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  SummitClimb Pumori 2005: Dispatch 12, 13, 14


 and voice dispatches

Dispatch 3/19/2005 LIVE from Pumori it is Dan Mazur CLICK HERE FOR HIS CALL!!

Dispatch 3/20/2005 LIVE from Pumori it is Dan Mazur CLICK HERE FOR HIS CALL!!

 

Part of the route with huge ice seracs and crevasses on the way to Camp 2.

Copyright©Ryan Waters

This is Philip Ling with the latest news from the International Summitclimb Pumori Expedition 2005.

The expedition is currently on schedule, and the leaders and members have now formed into three groups which will each attempt the summit separately and at their own pace, but of course each team has the full support and backup of all Summitclimb resources. All teams have now spent one night at Advanced Base Camp, ABC(5800m) and ventured higher up towards Camp 1(6100m) to aid acclimatisation, before returning to Base Camp for a rest and some fantastic food prepared by our Sherpa staff before heading up the mountain again. Over the next few days all teams will return to ABC to sleep, then move up to Camp 1 to spend the night before again coming back down to Base Camp for a rest. All teams will then again head up the mountain for the final time, spending one night at ABC, then one night at Camp 1, then one night at Camp 2,(6500m) before heading for the summit!(7161m). This is one reason why high altitude mountaineering is so difficult and strenuous, in the course of the climb to the summit the mountain is actually climbed 3 to 4 times (in terms of vertical meters ascended) rather than just once!

The first group is led by Dan Mazur, Mark Merwin and Kirk Morley, climbing with members Roy, John, Alex, Liga, Viesturs, Karlis, and Alex. They will leave Base Camp this afternoon (17/03/05) for ABC where they will spend the night and then move on to Camp 1 tomorrow.

The second group is led by Jay Reilly and Philip Ling, climbing with members Edwin, Reinhold, Rex and Roland. They are resting today in Base Camp and will leave for ABC tomorrow afternoon (18/03/05)where they will spend the night before moving up to Camp 1 the following day.

The third group is led by Elselien Te Hennepe, climbing with Nima Doma Sherpa, Matt and Frasier. They are currently climbing above ABC towards Camp 1 and will return to Base Camp tonight for a rest. Should they be successful, we believe Nima Doma Sherpa will become the youngest women ever to summit Pumori, and that Elselien will be the first Dutch woman to summit Pumori! This will continue Summitclimb's tradition of various first ascents in the Himalaya.

Today we sent some porters down to Gorek Shep to collect 25 meters of aluminum ladders in anticipation of some large crevasses on the route between Camp 1 and Camp 2! These crevasses are a regular feature of the Pumori climb and make excellent practice for those climbers contemplating Everest and the Khumbu Icefall in the future!

Today we bid farewell to Duncan who has decided to return to Kathmandu early. Daniel has fulfilled his childhood dream of seeing the Himalayas and also his personal ambition to climb to a height of 6000 metres, and has also decided to return to Kathmandu. We thank both these members for their friendship and contribution to the expedition and wish them well.

Philip Ling on behalf of Summitclimb.com

 

For all of us at Summitclimb.com.

Dispatches

 

 

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