Monthly Archives: November 2014

Climbing Ama Dablam Day 23: Exploring around Gokyo

Today we will trek along the Ngozumba Glacier towards Cho Oyu base camp. Did You Know? In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first people to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest. Find Your … Continue reading

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B is for Bakery: Ama Dablam Day 23 Part Two

After a fine adventure, it’s always a good idea to have a snack. After our mosey along the moraine, we stopped in at the Gokyo Bakery, perhaps the highest bakery in the world. After much deliberation, I chose a chocolate … Continue reading

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M is for Moraine: Ama Dablam Day 23

While our teammates were having a go on Island Peak, we journeyed up the Ngozumba Glacier along its lateral moraine. Cho Oyu dominated our view as we hiked up and down the moraine. At several places, people had piled rocks … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 22: Across the Ngozumba Glacier to Gokyo

  Today we cross the Ngozumba Glacier To Gokyo. The Ngozumba Glacier is the longest glacier in the Himalayas.     Did You Know? For thousands of years, the Himalayan mountain ranges served as a barrier to interaction between the peoples of … Continue reading

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Audio Post across the Ngozumba Glacier to Gokyo

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Check-in/OK message from Gokyo SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.95550 Longitude:86.69386 GPS location Date/Time:11/29/2014 05:04:35 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KWkdG/27.95550N/86.69386E If … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 21: Over the Cho La (5420 m.)

The plan is to leave Dzonglha and head over the Cho La (a pass) to the settlement of Thangnak. There will be beautiful views looking back to  Ama Dablam. Did You Know? The country of Nepal has been recorded to … Continue reading

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Audio Post Over the Cho La to Thangnak

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 20: Trek to Dzonghla (4843 m) & Find Your Fit Friday

Trek to Dzonghla. This is the same route we followed in section two of the GHT this past spring. Lots of memories of our camping trek with Carm, Ray, Paul, Ed, Bill, our guides Juddha and Balram, our climbing sherpas … Continue reading

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Audio Post trek to Dzonglha via Duglha

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 19: Change in itinerary, trek to Dingboche

From base camp we trek to Dingboche following a high route that contours Ama Dablam. Did You Know? The Himalayas cover about 75% of the whole country of Nepal. Find Your Fit Fact When walking at night it is best … Continue reading

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Audio Post around Ama Dablam to Dingboche

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Check-in/OK message from Dingboche SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.89418 Longitude:86.83159 GPS location Date/Time:11/26/2014 07:57:12 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KU15m/27.89418N/86.83159E If … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 18: Rest Day at Base Camp

This is a rest day. The point to remember is that every time we are on the hill we won’t eat enough, drink enough or sleep enough. So rest days such as this at Base Camp are vitally important to … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 17: Return to Base Camp and Rest

We pack the gear up and leave everything we can at C1. We descend, stash our climbing gear, and then drop back down to base camp. Did You Know? There are a lot of fast flowing rivers in Nepal which … Continue reading

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Audio Post up for a stay at camp one and the view from there

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 16: Recce to Camp Two

Another easy start to the day. After breakfast and plenty of hot drinks, we’ll put the harnesses on and recce the route along towards Camp 2. The route is fabulous and is on great rock. The majority of the going … Continue reading

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Audio Post and back to ABC

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 15: First Night at Camp One (5800 m.)

It’s now time to move and sleep further up the hill. We pack up and make our way up to the slabs below Camp 1 where we’ll have our harnesses, helmets, and climbing gear stashed. We’ll spend the rest of … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 14: Return to Advanced Base Camp

After a leisurely base camp breakfast, we rest for the morning. After an early lunch, we trek back up to ABC in the afternoon. It’s much easier the second time around because we will have left most of our gear … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 13: Find Your Fit Friday

It’s about a two hour descent back down to base camp so we may want to just pack and go have breakfast in the base camp. We rest and relax in the sun for the rest of the day and … Continue reading

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Audio Post back down to ABC

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Audio Post Acclimatization Climb to Camp One (5669 m)

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Where is TA? Location of Ama Dablam Advanced Base Camp.

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 12: Acclimatization Climb to Camp 1

Acclimatization day. The sun hits Advanced Base Cmap quite early and thankfully there is no rush to be up and about. So after a leisurely breakfast and having aired our sleeping bags we wander up to Camp 1. From ABC … Continue reading

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Audio Post Second Carry and getting ready for Overnight at Advanced Base Camp

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 11: First Climb to Advanced Base Camp (5350 m.)

After our final preparations for our first foray up the hill, we will have an early lunch at Base Camp. We start along the easy trail and then gradually gain height along the ridge as we pass the old airfield … Continue reading

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Audio Post first carry to ABC

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 10: Base Camp Puja

After the Base Camp Puja, which is conducted by a lama who visits from Pangboche, we will have time to start sorting the loads for our first carry. Did You Know? A popular fast food in Nepal are called Momo. … Continue reading

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Audio Post techical skills practice

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Check-in/OK message from BC SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.84933 Longitude:86.82664 GPS location Date/Time:11/17/2014 06:26:01 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KLKQd/27.84933N/86.82664E If … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 9: Rest and Technical Skills Day

This is a rest and technical training day. We have a very thorough session on the use of jumars, belay devices, prussiks and appropriate techniques for dealing with fixed ropes. It is very good to put all this in to … Continue reading

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Audio Post, Puja at base camp

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Check-in/OK message from Ama Dablam base camp SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.84923 Longitude:86.82666 GPS location Date/Time:11/16/2014 07:01:33 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KKRTy/27.84923N/86.82666E If … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 8: Reaching Ama Dablam Base Camp (4450 m.)

After breakfast, we visit the monastery at ‘Upper Pangboche.’ This is a beautiful quiet village just 15 minutes easy walking above Pangboche. After our first ‘puja’ (blessing) of the trip, we drop back down to Sonam Lodge for an early … Continue reading

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Audio Post, Blessing and arrival at base camp

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Check-in/OK message from Ama Dablam base camp SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.84930 Longitude:86.82661 GPS location Date/Time:11/15/2014 05:35:09 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KJJb9/27.84930N/86.82661E If … Continue reading

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