Ama Dablam Expedition 25th October 2008
The Team Leader : Dave Kenyon
Due to the unacceptable levels of objective danger on Ama Dablam this year the team have made the decision to divert their attentions to the South Ridge of Pumori
18th Nov The team are now back in Namche having all successfully climbed Island Peak, they will head down to Lukla tomorrow and then fly back to Kathmandu the day after.
13th Nov The team have now returned from Camp 2. The cold temperatures experienced this season has meant that much of the monsoon snow remains unconsolidated. They have made the tough decision to retreat due to deep unstable snow on the summit ridge. Undeterred the team have voted to put their acclimatisation to good use with a quick ascent of Island Peak on their way back down the valley.
9th Nov The team have all successfully been to Camp 1 and have now returned to Base Camp. After a days rest they plan to sleep at Camp 1 before moving on up to Camp 2 and the springboard for their summit attempt. On the photo above taken from the popular view point of Kala Patar the route generally follows the left hand skyline.
4th Nov Dave has just called from base camp where the team is settling in and enjoying the Puja or mountain blessing. The plan tomorrow is for everyone to make a climb to Advanced BC for acclimatisation while Dave and the Sherpa team continue to Camp1 to begin preparing the route.
31st Oct The team are now in Lobuche. They plan to have an acclimatisation day tomorrow before the final days walk to base camp
29th Oct Dave and the team have just completed their acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar and will continue their trek into the heart of the Khumba tomorrow. They have just linked up with Phil fresh from his exploits on Manaslu and Mera Peak.
26th Oct Everyone has now arrived in Kathmandu and is putting the final touches to their preparations. Phil will join the group in Namche Bazaar after climbing Mera Peak and crossing the Amphu Labsa.
23rd Oct Due to the unacceptable levels of objective danger on Ama Dablam this year the team have made the decision to divert their attentions to the South Ridge of Pumori. Dave Kenyon led our successful 2004 expedition via the Normal Route to this stunning mountain which overlooks the Western Cwm of Everest. Pumori roughly translates to Un-named daughter or more commonly Daughter of Everest and dominates the skyline above Kala Patar.
5th Oct Dave & the team will depart from the UK on the 25th October