Live from Ama Dablam C1: "Stories of rockfall, frostbite, and dubious fixed lines"|
Oct 29, 2004 12: 33 EST
Yesterday the crew returned up the mountain on a summit push hopefully ending on the top around November 3. They reached ABC, and today they continued to Camp 1:
"Hello everyone from high on Ama Dablams flanks, at Camp 1. Tonight's camp will be our highest yet as we progressively work our way higher on the mountain. A few headaches, nausea, the usual altitude woes, promise to cause a little tossing and turning tonight, but for now, everyone is doing ok.
Lots of traffic heading up and down the hill today with stories of rockfall, frostbite, and dubious fixed lines. As fiction is always bigger than the facts, we will have to wait and see for ourselves!
Till then goodnight from 5900meters.
Luis and crew.
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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 team filming and heading to C1 on Ama Dablam.