November 3rd - Onward to Ama Dablam

Wally Berg calling. We caught the blessings at Nima Tashi’s house and we're moving from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

At Ang Temba’s house, we met up with friends of ours, a trekking group from Australia. It’s a group we’ve spent several nights with along the way.

As I mentioned earlier, it was great seeing Ang Temba and his family.

Now that we’re back in Pangboche, we’re especially glad to meet up with Nima Tashi again who, as many of you know, is the head Sherpa for our Ama Dablam climb.

Nima Tashi - Six-time Everest summitterThe entire time we’ve been off on Lobuche and trekking, he has been working on our base camp and on our route on the mountain, getting things in place for us. He’s got a great head for expedition logistics. Also, Nima Tashi is a six-time Everest summitter.

Today, before we left Pangboche to trek over to Ama Dablam Base Camp, we stopped at Nima Tashi’s house and his wife very graciously received us. Before we left, she gave each climbing member of the team as well as Meagan who is now trekking with us a Khata or silk scarf blessing before we move over to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

When we get there we’re going to find the Berg Adventures tents already up, everything in place thanks to Nima Tashi.

It’s a beautiful grass meadow area right underneath the base of Ama Dablam and the other great peaks of this region. I’ll try to get some photographs sent back so you can appreciate the awe-inspiring beauty we’ll have at our base camp.

We’re heading that way now and in just a short time, with good weather and good luck, we’ll begin our climb. Before we begin, Nima Tashi and Ang Temba have arranged for Lamas to come over from the Pangboche monastery to do our Pooja, our blessing. We’ll get a report to you from that Pooja blessing before we do our climb once we’ve arrived at Ama Dablam base camp.

Ama Dablam 2002
BAI team:

Wally Berg,
Canmore, Alberta
Brent Bishop,
Bozeman, Montana
David Burger,
Boulder, Colorado
Garry Porter
Olalla, Washington
Ryland Gardner
Edwards, Colorado
Doug Frost
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Our objective:

22,494 feet
6857 meters

First Ascent:

March 13, 1961
Barry Bishop
Wally Ramanes
Mike Gill
Mike Ward