Cyber climbers on Ama Dablam: Meet the guides!|
Oct 25, 2004 15: 39 EST
"Greetings everyone back home.
Today was spent getting ready for our carry to ABC, or advanced basecamp, tomorrow.
The crew also had more ropework pratice on a huge boulder further away from basecamp to make sure everyone's harnesses and systems are ok.
Even though we were in basecamp today, our crew of Sherpas was hard at work carrying tents for us as far as camp2! Where would we be without their help!
There seems to be a lull between teams right now as lots of people are headed off the mountain, so we are hoping for less crowded condtions the higher we go.
Tomorrow promises to be a long day, as we are just touching ABC, then coming back down, to follow the climb high, sleep low rule of adjusting to the altitude.
Luis and the gang."
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. 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. Now a 4-time Everest summiteer, Luis is the expedition leader on Ama, dispatching pics and reports over brand new Contact 3.0.
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 of the guides today, left to right, Luis, Mark, and Paul, courtesy the team.