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  Summitclimb Ama Dablam Autumn 2006: Dispatch 6


copyright Dan Mazur

SummitClimb Ama Dablam 2006 Autumn: Dispatch 6

This is Doug Sandok calling in from Ama Dablam Base Camp for the SummitClimb International Expedition. This is dispatch number six. We are all here down at Base Camp after most members spending a night at Camp 2. We’ve shuttled a lot of gear up there. Right now the route seems to have been pushed a little bit higher today, almost to the mushroom ridge which is below Camp 3. Our Sherpas have been shuttling gear to the high camps and after some rest now they’re going to be moving to the front end of the rope and helping to set the route. Because of the snow this year the route setting has been difficult and slow.

Some groups have run out of time and are packing up unfortunately in the next few days to move out. But we still have plenty of time to be able to make the summit hopefully. There are rumors of some weather coming in around the 19th, so we’re down here for a couple of rest days, maybe a little more than a couple depending on weather.

The six Norwegians have also pushed on to Camp 2. Some are back here at Base and some are still acclimatizing up there at Camp 1. Our plan is to take a few days rest, drink some coffee, see what happens with the weather and the route fixing and then go for the summit push in the next few days.

Also, after two tough days of climbing, Larry Boersma, who is our 76-year-old member of our team has ended his expedition. We are all in admiration at Larry’s strong attempt this year. He’s on his way to Namche at the moment and hopefully out at Lukla. Everyone is safe down here at Base Camp and resting up. Hopefully if all goes as planned we should be summating somewhere around the 22nd, 23rd, or 24th. Thanks for posting this for everyone out there, and we’ll call again in a few days with another dispatch. Bye.

Dispatch

This year our expedition will consist of 17 international climbers and 12 Sherpas who will be supporting our ascent.   

1     Dan Mazur               USA

2.    Thomas Meling           Norway

3.    Marius Bakkeng                Norway

4.    Frank Sandbakk          Norway

5.    Alf Kare Askeland             Norway

6.    Birte Haugland (Doctor)             Norway

7.    Oystein Ormasen               Norway

8.    Roy Hansen                    Norway

9.    David Malia             UK

10.   Stein Johansen                      Norway

11.   Mark Jensen (Leader)    Denmark

12.   Doug Sandok (Leader)          USA

13.   Pat Millegan            USA

14.   Chris Breemer           USA

15.   Martha Johnson (Doctor)       USA

16.   Larry Boersma           Holland and USA

(Larry is attempting to become the oldest person ever to summit Ama Dablam).

17.   Fred Blodgett           USA

18.   Jangbu Sherpa                       Okhaldhunga, Nepal     

19.   Tenji Sherpa                        Okhaldhunga, Nepal     

20.   Phuri Sherpa                        Okhaldhunga, Nepal

 

21.   Pasang Gyalu Sherpa                 Okhaldhunga, Nepal

 

22.   Shera Sherpa                  Okhaldhunga, Nepal            .

23.   Lakpa Kongle Sherpa                 Okhaldhunga, Nepal

24.   Lakpa Gormu Sherpa                  Okhaldhunga, Nepal     

25.   Usha Bista                   Tarai, Nepal

 

(Ms. Bista is the 1st woman from Terai to attempt Ama Dablam)

26.   Neer Kaji Tamang              Okhaldhunga, Nepal

 

Cooks

1.    Jay Bahadhur Nagarkoti        Rasuwa, Nepal                

2.    Pemba Sherpa                        Makalu, Nepal    

3.    Temba Sherpa                        Makalu, Nepal 

This year's team is gelling well and there is a lot of excitement already about our upcoming climb. We look forward to another safe and exciting adventure this season on Ama Dablam with this great group.  Yours in Adventure, From Doug Sandok and all of us at SummitClimb.com

 

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