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Ama Dablam Expedition 11/20/08 dispatch

Hel­lo Moun­tain Mad­ness, this is Seth call­ing from Ama Dablam base camp with a two day recap report! We went for the sum­mit on Novem­ber 19th. We had a big day, and are proud of our efforts!

Around 1200 feet below the sum­mit, we decid­ed to turn back for Camp 2. We fell short of the sum­mit for a few fac­tors, the biggest being weath­er. High winds, clouds, and snow fall on the sur­round­ing peaks affect­ed our deci­sion to turn back.

It was a hard call to make up there, being so close to the sum­mit but being so far away time wise. But it was impor­tant that our team could return back to Camp 2 before dark due to the tech­ni­cal decent route. Every­one on the team feels that we have made the right decision! 

The team did get to enjoy the beau­ti­ful tech­ni­cal climb­ing on the route, climb­ing past Grey Tow­er and up Mush­room Ridge. Every­one made a safe decent down to Camp 2. On Novem­ber 20th we descend­ed back down to our base camp. We were greet­ed by our crew with big smiles; all were real­ly excit­ed to see us back healthy and hap­py! It real­ly has been a great trip. We are now look­ing for­ward to some well deserved rest days here at base camp.

We would like to send our love to all of our fam­i­ly and friends who have been fol­low­ing our trip. Thank you all for stay­ing tuned in, we gave it a great effort and had an amaz­ing experience!