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Cyber climbers for Ama Dablam: soaking up the chilly sunshine
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Oct 21, 2004 16: 30 EST
Summitting Everest this spring, and just over from Elbrus (5642m) in the old USSR, Adventure Consultants are going for Ama Dablam next and Luis is a busy guy. The Ama Dablam expedition leader and four-time Everest summiteer uses Contact as usual, and dispatches are up:

"21-10-04 Pangboche

Further up valley we go! We have finally reached our jumping off point where we will be leaving the beaten path, and heading up to basecamp!

Tomorrow will be spent here, still adjusting to the ever increasing altitude. We have just heard over our radio that our advance Sherpa team has reached basecamp, and are busy making final preparations for our arrival up there, the day after tomorrow.

For now we are soaking up the chilly sunshine, and putting in our lunch order here at our teahouse, talking of the excitement to come.

Ciao for now!
Luis, Mark, Paul, Steve and the whole gang."

The leaders are Luis Benitez (USA), with Assistant Guides Mark Sedon (NZ) and Paul Rogers (UK/NZ). Team members are Jan Anderson (Australia), Robert Gambi (Australia/UK) & Joanne Gambi (UK), Andrew Grayson (UK), Louis Kosztelny (Australia), Kate Smith (UK/NZ), Joe Coughlin (USA), Phil Varcas (UK), Todd Holt (USA) and Cameraman Hamish Emerson (NZ).

Adventure Consultants, one of the worlds leading outfits founded by the legendary mountain guide Rob Hall have 3 guides and a maximum of 9 clients. One of the guides is Luis Benitez, now a 4-time Everest summiteer.

Ama Dablam Team members are as follows;

Expedition Leader: Luis Benitez (USA)
Assistant Guides: Mark Sedon (NZ), Paul Rogers (UK/NZ)
Expedition Sirdar: Ang Tshering Sherpa (Kumjung, Nepal)
Climbing Sherpas: Phu Tashi Sherpa (Pangboche, Nepal), Passang Tenzing Sherpa (Phortse, Nepal), Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa (Makalu region, Nepal), Pasang Sherpa (Makalu region, Nepal)
Base Camp Staff: Chongba Sherpa (Nunthala, Nepal), Dawa Sherpa (Khumjung, Nepal)
Team Members: Jan Anderson (Australia), Robert Gambi (Australia/UK) & Joanne Gambi (UK), Andrew Grayson (UK), Louis Kosztelny (Australia), Kate Smith (UK/NZ), Joe Coughlin (USA), Phil Varcas (UK), Todd Holt (USA)
Cameraman: Hamish Emerson (NZ)

Live image over Contact 3.0 from a bridge passing, courtesy of AC.

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