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Ama Dablam Autumn 2002

Dan Mazur and his Autumn 2002 Ama Dablam

The Team awoke with the anticipation of climbing to ABC today, only to find 10cm (4 inches) of snow on the ground - and still falling heavily.

The unexpected snowstorm threw the members' plans into turmoil. Some who were not feeling well chose to simply return to bed and sleep the day away. Tom Boydston, Charlie, Tom Taplin, Randy, Ken, Mike Hale, Mick Long, Tom Lannamann, Roland, Paul, Markus, Andy and Ian Prentice, Andy Hilton, Clay and Jon, accompanied by Mindu Sherpa and Jangbu Sherpa, braved the conditions and departed for ABC.

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Mindu felt very weak partway up from a previous respiratory illness and was escorted down by a climber from the Spanish expedition. The remaining members ascended to ABC in 2.5 - 3 hours. The weather at ABC improved slightly but conditions were still unstable.

Rex reported that the route to Camp 1 was treacherous due to snow covered boulders, thus no progress in terms of stocking the higher camps has taken place. This weather pattern is the result of late monsoon conditions and could dissipate tomorrow or stick around for a few more days.

Andy and Ian Prentice along with Jon Briggs will spend the evening at ABC tonight. Everyone else who made the carry to ABC, braved the mud fest descent and has returned to Base Camp for other great dinner and special treat of Rakshi, a potent homemade brew. Base camp is currently a giant mud puddle as down here the snow has almost completely melted.

Best Regards From All Of US on the Ama Dablam Expedition from www.summitclimb.com

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