Cyber climbers on Ama dablam - summit push November 3?|
Oct 26, 2004 15: 17 EST
"It's mid afternoon and we've just returned from our carry to ABC, or Yak camp. The day started clear but on our descent we walked into a mild snow storm. Now at basecamp the light snow continues but we're huddled up in our eating tent with the LPG heater on.
The carry went well, some people got a mild headache and others got a bit tired, but all in all we're pretty happy. We've modified our plans a bit, tomorrow will now be a rest day, then we are going up onto Ama Dablam for some more acclimatisation, but also for our summit push. At this early stage we might summit around November 3rd...???
Let's hope the snow clears tonight.
Mark and the team."
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 climbers hanging out on Ama, courtesy the team.