Florin Grama and Cornel Galescu were the first Romanians to summit Ama Dablam
on October 21st, 2005. They departed from Camp 2 on Oct. 20th to go for the
summit, instead of stopping overnight at Camp 3. However, after arriving into
Camp 3 at 8:00am, they were having problems acclimatizing. They decided to
stay at Camp 3, but had a bigger issue to face, which was lack of equipment.
Since they initially set out to attempt the summit directly, they packed
light, therefore they were without sleeping pads, sleeping bags, food or extra
water. They found a tent and stayed inside to keep warm
The next morning, Oct. 21st,
they started out for the summit at 8:00am. Cornel "Coco" Galescu reached the
summit at approximately 12:00pm and started descending when Florin was 50 m
below summit. Florin Grama reached the summit at 12:30pm. They got back to
Camp 3 about an hour later, and decided to rest there for a few more hours. By
the time they were ready to descend to Camp 2, there were other climbers
coming up on the rope, which made it difficult to descend. Coco was able to
descend to Camp 2, but Florin decided to stay one more night in Camp 3 rather
than try to descend in the dark - lesser of the evils in his opinion (even
though this would be the second night with no food, water or warmth).
They made it all the way down
to base camp by October 22nd, and are headed back to Katmandu right now.
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