October 29, 2010
The team moved up to Yak Camp yesterday and then made a move to Camp 1 this morning with plans of remaining there for the rest of the day to acclimatize. The goal for tomorrow is to have the entire group move up to Camp 2, drop some gear, and move back to Camp 1 for the night. All members will be heading back to Base Camp on the morning of the 31st for a few days of rest before the summit push....00 Comments Write a Comment
October 27, 2010
Since leaving Dingboche three days ago, we've been non-stop and having a great time. The group was really excited to finish the trekking portion of our expedition and get into the climbing so our walk from Dingboche, which normally takes 5 hours, took only 3 1/2. I think that might be this season's trend. This team is fast, strong, and really motivated. We arrived into basecamp for lunch, and...
acclimatization, acclimatize, Adrian Ballinger, Alpenglow Expeditions, Ama Dablam, climb, Nepal, trek00 Comments Write a Comment
October 24, 2010
Before heading to BC we decided to do a quick climb of Chukkung Ri. At 18,200 feet (5550 meters) it is barely even considered a mountain here in Nepal, and can be climbed in sneakers! But the views from the summit are unparalleled - Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Ama Dablam and so many peaks surround the small rocky summit, and the famed Lhotse-Nuptse Wall is only a half mile away. All...
Adrian Ballinger, Alpenglow Expeditions, Ama Dablam, Chukkung Ri, Climbing, expedition, Khumbu, Mountaineering, Trekking00 Comments Write a Comment
October 23, 2010
Day 4 of our trek into base camp is always one of my favorites. While the views in the Khumbu Valley are stunning from the first day, Day 4, on the walk from Khumjung to Phortse, is when Ama Dablam finally shows itself. Since Ama sits more or less by itself in the valley, it is especially intimidating and beautiful. Over today and tomorrow we walk all the way around the mountain, from the...
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October 20, 2010
Sometimes when the weather doesn't play nice and things don't go according to schedule, even an incredible city like Kathmandu can become unbearable. Despite lots of visits to temples and historic sites, some great meals at Kathmandu's eateries, and countless espressos and cappuccinos at the local Illy Cafe, after our flights to the mountains were cancelled for a third day (due to bad weather) it...
Adrian Ballinger, Alpenglow Expeditions, Ama Dablam, Climbing, expedition, Mountaineering, Namche Bazaar00 Comments Write a Comment