Live from Ama Dablam Yak Camp: It's a nice afternoon|
Oct 28, 2004 16: 42 EST
Yesterday was rest day low after an earlier carry up to ABC (Yak camp). Today the crew returned up the mountain on a summit push hopefully ending on the top around Nov 3:
"Good afternoon everyone and Namaste from ABC, or Yak Camp, on Ama Dablam.
As I write this dispatch the other team members are settling into their tents at our highest camp so far. It's a nice afternoon and the temperatures are mild, for now anyways, until the sun goes down. Then it'll drop to 5-10 degrees below freezing.
We're spoilt tonight as two of our amazing cooks have come up for the night to cook for us. Tomorrow should be an easier day as we move to camp 1. For now it's re-hydrate and snack.
Mark & the 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 Kate & Luis hiking to ABC, courtesy the team.