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Russian Everest team trekking to Ama Dablam
13:00 p.m. EST Mar 8, 2004
The Russian Everest team was last in Namche Bazaar on March 5th. Namche is the largest city in the Solo Khumbu region, just a few days trek from Lukla, the area airport. From Namche, Ama Dablam’s Base Camp is three days away or so. Typically teams take a rest day in Namche to acclimatize and then trek over to Tengboche and then Pangbache before finally reaching Ama Dablam’s Base Camp.

In Namche they reported high winds, “Storm winds are raging in the capital (Namche). The roaring winds blow away tin-plates from the roofs tea houses and the dust hammers into the eyes.” It seems that winter doesn’t want to let go – it is still very early, however.

The Russian team maybe in Base Camp as soon as today. Once there, they’ll waste no time working their way up. The plan is to do some pre-acclimatizing on this mountain, and then head over to the North Side to start on their main objective – a new route on Everest’s North Side.

Perhaps the most exciting expedition on Everest this spring will be the Russians. A crack team will be attempting Everest via the center of the North Face. This is a severe, technical climb to the left of the Hornbein/Japanese couloir. The guys are going straight up, on a clean and lofty face. The technical difficulty of the route along with the extreme altitude makes this one of the most difficult challenges in mountaineering.

The expedition is a Russian dream team. There is previous Everest summiteers, Golden Ice Axe winners, and many, many 8000m veterans. Koshelenko, who just made the first summit of Nuptse East will be on the team as well. The Russians also have a young 22 year old – Alexey Bukinich – Koshelenko pulled for him, and he made the team.

Image from the trek courtesy of our friends at Mountain.ru.

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