31st October
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Ama Dablam Daily Report: Friday 31st October

AC Team climbing above Camp I on 29 October 2008
Photo acknowledgement: www.adventureconsultants.co.nz

Exposure at Camp II
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Ama Dablam Base Camp (4650 m)

René, together with two other team members, returned to Base Camp today at 12h30. They felt that there was too great a risk of an event (avalanche) occurring near the summit. On 17th October, a massive avalanche had swept down very close to Camp I, resulting in a number of climbers aborting their summit attempts. A report from
www.getoutdoors.com describes the present situation: "The snow slope leading up to the Dablam (the hanging glacier to the side of the peak) is now sheer blue ice instead of snow, so it's going to be a little more difficult."

Three  members of the Adventure Consultants' team are moving up to Camps II and III today and tomorrow in an attempt to summit.  A further 3 members are waiting at Camp I hoping to summit in a few days time. René and his two team members will remain in Base Camp for a few days and then descend to Lukla before flying back to Kathmandu. They then plan to spend a  few days visiting the Royal Chitwan National Park, a   world heritage site in the south of Nepal with over 43 species of mammals, 450 species of birds and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles (Kruger Park, eat your heart out).

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