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This week we kick off our Ama Dablam season. For some it’s a time to take care of unfinished business, for others it’s a new challenge to climb the jewel of the Khumbu. For us at Himalayan Ascent, the expedition marks our final adventure for 2015…it’s been a long year, we’re looking forward to ending […]

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Today a year has past since the tragedy of April 18, 2014, a day that forever changed us at Himalayan Ascent. We remember Ankaji often; random events and moments often trigger his face in our minds. That tragic day in the icefall, Ankaji left behind 6 children and Pem Tenji, 2 children. Today they are […]

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The danger of falling ice is high on Ama Dablam, yet still the accident was unpredicted and has taken us all by surprise. Climbing fast at 3am before light reduces the risk of falling ice. In the darkness, the climbers didn’t see or hear the moving ice. This post was meant to highlight our successes […]

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Yesterday 26th July at 2.15pm (Pakistan time), Lakpa, Chirring and Chris Burke stood on top of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Chris was the first Westerner to summit the mountain this season. Not just that, she’s now the first Australian woman to have summitted this Himalayan giant!!! Congrats to the whole team. […]

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Fantastic news just in, the Makalu team summited this morning at 6am. Everyone in the team topped out including Christine Burke (Australia/NZ), Vance Cook (USA), Lakpa Sherpa, Ngima Sherpa and Galden Sherpa. The team are already back at Camp 3 and they will drop to Camp 2 later today to rest for the night. Everyone […]

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Fortunately another window has opened so the Makalu team are presently climbing to camp 4. Once they get there, they’ll rest in preparation for their summit bid starting tonight. It’s a bit busy up there with lots of teams also climbing on the same schedule. Go team!

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Despite mild wind weather predictions, strong winds prevented the Makalu team from reaching Camp 3 on the 15th. Camp 3 sits on the Makalu la, a pass or saddle that is exposed to winds. We heard reports of some teams already at Camp 3 who were unable to leave their tents, and other braver teams […]

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Chris and Vance have completed their camp 3 rotation on Makalu with Lakpa, Ngima and Galden. At the moment the winds aren’t looking great at the summit so they’re patiently sitting tight at base camp for the window to open. Once the winds ease, the team will make their summit push. Meanwhile most of our […]

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I am back in Kathmandu and am relieved to leave behind another tumultuous Everest season. Although I am excited to be safely home to my pregnant wife, I am deeply saddened that Ankaji’s children and 15 other families don’t have a father to welcome home this time. What grieves me more as I reconnect to […]

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After days of uncertainty and unrest at Everest base camp, the Himalayan Ascent team can finally officially announcement that they’re going home. Our guides had already decided to quit the expedition following the loss of our friends and teammates last Friday, but due to the growing movement to demand more protection and rights from the […]

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