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Dan Mazur Ama Dablam Expedition: Dispatch 27


Dispatch 27: It is with great sadness and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Robert Rackl that we send you this photo of his memorial marker in basecamp. The photo was taken by Kirsti Samson and scanned by Murari Sharma, and resized by Deha Shrestha of Parivar Trekking. Robert fell on 11 October, from approximately 5850 meters, clipped to an old rope while descending. It was a horrible, shocking, and tragic death for all of us in basecamp and on the mountain. He was the leader of Ralf Dujmovits' Amical Expedition. We understand that Robert's body remains at the small lake at the base of the south face, inside a rock cairn. After Robert fell, we replaced the entire rope on the whole route from camp 1 to the summit.

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Several teams contributed rope, including the DAV-Summit Team, under Mathias, the New England Team under Scott, the Mexican-Spanish Team under Hector, and the AAI-Guides team, under Todd and Winslow. We thank them very much for their wholehearted contribution. Our own members and 8 expert Sherpas newly fixed more than 1750 meters of our own best-quality new 8 and 9.5 mm kernmantle  and other types of rope. It became our urgent goal to prevent any further tragedy by making the route safe for our own members and staff, as well as everyone on the mountain, no matter if they helped out, and even if they declined to contribute!!! All the teams, members, and Sherpas need to work together on Ama Dablam to maximize safety and enjoyment, and to minimize such tragedy. Thanks very much for your kind assistance, Yours Sincerely, from Daniel Mazur and all of us at SummitClimb.com

 





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