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Ama Dablam Daily Report: Saturday 1st November

Ama Dablam Base Camp (4650 m)

René enjoyed a very relaxing day in Base Camp today. He wrote his journal, sketched innumerable pictures of the mountains for his MSc thesis, read and packed his bag for departure to Namche Bazaar tomorrow. He and his two team members have  been joined by another two AC members who decided, this morning, that they would not go ahead with their summit attempt.

News from the Adventure Consultants team of 3, which is aiming for the summit, is that they have reached Camp III, aka High Camp, (6230 m) and have pitched their tents on Mushroom Ridge. This is believed to be one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Nepal. They are hoping to summit tomorrow. One more AC member, who hopes to summit on Monday, is presently waiting at Camp II.

6 climbers and 3 Sherpas from the Alpenglow team yesterday succeeded in being the first Ama Dablam summiteers this autumn season. Congratulations!

Fixed ropes on a new "variation route" on the upper slopes of Ama Dablam have just been put in place by a number of guides and Sherpas from various teams. This will allow climbers to use a new route to the summit, which is to the right of the unstable Dablam glacier and which avoids this section. This is a safer route than previously, though tougher and more technical as it includes hundreds of metres of clear blue ice.

Upper sections of the new Ama Dablam "variation route"
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Photo acknowledgement: IMG, www.explorersweb.com

Leaving Camp III for the summit
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Photo acknowledgement: http://distantpeak.com

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