November 21 - Ama Dablam Camp I

It’s Sunday November 21st, we’ll call this the weekend dispatch from the Berg Adventures Ama Dablam climbing team.  We are trying to get messages out as well as photographs every few days as we can. Our approach to camp I Jennifer, Jeff, Don, Joe and of course Grant and I are at camp I on Ama Dablam at 18,700 ft (5700m).  We will spend our second night at camp I tonight, Sunday night.                 

Maegan a couple of days ago headed off on her own new adventure to cross the Renjo La, a wild high pass out on the other side of Namche out towards Thame, we are looking forward to her report from that adventure.

Approaching our objectiveThe climbing team is focused on our objective.  As we moved up here from base camp yesterday we began to get a very close look at our route and we also had the thrill of seeing the tents on top of that tower that is our camp II, some of you may have seen those photographs from previous Berg Adventures Expeditions.

We did see some high clouds that have us somewhat concerned we might see disturbing weather, but it is too soon to say.  For the time being work is still going on, Nima Tashi and Da Sona carried to camp II today to stock it with even more food and just yesterday went all the way to camp III.  Both of these guys are doing great jobs as climbing sherpas and team members.

Grant at camp INima Tashi is especially amazing because he and his wife are constantly bringing supplies into our base camp with their yaks as well as Nima himself working higher on the mountain.

On Friday we had that Pooja as I mentioned.  It was a relaxing and definitely an inspiring time for the entire team.  Now acclimatization is continuing and the team spirit I would say is still great.  The entire crew is facing the challenge of a new altitude.  Last night’s rest here at 18,700 ft showed signs of going a level higher in altitude.  I am confident tonight will be better and it’s beautiful all around me.  I’m looking at the grandest most beautiful peaks you can imagine as well as our route just ahead.

We are excited and enjoying one another’s company, things are going great and we’ll continue to send reports.

Our objective:

Ama Dablam
Nepal Himalaya

22,494 feet
6857 meters

First Ascent:

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