carried a load of personal equipment up and deposited it at Camp
1 before heading down. The team followed a route set by the
German expedition that followed a rope our own Sherpas, Jangbu
and Lakpa, had fixed, along a series of slabs of rock with a
huge drop off on the left side. Pasang Galu and Tom Lannamann
stayed for a little while to help chop the 1m thick ice off of
the tent sites before heading down. Lakpa and Jangbu will stay
at ABC and head back up for more ice-chopping tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a second group of
climbers consisting of Ken, Stu, the Prentice brothers, Jon,
Randy, Dave, and Marc, headed up from Base Camp to ABC. Their
plan is to spend the night at ABC and carry a load up to Camp 1
tomorrow. Dan headed up with them but came down after lunch.
Rex and Galu came down from ABC
for a long overdue break. Rex and the Sherpas plan to establish
Camp 3 by the 18th, weather permitting. Thus the 19th is the
earliest possible summit day for our group.
Unconfirmed reports have
circulated of a rogue yak marauding through base camp.
'Thundering hooves ran past my tent, shaking the ground as they
passed,' Charlie confirmed. The yak attack seems to have caused
no permanent damage.
Late in the afternoon at base
camp, Roland, Patrick, Tom Lannamann, and Dan paid a social call
to the French expedition and their magnificent,
expensive-looking dining tent. Their leader is Anselme Baud, an
extremely famous French extreme skier, who has written several
books and was one of the two Frenchman who made the extremely
terrifying descent down the Freney Ridge of Mont Blanc. We were
extremely honored to meet him and his team of 11 climbers,
comprising Guilliame, Sebastien, Frederic, among others.
Dan reports no permanent damage
despite a gaggle of Tibetan youths performing a rendition of
'Riverdance' on our solar panels.
Despite a brief and intense
flurry of Himalayan mist-hail, the weather cleared for
magnificent evening views and sunsets and is once again crisp
and cold this evening.
Yours Sincerely from Tom and
Tom and all of us on the
Ama Dablam Expedition from www.summitclimb.com