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Ama Dablam Expedition 11/16/08 dispatch

Seth here from Ama Dablam to give you the week­end update! On the 15th we had a nice long rest day after hav­ing a big day on the 14th. It was a pure rest day-we spent our time read­ing, nap­ping, lis­ten­ing to music, and play­ing with a trac­tion kite-which is a train­ing kite for kite ski­ing-with our Sher­pa crew. There was lots of laugh­ing and fun had by all. 

Today was a mel­low morn­ing. The team had a big break­fast and drank a lot of cof­fee! We also took show­ers. We had to fix the water pump and put a new heat­ing sys­tem in so we could all have a hot show­er! Well, Miguel and I each had a hot shower…for some rea­son Mark always gets stuck with a cold shower-it’s becom­ing an enter­tain­ing top­ic among the group!

Tonight we spent time orga­niz­ing for our sum­mit push talk­ing strat­e­gy with the oth­er teams around camp. Tomor­row morn­ing we will move to Camp 1! It will be a big day, with just under 4,000 feet of ele­va­tion gain on a long ardu­ous trail. We are lucky to have most of our heavy climb­ing equip­ment at Camp 1 already, so this trip will be a bit lighter. 

Now the team is get­ting ready to hit the hay after a long rest day. I am freez­ing cold right now because the sky is real­ly clear! We are off to bed. Over and out!