The Ama Dablam Team enjoys time at Base Camp awaiting safe conditions higher up to continue the ascent

Namaste from the Khumbu region.

Sorry for the delay in the cybercast; internet at Base Camp has been a bit finicky. We are still at Ama Dablam having fun and enjoying the luxuries of Base Camp. We find ourselves passing the time playing Scrabble, Bananagrams, learning the Sherpa language, and drinking tea. We have been eating amazing food as our chef has been cooking bacon, French toast, chicken, potatoes, and our favorite: salmon!

The Lead Guides and the Sherpa Fixing Team have decided that it is very unlikely that the fixed ropes will be established. Above 6000 meters, there is still 1-1.5 meters of unconsolidated snow from massive storms in early/mid October. We have two major concerns about climbing on the upper steep snow slopes. Our first and most pressing concern is avalanche danger, and second, is the soft faceted snow in which we are having difficulties making anchors. These anchors are what allow us to to connect the fixed ropes to the mountain. Even though we are all eager to climb on the upper mountain, our safety will not be compromised as that is most important.

We are just taking it day by day and enjoying the beauty of the Himalayan mountain range and each others’ company. Telling jokes, tales, and family stories has been a ritual in the dining tent.

Here are a few pictures from the past couple days.

Thanks for following our cybercast and we will be in touch soon!

Jonathon Spitzer
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