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First rotation complete

Hello Everyone,

We had a very successful first rotation up to 20,000ft. We spent two nights at Camp 1 at 18,800ft and had some good practice heading up towards Camp 2 through the small icefall section. The team is acclimatizing well and healthy.

Today we left Camp 1 after breakfast and descended back to Basecamp. The team had showers and relaxed the rest of the day. We are just getting ready for dinner now and then possibly a movie afterwards. We will be resting in Basecamp the next two days.

Thanks for following along,

Ben Jones

Team works the Ladders and Fixed Lines

Hi everyone,

This is Ben calling in with Dan and Jim on Manaslu at Camp one. We had a very successful acclimatization day here, we slept in a little bit, had some breakfast, and headed up towards Camp 2. We gained about 1,200 ft or so, were at just a little over 20,000 ft. We got practice on a couple ladders, some fixed lines, the guys did awesome going up though there and back down here to camp! We’ve been resting and relaxing this afternoon, just finished up dinner, and heading off to bed. Tomorrow we’re going to wake up, have some breakfast, then head on down to base camp. We’ll check in again tomorrow and let you know how it goes!

Return to Skardu

Hi everyone,

We returned to Skardu yesterday after 2 long days walking back to Askole from Khoburtse. We decided to complete the trek a day early and as such our last day walking from Paiju to the pulley box river crossing at Korophone was approximately 17 miles long. We were able to jeep the last 4 miles back to Askole.
Yesterdays 7 hour jeep ride back to Skardu was, happily- uneventful. You are never quite sure what the situation will be on these wild jeep roads in Northern Pakistan. Our local crew was amazing and most supportive of our journey to K2 basecamp.
We have a rest/work day here in Skardu and tomorrow back to Islamabad to wrap up our very successful 1st season of operating trips in Pakistan. I am already looking forward to returning next year, inshallah! Thanks for following along!

Eric, Dan and Zahid

Team back in Arusha

Hello everyone this is Team Lakpa’s three amigos checking in from Arusha.sorry that I was not able to check in last two days but we summited yesterday morning at 6:30am it took us six hours from high camp(Kosovo) to summit and two and half hours back to high camp , after couple hours of rest at high camp we continue decent to Mweka camp. it was long day everyone is pretty tired but we are happy to be lower elevation. This morning hike down from Mweka camp to Mweka gate where we had farewell celebration with ours local staffs and received our summit certificate from the park. after 2 hours drive from the gate we got to Arush. Had showered and complete our climb with celebration dinner at nice local restaurant in Arusha. Thank you for following with us.

Lakpa rita

Team climbs to camp 1

Puja day in Basecamp

Hello Everyone,

Today we had our Puja ceremony, asking for a safe climb and safe return. It’s a traditional and fun ceremony with our entire team. We had a little bit of rain but for the most part the weather was pretty good in the morning. Tomorrow our plan is to head up to Camp 1 to spend 2 nights before completing our first rotation. The team is doing very well, healthy and strong! Our internet is not working the best right now but we are working on it. Hopefully when we get back to Basecamp in a couple days it will be better and I can send along some more photos.

Thanks for following along,

Ben Jones

Puja day in Basecamp

Hello Everyone,

Today we had our Puja ceremony, asking for a safe climb and safe return. It’s a traditional and fun ceremony with our entire team. We had a little bit of rain but for the most part the weather was pretty good in the morning. Tomorrow our plan is to head up to Camp 1 to spend 2 nights before completing our first rotation. The team is doing very well, healthy and strong! Our internet is not working the best right now but we are working on it. Hopefully when we get back to Basecamp in a couple days it will be better and I can send along some more photos.

Thanks for following along,

Ben Jones

Team rests at Basecamp

Hello everybody this is Ben calling here from the Manaslu basecamp. We are doing great, the team is doing very well here. We had a rest day at basecamp today. Just kinda getting used to the altitude, our new altitude is 16,000 feet and yeah just kinda relaxing hanging out a little bit. We all had some meals, a shower this morning. A little bit of rain today, right now it’s sprinkling. Tomorrow we will be doing our Puja ceremony for safe passage up Manaslu. We will do that with our team and then get into to packing mode- getting harnesses out and getting our gear ready for hopefully heading up to camp on here in the next couple of days. Jim and Dan are both doing very well acclimatizing well feeling good. Hopefully gonna get our Wi-Fi connect tomorrow and we’ll be talking to you guys here shortly. We’ll talk soon, thanks for listening!

Cascades Conditions Report 9/9/2022

Early September has seen amazing weather. There have been sunny skies and generally calm winds across the state with little precipitation this month so far. The current weather pattern is status quo as we expect similar weather across the Cascades for the next 5 days. With the dry hot temperatures there is an increase in potential for wildfires and smoke in the Pacific Northwest.

Mount Rainier (Tahoma)
Our 9/5-9/7 Muir climb was successful with 100% of climbers reaching the summit. The prolonged warm temperatures over the past month has caused the route to shift. The hike up to Camp Muir is snow free till the Muir Snowfield. There is a well established track up the Muir Snowfield to Camp Muir. From Camp Muir the route crosses the Cowlitz Glacier up towards Ingraham Flats. From High Camp (Ingraham Flats), climbers ascend uphill for approx. 15mins before crossing a triple ladder before reaching the base of the Disappointment Cleaver. From the top of the DC the route ascend uphill and then traverse out right towards the Emmons Glacier. Climbers can expect to encounter adjuncts (ladders, pickets, fixed lines) along the route. Guides reported it is currently taking around 5.5hrs from Ingraham Flats for climbers to reach the summit Columbia Crest.

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North Cascades
Komo Kulshan (Mt. Baker)- We have seen little change over past couple weeks. The mountain is climbed daily via the Coleman Deming (CD) and Easton routes. Guides report the mountain is in excellent condition and we look forward to running trips until the end of September. Currently guide teams are reporting excellent climbing conditions on the upper mountain with a well-established track on the Easton and Roman Headwalls. Guides have reported that the Squak Glacier route is becoming broken and difficult to travel. The Schreiber’s Meadow trailhead to access the Easton Glacier is snow free all the way to Sandy Camp. Above Sandy Camp the mountain is still fully snow covered. On the North side of the mountain, FS Road 39 is still closed due to the washout at mile 3.8. Trails are dry to Hogsback camp just below 6,000 ft on the North side. It is unknown at this time when the FS will repair Road 39.

North Cascades – Teams continue to explore the North Cascades, with successful Shuksan, Forbidden, Eldorado, and ascents in the Pickets. Generally the North Cascades have excellent climbing conditions as the ample spring snowfall has helped keep the smaller pocket style glaciers filled in allowing for easy travel. The vast majority of alpine rock and alpine ridgelines are snow free along for technical alpine ascents. Recently guides have reported great climbing conditions on Forbidden Peak and Shuksan noting that conditions are more favorable than previous climbing seasons. Climbing in Washington Pass is snow free now and boots/crampons/ice axe are no longer needed.

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Team arrives at Base camp

Hi everyone this is Ben calling here from Manaslu. We made it to base camp today! It’s a beautiful base camp here. A little bit of rain little bit of clouds for the most part today. Just finished up dinner and we’re getting ready for bed. Got a great base camp here nice and quiet area of base camp. Base camp is quite large but we got a bunch of rain this afternoon once we got moved in here camp here is that 16,000 feet. Jim and Dan are doing great doing really good and we’re trying to get the Wi-Fi solution figured out if you’re following along from home and both Jim and Dan haven’t talked to you yet that’s why. We haven’t gotten the Wi-Fi set up and running yet but hopefully by tomorrow you’ll be hearing from them but everybody’s doing great. Our crew is all doing well here. We’re gonna rest tomorrow and then we’re gonna do a ceremony the following days so we will be in base camp for a couple days here just kinda getting organized and used to 16,000 feet. Everybody’s doing great and says hello to everybody following along back home. I’ll talk to you again tomorrow. Thanks a lot.

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