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Summit Climb's Ama Dablam Expedition: Acclimatization Hike to ABC


 


18 October

We did our acclimatization hike to advanced Base Camp today at 5300m. The whole team is strong and make it in good time up there. The weather is nice, but a bit cold and windy. Today also our staff pitched our tents and kitchen in ABC.

Tomorrow we will have our Base Camp Puja and after lunch we will head back up and spend our first night on the mountain. We will try to reach Camp 1 and then come back down for a rest in Base Camp again.

Looking forward to get more close to the route,

Greetings,

Arnold Coster, Expedition leader


17 October

Today we had a day of training in Base Camp. In the morning we went over the usage off the Gamov bag, this is a portable compression chamber we can use to treat altitude sickness. It very easy to use and an important part of our safety equipment.

After lunch we had some rope practice on one off the rock above base camp. We just reviewed some ascending and rappelling techniques to make sure we are all on the same pass.

Tomorrow we will do our acclimatization hike to Advanced Base Camp and return back to Base Camp again. Followed by our Base Camp puja the next day.

So all is well,

Greetings, Arnold Coster Expedition Leader.


16 October -

This morning we had our expedition blessed by Lama Geshi in Pangboche.

Traditionally all expedition who pass Pangboche visit this Lama, a Buddhist high priest. He reads a special prayer for our expedition to explain the mountain god of Ama Dablam that we will do no harm.

Our equipment and personal luggage left early this morning on Yaks to Base Camp, so when we arrived in the camp it was already set up.

Our cook Dorje cooked us a delicious fresh meal and our first dinner in our new home.

Tomorrow we will do some rope practice in Base camp, just to review our skills and a little bit of exercise to improve our acclimatization.

The team is strong and everybody is doing well.

Greetings,

Arnold Coster, expedition leader


15 October -

The 12th we left Kathmandu, it was a long wait due to weather on the airport before we finally took off and flew to Lukla.

There was a small gap in the clouds and Lukla airport opened briefly in the afternoon, just enough time to get us there and start our expedition.

The same day we still managed to walk to Phakding and spend our first night in the mountains.

The next morning we woke up early for our hike to Namche Bazar. Its a beautifull walk true the pine forest alongside the Duth Koshi river.

Just before Namche the trail goes up a long hill before we reach namche.

Namche is the Sherpa capital in Nepal, its a nice place to hang out and has many shops, restaurants, bakeries etc

Today we walked to the Everest view point and had our first view on Everest and Ama Dablam.

Tomorrow the Ama Dablam and Island peak groups will go separate ways. Both expeditions will dispatch separate about their trip.

This is it for now,

Greetings,

Arnold coster, expedition leader Ama Dablam


Team Roster:

Arnold Coster (Leader), Netherland
James Michael Daniels, USA
Ms. Jennifer Louise Bohn, USA
Avraham Zeevi, Israel
Dmitri Nichiporov , Russia
Kunnar Karu, Estonia
Richard Thomas Maybank, UK
Thomas Pfeiffer, Germany
Kirk Alfred Reynolds, USA
Henri Geller, Luxembourg
Miguel Cruz y Celis, Mexico
Hector Mario Ponce de Leon Gomez, Mexico
Geoffrey Allen Gibson, Australia
Michael Anthony Jackson, Australia
Ms. Marigje E. Braat, Netherland
Staff:

Gyalze Sherpa Climbing Sherpa
Palden Sherpa Climbing Sherpa
Jangbu Sherpa Climbing Sherpa
Ang Dorjee Sherpa Climbing Sherpa
Thile Sherpa BaseCamp Manager
Nima Dorjee Lama - Cook

 

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