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Dan Mazur Ama Dablam Expedition: Dispatch 12


Dispatch 12 and 13 (13 below): Thanks for the great job you are doing at EverestNews.com , and for publishing news about our Ama Dablam expedition. Here is the dispatch for 14 October:

1. The following members returned to basecamp from ABC: Jay Reilly, Bryan Rolfson, Ken Tranter, Sandy Garrington, Jocelyn DuFour, Kirsti Samson, Phurba Tamang, Pemba Sherpa, and Tenzing Sherpa (Patale).

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2. The following members rested in basecamp: Larry Rigsby, Bryan Bonser, Ryan Singleton, John Fawcett, Tracy Purchase, Tony Kinny, Chris Kinny, Camille Kinny, and Maya Sherpa. Kaji Tamang, Kipa Sherpa, Jai Bahadur, Temba Sherpa, and Tendi Sherpa.

3. The following members walked from Pangboche up to basecamp with 1200 metres of 8 and 9.5 millimetre kernmantle rope to refix the route: Ali Naderi, Fred Strehlow, Dan Mazur, Tenzing Sherpa (Manaslu), Kansa Rai, and Mila Rai.

4. The follwowing members fixed rope above camp 2: Lakpa Sherpa, Galu Sherpa, Shera Sherpa, and Pasang Lama.

The weather was beautiful during the morning, and light clouds came in during the afternoon. Temperatures were mild with little or no wind. Thank You very much, Cheers For Now. Yours Sincerely, from all of us at SummitClimb.com

Dispatch 13th: 15th of October.

1. The following members climbed from Basecamp to ABC:

Tony Kinny, Chris Kinny, Camille Kinny, Larry Rigsby, Ryan Singleton, Dan Mazur, Maya Sherpa, Tenzing Sherpa (Manaslu), Temba Sherpa, and Pemba Sherpa. The cooks in ABC produced a birthday cake and candle for Dan that they had carried up the mountain from Basecamp, hidden in a rucksack. All present in ABC ate of the cake under the twinkling milky way. It was an incredible birthday celebration for Dan, following the presentation of a birthday card at breakfast signed by all of the members. He got to hear "Happy Birthday" sung twice in one day!

In the dark, at 7:30 pm, we were visited by a headtorchless Basque climber named Ignacio, who was trying to reach camp 1, but ended up staying for dinner and sleeping in one of our ABC tents.

2. The following rested in Basecamp:

Jay Reilly, Bryan Rolfson, Bryan Bonser, Fred Srehlow, Ali Naderi, Kirsti Samson, and John Fawcett. Jocelyn DuFour's friend payed a surprise visit to basecamp, and she and him strolled down to Pangboche for a bit of quiet time together in a teahouse.

3. The following members departed from basecamp to return to Kathmandu and

England: Ken Tranter, Sandy Garrington, and Tracy Purchase. We will miss them very much. Apparently Tracey, Ken, and Sandy were feeling weaker than they had expected, and did not feel they had adequate time to recover. We wish them a safe journey back to England, three of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.

Larry Rigsby says: "Today we had a ceremony memorializing the death of the German leader Robert Rackl (we misplelled it earlier, sorry). His wife (we cant remember her name, sorry) and boss, the famous climber Ralf Dujmovits, jetted into Kathmandu yesterday by plane and then flew into basecamp this morning by helicopter from Kathmandu. Several Buddhist Lamas trekked in from Pangboche. Two sherpas chiseled a memoriam into a large stone above basecamp. We then all met as a group and a number of the members of the climbing team, Ralf Dujmovits, and the fallen climbers wife gave testimony. This was in German language, but it is strange how the meaning and the emotions were imparted to all. At the end we all joined hands and said the Lord's Prayer in our respective languages. It was very touching and confirmed the brotherhood of man."

Under a blue sky and the looming giantness of Ama Dablam, all of us murmured our prayer's, standing in a circle holding hands, ravens wheeled overhead, the two sherpas continued to chip the rock and the three buddhist lamas rang bells and moaned and chanted their prayers to the Heavens. It was an extremely touching moment, befitting such a fine climber and man as Robert was, and will hopefully heal the wound of his shocking and sudden passing.

Sincerely Yours, from all of us at SummitClimb.com

 





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