This is the
final 400 ft. steep section below the summit of Pumori.
Philip Ling with the latest news from the Summitclimb
Pumori Expedition 2005.
The expedition team is
currently in Lobuche, situated at 4950m. Apart from a few minor colds and
headaches, the team is doing well. The 5 Latvian members of the expedition
have elected to spend a night at lower altitude in Dugla, 420 meters down the
mountain from Lobuche, to aid their acclimatisation. We expect them to climb
up to Lobuche tomorrow.
Tomorrow the rest of us head
for Pumori Base Camp, situated at 5400m, and the day after some members who
feel strong enough will start the climb of Pumori with a reconnaissance walk
up the mountain to find a possible site for Advanced Base Camp, which will be
situated at around 5800m.
Two days ago in Pangboche, we
awoke as we do every morning to the cheery voice and face of Temba, one of our
friendly Sherpa kitchen staff, bringing us what the Sherpas call 'Bed Tea'.
Actually it should really be called 'Sleeping Bag Tea'. Basically it is hot
tea served while we are still half asleep in our sleeping bags. It really is a
great way to start the day!
After breakfast we went to
the Pangboche Monastery to receive permission from the Gods to climb Pumori,
and to receive blessings for a safe and successful expedition from Lama Geshe,
one of the most senior and respected Lamas in Nepal. We were very honored to
receive his blessings. After receiving permission from the Gods to climb
Pumori we trekked to Pheriche, 4220m where we spent the night.
This morning we walked from
Pheriche to Lobuche,4950m. It was a very pleasant walk with a single steep
ascent of approximately 700 vertical metres. At the pass above Dugla we were
reminded of the possible dangers of high altitude mountaineering, as we passed
through many memorials dedicated to fallen climbers on Everest.
Philip Ling on behalf of
Today's trek from Pheriche
took about 6 hours. We are now at the final village, Lobuche, before we trek
to basecamp. The weather today wasn't the best for viewing the mountains, due
to a great deal of low cloudiness.
However, I can still feel the
massiveness of what is here, all around me. We have now reached an all-time
new altitude record for me, 16000 feet or 4950 meters. From here on, every
day will be a new record for me! The change in elevation is more noticeable
here. There are times when it feels like I am moving in slow motion. It's
interesting but completely safe. I also wanted to make an editorial
correction, my name is not James Duncan! It was a typo error. I think someone
was confusing me Capt. Kirk!
British Pumori dispatch
Greetings brothers and
sisters This is a dispatch from the only Englishman on this expedition, Edwin
Ludlow, John Fawcett claims to be an Englishman but he's from Yorkshire so
that does not really count. We are approaching 5,000m we came from a place
today I cannot remember the name of and we are camping at a place I cannot
spell. Being surrounded by colonials from America and Australia I am
obviously the sole representative of the British Government and I am finding
that they are not always giving me the respect that I consider an Englishman
abroad is due. I am obviously in the leading group most days and most of the
others are taking all sorts of tablets and concoctions in an attempt to keep
up, but at the moment I am clean. Well all the best to all my followers out
there and anyone else that is following these dispatches, I am sure that I
will be a regular contributor in these dispatches, all the best Edwin Ludlow.
Chapel Hill Pumori dispatch
Day before base camp and the
troops are ready to rumble.. The dreaded Lobuche has turned out to be a
pleasant place, but then again we have not tried to sleep as of yet.. The trek
from Pheriche gained us about 2200 feet, which translates to about 16,000
feet. The weather today was a bit cloudy and at times a bit snowy. Most people
are strong, however a few have cold like problems and headaches. Roland Marx
has been especially strong and has been my personal tent-mate for the ascent
to base camp.. He does miss his family and for a guy over 50 has the heart of
a lion.. He kinda looks like one too.. The Pumori show basically begins
tomorrow so it is go time as of 6 AM. - Frazier
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