November 17, 2006 Pooja Day and Moving to Camp 1

Pooja at Ama Dablam base camp - Photo by Jeff Mazer

Hi everybody, John calling from camp 1, Ama Dablam. We are pretty close to 19,000 fteet, at the upper end of what is consider as camp 1. Peter and I have made it here a little bit late today, in the dark, the great climbing Sherpas Da sona and Pasang had the stoves in our camp going already so we made our meals straight away, we just got on a some warm clothes.

Sherpa Da Sonam who was also  the climbing Sirdar on our successful fall 2006 Everest expedition - Photo by Jeff MazerThe day started up pretty nice, gorgeous day, good weather, we did our pooja ceremony before setting out today, and that was very interesting for both Peter and I, it was a lot of fun actually. So we didn’t get started until about 1 o’clock which put us up here after dark, but we made it, it is just mountaineering, so now we are in a little tiny snow ledge, cramped in our VE 25, the two of us, here back to back, you can imagine that, two grown man stuck in this tent with our bags.   (lost transmission)  

Our objective:

Ama Dablam
Nepal Himalaya

22,494 feet
6857 meters

First Ascent:

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