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Ama Dablam Autumn 2002

Dan Mazur and his Autumn 2002 Ama Dablam Team

The Team Members are starting to trickle in more frequently now. Tom Taplin from the USA arrived today. Tom plans to make a home movie of our expedition to show his family back in the states. He's forewarned us that we may be waking up with cameras in our faces!

Dan, Rex, Jay, Stuart and Patrick took a training walk to the Monkey Temple this morning - not as many monkeys today, but we did pass by a foaming-mouthed rabid dog! Very scary and rather sad, as well. On the way back to the Hotel Nepa, we stopped by the beautiful and secluded Vajra Hotel for a relaxed breakfast in the garden.

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An interesting piece of trivia - the Vajra Hotel is owned by American, Dick Bass, who was the first person to complete ascents of the 7 summits. (the highest peaks on all 7 continents). There is an oil painting of him in the Hotel's Library. Nowadays, the 7 summits quest is a highly sought after trophy by climbers worldwide.

We received an email from Andy, Ian and Jon today. They are currently at Namche, the capital of the Sherpa Kingdom at 3446m. They said they are feeling strong, and judging by the remainder of the email, having a great time!

The Team had dinner tonight with Jeff and Dave, friends of Dan's from Seattle. They were telling us a little more about their recent "adventure". They were near the Nepal/Tibet border when people dressed in Chinese Police uniforms started firing high-powered rifles in their direction. The exact reason for this is unknown. The pair speculate that because smugglers and refugees were in the area, they were mistaken for being part of the smuggling-refugee operation. They were shaken, but uninjured in their escape. (see the previous dispatch for more).

Jay and Rex worked on the medical kits this afternoon - we have a mini field hospital! It's very comforting to know we can handle just about any emergency on the mountain.

Dan met again with the ministry of tourism, working to get all of our permits and paperwork organized as well as possible, so that everything is ready to go for our planned group departure from Kathmandu on 3 October.

We sent 1200 kilos of cargo, mostly food, to Lukla today, but the flight was turned back, due to bad weather between Kathmandu and Lukla.

That's it for today. A big day tomorrow with more Members arriving. Talk to you then.

Yours sincerely from all of us on the 2002 Ama Dablam International expedition.

Thank you very much, from All of us at www.summitclimb.com

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