The Daily Moraine - Ama Dablam 2014 #220 October 2014
All is well here at Ama Dablam Base Camp.
I am sure many are concerned that we are in danger from the snow that fell in Nepal, but in my last letter I did mention that we had expected more snow here than what actually did fall. However I did stay in Phorste for an extra day to allow the snow to settle and/or melt. The trip to Pheriche travels along a narrow path that is right below several large potentially avalanche prone bowls on the slopes high above the track. Although the path was just at the snow level I did not want to take this chance from the snow laden slopes above. However I saw so many trekking parties and individuals who just carried on with their programs as though nothing had happened. And as I previously mentioned, the cyclone from the Bay of Bengal was well predicted. It sounds like much more snow fell in the Annapurna area, but still the same care to forecasts and attention to potential avalanche conditions are required. We have only limited communication, but it sounds like a major disaster in the Annapurna area.
Yesterday we managed to fix another 200m of rope up the route so now we are about 300m below C1. Again like last year this was hard work as we dug our way through the loose snow, but not as much as last year. We figure it will still take 2 more days to reach C1. But again it snowed as we were all coming back off the ridge, so today we are all at BC in the hot sun, but cool breeze as we let the route settle again.
Meanwhile Phurba and Shinji are with Nina and Kumiko going from Chhukum to Island Peak BC today. Hopefully they will summit Island Peak and will return to Chhukum tomorrow, and we will continue to push the route higher towards C1.