The Daily Moraine - Ama Dablam 2014 #322 October 2014
At long last all of the Ama Dablam team are all at Base Camp together, with Shinji, Kumiko, Nina and Phurba arriving from Island Peak. It is great to have the whole team here which now actually fills the dining tent more fully.
Again we are blessed with fine weather and no wind on the route, as the weather forecast from Meteotest suggests. Now with all 4 Sherpas here we are up to full strength, and are pushing to make the next 200m horizontality and 50m vertically to C1, as well as collect various loads that are stashed along the route, and get them to C1 as well. It is only 10am and the team are already at the hight point of two days ago, so we feel confident that we will achieve this goal today.
Now that Shinji is back at BC we also have some photos of BC and on Island Peak which we can share with you.
Ama Dablam From BC
Basecamp, Lake, Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse
Basecamp, Lake, Taboche
Islandpeak glacier walk
Islandpeak on final slope
Woody Islandpeak summit
Kumi, Nina, Phurba, Shinji - Islandpeak summit
Ama Dablam North ridge from Islandpeak
Ama Dablam North ridge
In the meanwhile we continue to hear of just how bad the situation in the Annapurna area really is, and of course I am not surprised that the media is looking at the incompetence of some cheap local operators and at how the local authorities have no idea about their own tourist business in Nepal. I just keep wondering how many disasters need to happen in Nepal before someone of authority actually stands up and actually starts to listen to operators suggestions and make changes that are meaningful. Maybe not in my time !!!
It is now 13.30 and the Sherpas are on their way back to BC after having reached C1 and carrying all the loads there, what a great days work.