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  Summitclimb Ama Dablam Autumn 2006: Dispatch 7


copyright Dan Mazur

SummitClimb Ama Dablam 2006 Autumn: Dispatch 7: This is Doug with SummitClimb International Ama Dablam Expedition.  This is dispatch number seven.  I just wanted to say that five members, Mark Jensen and myself are all up at Camp 1 right now.  Last night and this afternoon a little storm came in and started dumping some snow and continued through the night, we had a little break this morning, not quite blue sky, but thin clouds, and now it’s kind of continued and we’ve got probably about 10 centimeters of snow accumulating here.

The route going to Camp 2 has become pretty slick and icy on the slabs, so we’re going to do our best.   Hopefully tomorrow the weather will clear and we will be able to proceed to Camp 2 very carefully.  Hopefully when the sun hits those slabs, all that snow will dry up really quickly.

We have still the six Norwegians down in Base Camp and they’re planning to come up tomorrow, assuming that we move forward on to Camp 2.  So this is our final summit push.  We hope to be summating in three days actually.   There was a group today that was pushing up on the summit pitch.  We saw them reach as far as the dablam and then the clouds clouded in and we couldn’t see much after that.  So we’re awaiting news of their success.

A couple of days ago our Sherpas did push 200 meters of rope up towards the dablam and we saw people that were using our ropes this morning and then continued with their Sherpas to put in the ropes to the dablam.  So we’ll await news on that, but right now we’re just sitting in the storm, staying happy in our tents at Camp 1, enjoying the early snowfall and trying to keep ourselves occupied.  Thanks for posting this and hi to everyone at home from everyone here on the SummitClimb 2006 International Ama Dablam Expedition.  Bye 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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