4. Jocelyn DuFour slept in
camp 1. De retour au camp de base, tout va bien.
5. The following members
walked to camp 1 and returned to ABC: Jay Reilly, Kirsti Samson, Brian Rolfson,
John Fawcett, Ken Tranter.
6. Sandy Garrington rested in
7. The staff were in the
A. Lakpa Sherpa, Pasang Lama,
Galu Sherpa and Shera Sherpa were working above camp 2, fixing rope.
B. Phurba Tamang and Tenzing
Sherpa (Patale) were assisting the group in camps abc and one.
C. Maya Sherpa and Tenzing
Sherpa (Makalu) were in basecamp.
D. Kaji Tamang, Kipa Sherpa,
Dendi Sherpa, Temba Sherpa, and Jai Bahadur were cooking sumptuous meals and
manning their basecamp posts.
E. Pemba Sherpa and Mingma
Sherpa were cooking in abc.
A note from Jay: Hi Everyone,
Before Robert's tragic fall, most of the other teams on the mountain were
relying on the close working relationship between us and the German Amical
team to fix the route. After Robert's shocking death, basecamp has been thrown
into a turmoil, with many teams on tight schedules looking directly toward us
to continue fixing. Our Sherpas are each day working carefully above camp 2,
placing new nylon kernmantle 8 and 9 millimetre ropes. We have made a decision
not to use any polypropelene rope below camp 3, hence Dan, Ali, and Fred's
trip to Pangboche to pick up 1200 more metres of nylon kernmantle 8 and 9
millimetre rope from our storeroom at Nima Lamu and Pasang Chirri's Paradise
Inn. In the coming days, Dan and Jay and the entire team are going to be
working cautiously and meticulously between camps 1 and 2, cutting away old
ropes and replacing and repairing damaged sections with new nylon rope. This
is the rock climbing section of the climb, and has been an area of concern
that we shall thoroughly address.
We'll send more news in a few
days. Thank you for following our expedition. From all of us on Ama Dablam and
ps. we saw some friends
today: Tim Mosedale from the Keswick Mountain Club, doing a recce of Ama
Dablam, also Dave Wallis and Michael Bajada from Melbourne, climbing 6340
metre Ombigaichen. We wish them all the best of luck!