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Ama Dablam Expedition 11/12/08 dispatch

Guide Seth Hob­by called in with the fol­low­ing update:

Today we took a rest day here at base camp. This morn­ing every­one took advan­tage of a nice hot show­er! Our base camp is extreme­ly plush; it’s by far the nicest camp around.

After every­one show­ered and had lunch, we went out and worked on our tech­ni­cal sys­tems. The team set up a fixed line on a big boul­der here in camp. We prac­ticed jumar­ing, climb­ing the rope, pass­ing the knot, and anchor sys­tems. Over­all we had a real­ly nice day! After prac­tic­ing our tech­ni­cal sys­tems, we did a lit­tle bit of boul­der­ing in the sun.

Tomor­row morn­ing we are wak­ing up ear­ly and are spend­ing the night tomor­row night up at camp one. We will try to call back tomor­row with anoth­er dis­patch. Every­thing is going well. We plan on sleep­ing high tomor­row, at 5,600meteres to get some air!

The whole crew sends their love to their friends and fam­i­ly, and I would like to send my love to my fam­i­ly back home in Wash­ing­ton and Norway!