Hello this is Jason Thomas and
Tom Lannamann writing the final dispatch from Sunny Kathmandu. Everyone one is
safe and sound, relaxing and recovering from an awesome climb and fun evening
on the town. Our trek out from base camp was great, every step the air became
thicker and thicker!! All went well except for one small accident. One of our
strong members David Carr slipped on a rock and broke his ankle. He wanted to
walk out, but after we had one look at his foot we called in a helicopter. We
all wish David a speedy recovery.
the night in Namche enjoying beer, pizza and a good night sleep. In the
morning many of there members spent time bargaining with the Tibetan traders
before the long walk back to Lukla.
The walk to
Lukla was fantastic, it was fun to pass all the trekkers huffing and puffing
up the hill to Namche, while we casually made our way down. Just a few weeks
earlier that was us!! Rex, Jay, Mark and I (Jason) arrived in Lukla a little
late; we were held up on the way by Mila, our head zopkio driver, who insisted
we drop into his house for a glass of ‘chang’ (local beer). We didn’t all
realize at first that here, cups of chang are bottomless. Anyway, the rest of
the ‘trek’ (‘stumble’) passed by quickly, even though we were slow.
our cooks made us a final celebration dinner, great curried chicken, cake and
of course more chang! Johan and Paul surprised us and showed up AFTER dinner
- they had been trekking near Mt Everest and had had a long walk.
a.m. we rushed to the Lukla airport to check in for our seven thirty flight.
We were excited because the weather was nice - we had thought we had avoided
the dreaded Lukla wait for good weather. Of course our planes were late
because Kathmandu was clouded in rather than Lukla. The last group finally
left Lukla at two in the afternoon.
We all made
it back to hotel, tried (and failed) to use up its entire hot water supply
with REALLY LONG HOT showers for everybody, and then hit the town. After we
gorged ourselves on great authentic Italian pizza at Fire and Ice, we were off
to the famous bar Rum Doodle, where we took part in a long tradition of
signing the summiteers names on a ‘Yeti Footprint’ that we then posted on the
ceiling. After drinking the bar dry at Rum Doodle we moved on to Tom and
Jerry’s for more of the same, except with louder music and therefore, more
dancing. We called it an early night (of those who made it home, we carried to
the last one to his bed at 3am) so as not to be too tired for the big
celebration party, which is graciously being organized by Murari, our
fantastic trekking agent, and his wife and extended family. Here the
expedition members, Sherpas, and other staff will eat great food, as always,
and probably drink copious amounts of soda pop and warm milk! Well, maybe
we’ll just stick to what we’re good at – booze.
To all of
you, thanks for following our dispatches,. We hope you will follow us again on
our next adventure, to Pumori next spring. To all the members, thanks for a
good trip and we look forward to climbing with you again.
Mazur October 19 - leader
Lannamann October 19 - leader
Sherpa October 19
Wigderson October 21
Jensen October 22 - leader
Jelensperger October 22
Imparato October 22
‘Jordie’ Jordache October 22
Sherpa October 22
Kong-le October 22
Thomas October 23 - leader
Carr October 23
Shepard October 23
Rowntree October 23
Pritchard October 23
[Makalu] Sherpa October 23
Sherpa October 23 - superpowered cook boy!
Also summitted Everest!
Reilly October 24 - leader
Tranter October 24
Wu October 24 - first Taiwanese ever to summit
Frankelius October 24
Sherpa October 24 - Sirdar (head climbing
Sherpa October 24
Truscott October 25 - leader
Wolberink October 25
Boyer October 25
Hennepe October 25 - trekking leader
Tamang October 25
Sherpa October 25
Sherpa October 25 - youngest woman ever to summit Ama
outstanding Basecamp Staff:
Lama Head cook
Shrestha Head cook
Sherpa Maitre d’
Sherpa Advanced base camp cook
Sherpa Camp 1 cook
Sherpa Sirdar for early and late groups
Sherpa Head zopkio driver (Lukla – Namche)
Sherpa Head yak driver (Namche – base camp)
Sharma Trekking agent
team of cook boys: Tsapte, Mila Rai, Dorje Gurung, Wongchu, Gyalzen, Rinzing
copyright Dan Mazur
Summitclimb's LAST EXPEDITION
SUCCESSFULLY AND SAFELY CLIMBED AMA DABLAM, PLACING 14 MEMBERS AND 5 SHERPAS
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This Autumn AMA DABLAM
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