Ama Dablam Expedition First Week Summary
Welcome to the 2009 Mountain Madness Ama Dablam Expedition Dispatches. We had a bit of delay with some satellite phone issues, but we are now receiving regular updates from lead guide Seth Hobby. The first week’s worth of reports have been consolidated into this introductory post and we expect to be posting updates every couple of days for the remainder of the trip so stay tuned!
5000m on Pokalde ridge!
Today the team went up to 5000m (17000 feet) to acclimatize on the ridge of Pokalde peak.
Here they had some amazing views over Makalu, Lobuche and the north side of Ama Dablam. This has been a great “rest day” and another day with tasty food and relaxation. Mark has a little bit of a virus going, but he feels ok. Tomorrow they will decide if he will join the team up to base camp of Lobuche or take another rest day.
So the team will head up to Lobuche Base Camp tomorrow for more acclimatization and spend the first night in a tent on this trip. They are doing great and is still enjoying the amazing views and the impressive clear sky at night with its endless numbers of stars. Namaste!
Seth called in from Pheriche today.
They are staying at an amazing lodge run by a french lady and the food here is apparently really really good. Something that is extra nice since it´s Kats birthday today!!! She got a big birthday cake with candle lights, and Pereche is a beautiful place to celebrate for sure.
As for activity today the crew went to the The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) which is a voluntary non-profit organization formed in 1973. Among many things they teach climbers about high altitude sickness. So the team got a couple of hours lecture in the high altitude clinic. Check out their web:
Everybody is still felling good and the weather is great!
More news will come in the next days as the team soon will climb Lobuche east to acclimatize.
Thanks for checking in!
Namche to Pangboche!
Today the crew walked up the long hill to Tengboche where they visited the monastery, enjoyed the amazing view of Ama and had some good pastries. Seth bought a cake here too so they can surprise Kat on her birthday coming up. The walk ended in Pangboche today, which is a village located at 3950 m and they will stay here tonight at the Black Yak lodge. Everybody is feeling exited, healthy, happy and good, also with the altitude. They are getting lots of sleep and starting up early in the morning. Tomorrow they will continue to Pheriche where they will prepare to do an acclimatization climb on Lobuche east, which is a 6000 m “trekking peak” with steep snowy slopes to the top. The temperatures are getting colder the higher they go and tonight it was ‑4 c when Seth called in around eight a clock Nepal time. Stay tuned and thanks for checking in!
Namche and Khumjung!
We all woke up this morning to amazing blue skies and bright sunshine. Perfect conditions for a rest day. We are in Namche Bazarre 3440m/11220ft (Sherpa Capital) as of yesterday and we will rest here today before heading into the Khumbu Valley. Everyone is feeling great and enoying the sights, sounds, people, pastries, showers, internet, and shopping of Namche. We are really roughing it? This afternoon we will head up on a short walk to visit Khunde (amazing monastary) and Khumjung (medical clinic and Hillary School). Today we will also get to enjoy perfect views of Ama Dablam like seen in the picture below. We are all thinking of our loved ones and send love to our family and friends from this beautiful world in the sky! This will be likely my last post on the blog untell I get back here to Namche. But don’t worry!!!! Maren will be posting dispatches daily from SAT phone calls on the mountain!!!! Stay tuned!
Seth…aka Rinji Sherpa
Everyone arrived yesterday November 2nd here in Kathmandu safe and sound with all their baggage. Mark and Wolf came in first at 1pm followed by Hakon and Cathrine at about 2pm (we had to wait another hour for thier bags) then Katrina arrived around 9pm. This means I was at the airport almost all day. Glad thats over. Today we had a really nice first group meal, an amazing all you can eat breakfast at the Yak and Yeti and everyone is really hitting it off. After lots of tea and coffee we had our group meeting and talked over our schedule, gear, and logistics. After everyone was tired of hearing me talk we went out to brave the busy streets of Kathmandu Thamel district for last minute gear purchases, money exchange, and of course more coffee! Now we about to meet with Elisabeth Hawley(sp?). She is an amazing elderlady and very famous for documenting all expeditions into the Nepal Himalaya and 8000m peaks. After this we will have a nice meal out and wrap it up for the evening. Tomorrow the trek into the Khumbu begins. We fly to the small village of Lukla at 7am and then trek to Phakding for the night. The day after tomorrow the 5th we will trek up to Namche Bazare the Sherpa Capitol of the world.… its an amazing village/city hanging on the side of the Himalaya. We will all have internet connection in this little city as well as pastry’s, good shopping, disco, Tibetian trader camp, ohh and the towering peaks of Tamserku, Kawande, etc.…. We will up date you all again on our progress once we arrive in Namche! Namaste from Nepal and thanks for checking in!