copyright Dan Mazur
International Ama Dablam
Expedition 2004 - Dispatch 5/OCT/04
Dear Everest News readers,
This is Jay Reilly back on air, after a few days
Firstly, I'd like to
introduce our team in it's almost entirety. We are -
Daniel Mazur - USA - Expedition
Jay Reilly - Australia -
Anthony Truscott - Australia -
Jason Thomas - USA -
Mark Jensen - Denmark and UK -
Rex Dougherty - USA
Mel Jones - UK
Elselien TE Hennepe - Holland -
Steve Miscione - USA and India -
Liz Stevens - USA and India -
Tom Lannamann - USA
Ken Tranter - UK
Till Mohns - Germany
Kay Thurley - Germany
Guan-Jang Wu - Taiwan and USA
Paul Fitzpatrick - USA
David Carr - UK
Derek Tole - UK
Pierre Jordache - Quebec
Herve Coron - France
Allan Ewert - USA
Johan Frankelius - Sweden
Wanda Neste - Canada
Adam Shepard - Australia
Simon Pritchard - UK
Ray Dolamore - UK
Maximo Kausch - Argentina
Paul Rowntree - UK
Fabrice Imparato - France
Marc Jelensperger - France
Eyel Wigderson - Israel
Vincent Boyer and Caroline
Wolberink are yet to join our team in Basecamp.
I'm writing to you from
beautiful Namche Bazar at 3400m. We are on a rest and acclimatization day
after having been on the trail now for two days.
A little history - The 1st of
October saw the arrival of the remainder of our team and our successful and
delicious expedition dinner at the Tibetan restaurant. Ahhh....I love it when
a plan comes together! Particularly a food one! On the 2nd, we had our
expedition briefing, where the Leaders got up in front of everybody and
explained how the expedition would work, how to stay safe and healthy on the
trek, and all the equipment the members would need for the trek to our 4600m
high Basecamp. We then went through everybody's climbing equipment, to ensure
there were no nasty surprises at Basecamp. The mountain is not the place to
discover you left home without your crampons!
We flew to Lukla on schedule
on the 3rd, which was a pleasant surprise! We didn't think we would make it,
due to the backlog of people and cargo from the previous week's worth of bad
weather. However, we flew and arrived safely in Lukla - although the plane
that crash landed 5 days ago was beside the runway and was a stark reminder
that flying around big mountains in small planes is maybe not THE safest way
to travel.......But if it weren't for the adventure, we wouldn't be here! Oh -
the other good thing is that all our cargo got there as well! I love Nepal!
Just when you think nothing is going to happen - it does! And with remarkable
Everybody is feeling fine and
dealing well with the altitude. At the moment, most people are walking around
Namche, exploring the trinket shops, or eating pizza and apple pie from the
fantastic bakeries that dot the town. The weather is still not so good though.
Right now it is quite cold and damp here, with clouds drifting up the main
street. (don't forget, we're almost at 4000m!)
An interesting thing happened
to me yesterday while crossing a bridge. I was walking behind a yak train and
amongst some porters, when I heard an old lady's voice say "hello" from behind
me. I kept walking, thinking that there's no reason for her to be trying to
attract my attention, when suddenly - WHACK!!! She hit me with a big stick!
Obviously to get my attention. I turned around and she gave me an apple! It
was a very special moment. I didn't know this old lady, but she insisted on
giving me an apple. These random acts of kindness are what make the people of
Nepal so special....
We are off to Pangboche
tomorrow, and then Basecamp the day after. We'll send more news from Basecamp.
I hope you are all well.
Thank you for reading, from
all of us at Summitclimb.com.
Summitclimb's LAST EXPEDITION
SUCCESSFULLY AND SAFELY CLIMBED AMA DABLAM, PLACING 14 MEMBERS AND 5 SHERPAS
ON THE SUMMIT.
This Autumn AMA DABLAM
LEADERSHIP TEAM: Dan Mazur is the expedition leader. He has recently been
running Glacier Schools, working at his building design job, along with doing
a bit of additional climbing and training. Dan has climbed Ama Dablam 5 times,
as well as leading and organizing more than 25 expeditions to the Himalaya,
with safe and succesful ascents of such peaks as Everest, Pumori, Mustagata,
Cho Oyu, K2, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Gasherbrum 1, and many, many
others. The other expedition leader Jay Reilly has recently been climbing peak
Khan Tengri in Kazakhstan. Jay has climbed Ama Dablam three times. Recently,
Jay has taken on a new roll at SummitClimb.com, that of training director for
our new leaders-in-training programme. The expedition will also be accompanied
by our leaders-in-training and assistant leaders.
AMA DABLAM, coming Soon!
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backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
See more here.