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2018 Team Summits Ama Dablam!

Sorry for the delay – our team has been very busy the past 36hrs.

Yesterday 11/8 our team reached the summit of Ama Dablam. We will try to post some pictures shortly once we get some better wifi. The climb was amazing, challenging, and worth the reward. After reaching the summit the team descend back to Camp 1.

We are all doing well now and back at basecamp. We hope to fly back to KTM shortly.

Thanks and will update more soon

Jonathon Spitzer | Guide & Program Manager

Ama Dablam 2018 – Team Makes it to Camp 2!


Ama Dablam 2018 – Team Ready for Camp 1

Greetings from basecamp on Ama Dablam at 4600m.

We are starting to see a trend in the forecast for decreasing winds starting on Nov 7th-9th. Our team is very excited to return to the upper mountain after spending 9 day at basecamp.

It is easy to forget this is very common on a big mountain expedition to have bad weather for periods of time. Hopefully our patience with the mountain will pay off.

Our plan is tomorrow (11/6) to head up to Camp 1 leaving basecamp around 9am. We should be at Camp 1 in the afternoon. If weather and conditions allow, the team will move to Camp 2 on Nov 7th. Early morning on the 8th if the winds and weather permit we will make a summit attempt and return to camp. We will be back at basecamp on Nov 9th if the weather cooperates for our plan.

We will try to update the cybercast via satellite telephone from the camps when capable.

Thanks for following and will be in touch from the upper mountain.

Jonathon

Ama Dablam 2018 – Team Waits out Weather

Hello and greetings from basecamp!

Our team is at basecamp waiting out some weather. Current conditions with strong winds are not allowing us to make a summit attempt. Forecast are expecting a dip in the winds early next week and we hope to make an attempt then.

Our team is staying positive as we patiently wait until the mountain allows us to climb. We have been getting to know each other, sharing stories and laughs.

Tonight we had the most amazing meal. Our cook team prepared us grilled chicken breast, fresh pasta, and sautéed vegetables. Dessert blew our minds as they baked an apple pie for us. The food on this trip has surprised all of us as this cook team is preparing amazing food at over 15,000ft.

Attached are a couple pictures from the recent sunset and our team.

Thanks for following and will update in the near future.

Jonathon

Ama Dablam 2018 – Team Update, Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from basecamp!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Halloween around the the world. Our team is resting at basecamp enjoying a plethora of candy and hot drinks.

Our team is having fun getting to know each other, share stories, and laughs! We seem like a much tighter and more cohesive team when we started. All climbers are excited and enthusiastic about returning to the upper mountain.

We are currently waiting for winds up the upper mountain to decrease and then will make a summit attempt. We will most likely have 2-4 days of additional rest at basecamp based on the current forecast.

Thanks for following our cycbercast and will update in few days.

Jonathon

The trip was great! Vern and Carole were a really balanced team who took care of us on so many levels. They made sure our travel was taken care of even when we wanted to change it. They managed our group getting sick with genuine care and teamwork.

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