle out of Kathmandu as of today..
Thank you for following the news of our expedition!
From Jay Reilly and Pinnacle Sports

Earlier: We are now back in Namche Bazarre after a successful summit bid with Deno Hewson, Lakpah Sherpa and Furi Sherpa reaching the summit in extremely cold and windy conditions on the 4th of November at 10.45am. They had left Camp 2 at 1.30am on a very cold and clear night.

The team has split a little with Tim, Sally and Jesse choosing to leave the expedition early due to illness. They will meet us in Phakding in 2 days time. Everyone else is healthy, but tired after being up on the mountain for 6 days.

We'll report again when we return to Kathmandu on the 12th.

Until then, from Jay Reilly and Pinnacle Sports.

Earlier: Jay called. They are at Base camp but starting the final summit push. It is expected to take 6 days. "The route is not in all the way. But there is a team up there right now trying to put it in. We will report when we get back down the mountain. Everyone is happy and healthy. Ben  a funny Year, Talk to you soon." Jay

Dear Everestnews Readers,  The Pinnacle Sports Ama Dablam expedition has touched down safely in Lukla!! Everyone's luggage has made it just fine and we're now relaxing in the sunshine after our 4am wake up. Soon we'll hit the trail for a leisurely stroll down to Phakding at 2500m where we'll spend our first night.
Tomorrow we plan to walk to Namche Bazarre, where we'll be emailing more news. Until then, Jay Reilly and Pinnacle Sports.

This is Deno Hewson checking in for the Pinnacle Sports Ama Dablam 2008 expedition.  Today we trekked up the long Namche hill to Namche Bazaar at 3400m and we are all sitting in the tea house resting and looking forward to a rest day tomorrow.  Everyone is doing well, healthy and feeling good.  The weather has been cloudy but stable, and we are looking forward to it staying that way!  There are plenty of other teams in the Khumbu at the moment, and it has been nice to meet up with old friends on other expeditions and to make plenty of new acquaintances along the trail.  All the team send out big HELLOs to family and friends - we will stay in touch as the communications allow, and hopefully send news of summits in a few weeks time. Namaste from Namche - Deno

Earlier: Pinnacle Sports Australia Dispatch

Dear Everest News Readers, 

Our team is complete now with the arrival of Sally, Jesse, Ben and Deno. We're all very excited and look forward to getting into the mountains!

But first - a day of preparation tomorrow, including a briefing, final packing and preparation before our planned flight to Lukla on the 17th. We will have email access for the first part of our trek, then we will be dispatching by phone, so you'll be able to listen to our voice files.

More news from Lukla!

From Jay Reilly and Pinnacle Sports Australia

Earlier Updates below:

Dispatch 11/Oct/08

Dear Everestnews Readers,

This Jay Reilly writing to introduce the Pinnacle Sports Australia Ama Dablam Expedition.

Team Roster -

Jay Reilly - Leader

Deno Hewson

Ben Reid

Tim Asquith

Sally Jarret

Jesse Warren

and Wombat (not his real name but preferred title)

The team has strted to trickle into Kathmandu already with the safe arrival of Tim and Wombat yesterday. They plan to relax and take in the sights of the Kathmandu Valley before the expedition officially kicks in on the 15th. Meanwhile, I'm preparing the logistics. And what a job that is! To give you an idea of what's involved in climbing a mountain like Ama Dablam, we need to purchase, pack, arrange, organise and transport the following -

5 Sherpa Staff

3 Cooks

20 tents

1000kg food

1500kg Equipment

2000 meters of rope

50 Gas cannisters

100 carabiners

10 walkie talkies

500 batteries


Dear Everestnews Readers,
This is Jay Reilly writing from Kathmandu, where our expedition to Ama Dablam is shaping up nicely. Tim and Wombat have been here for 3 days now and have been enjoying the many fascinating sights of Kathmandu. They've visited the temples of Swayabunath, Pashupatinath and Boudinath, as well as throwing some laps on the local climbing wall yesterday!
Meanwhile, our Trekking Agents, Murari Sharma and Deha Strestha have been busy buying food and organising the permit for the trip.
Last night Murari and Deha invited me to their homes for a meal. The Nepalese are just finishing the celebrations of Dasain - one of the most important holidays in the Nepali calender. This ten day long Hindu festival celebrates victory over the evil Gods. When one goes to a Nepali home for a meal, you'd best bring ayour appetite! Fish, chicken, roasted cashews, sausage, pork, other weird little snacks are but the entree! The main follows and is just as large and elaborate!
Sally and Jesse arrive tomorrow, followed by Deno and Ben on the 15th We eagerly await their arrival!
More news soon!
From Jay Reilly and Pinnacle Sports






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