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Practice Run No.3: Summit Success

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A tough day out. I am writing this retrospectively, but… what a tough bloody day. I have had some tough days out before, but this one has to be right up there. When people head to the summit from C2, they generally leave around midnight to get up and back in the day. We had been moving well so decided …

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Practice Run No.3 – Tagged Camp 2

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The Climbing is Starting to Get Interesting Had a relatively good nights sleep at ABC last night. “Relative” being the operative word. Relative considering I was at ~5300m, in a small tent, on a thin sleeping mat with rocky/gravelly ground underneath, -18degC outside, and not much warmer inside. The joys… Today climbed back up to C1, dropped some gear, continued …

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Practice Run No.3: First Time Up the Hill

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First Acclimatisation Rotation Today ascended back up to ABC and staying here the night. It was a tough slog from BC with an over loaded pack full of all my mountain gear, climbing gear and food for 4 days (enough to get through the first acclimatisation rotation). The Sherpas help establish tents and cookers at each camp site, which we …

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Practice Run No.3: First View of Ama Dablam

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Ama Dablam in Real Life – Reality Hit Been a couple of days so figured it’s time for another update. Yesterday we flew in to Lukla and spent the past two days trekking up through the Khumbu valley. We were delayed leaving Kathmandu due to maintenance issues with the plane. Always reassuring sitting on the tarmac watching ground crew undertake …

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Practice Run No.3: Returning to Kathmandu

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Kathmandu – Almost Two Decades On and Still Just as I Remember Arrived in Kathmandu last night. Today was a rest day, meet and greet with other team members, checking and double checking gear, and a touch of sight seeing. The last time I was in Kathmandu I was only 16 years old. It was my first big trip overseas. …

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Practice Run No.3: The Objective

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Objective: Ama Dablam 6812m, Nepal (and Lobuche Peak 6119m and Island Peak 6189m) Hello again. It’s been a few months since I concluded Practice Run No.2, it’s now time to kick off Practice Run No.3. Objective: Ama Dablam, 6812m. Practice Run No.1 took me to New Zealand with a climb of Mt Aspiring 3033m. Practice Run No.2 took me to …