Chris Burke achieved her 1st summit on Ama Dablam with Lakpa (his 21st!!!!) on Nov 29th. Ama Dablam has been a goal of Chris' for a while after sickness foiled her 1st attempt in 2010. Feeling fit off Parchermo this time around, Chris topped out in good spirits, even after they were pushed back to base camp during the 1st summit bid by strong winds. Due to the lateness in the season, Chris enjoyed the mountain alone without other teams. A real treat as Ama Dablam is a popular peak in autumn.
Pat's Ama Dablam team are on their way to the infamous Camp 2 (i.e. a tiny rock ledge on top of a pillar) for their summit attempt. They acclimatized on Lobuche East and are now making a direct attempt on the summit without the need to rotate multiple times on the mountain. They aim to be on the summit on Nov 17. You can follow Pat's updates here: http://humanedgetech.com/expedition/pa2/
Both Sumit's (Very Best of Everest) and Pat's groups have summited Lobuche East, Pat's yesterday and Sumit's the day before. For Sumit's team, it was their first stab at mountaineering and they all did amazing! After resting an extra day at Lobuche base camp, they are now on their way to the Gokyo valley via Cho La pass. Sumit, however, has had his mountain fix and is now on his way back to Kathmandu to answer emails and meet office demands. He's left the group in the very capable hands of Jangbu.
More topouts on Ama Dablam with Garrett successfully leading his team to the top this morning. They moved from Camp 2.7 to reach the summit at 10.30am. Meanwhile Lakpa is enjoying some extended rest time in Ama Dablam base camp waiting for the arrival of Pat Hollingworth's group who are acclimatising on Lobuche East. Pat's and Sumit's groups shared Lobuche East base camp together a few nights ago.
Ama Dablam is certainly our favourite mountain, challenging to climb and stunning to look at, the ultimate climber's mountain. Matt Eaton and Nima Sherpa with Lakpa Sherpa (on his way to summit #19!!!) are at Camp 1 of their summit climb. They aim to summit on Nov 3. Garrett and his team are on their final acclimatisation rotation hoping to summit on Nov 7. Pat has arrived in Phakding today to guide Marguerite Lovegrove (U.K.), Atle Lund (Norway), Jaime McMullan (U.K.) and Steven Pearce (U.K.) also on Ama Dablam. They are acclimatising on Lobuche East first. And due to arrive this evening is Swiss climber, Vivien Jean, who's climbing independent. Diane and Marty are walking back to Lukla today after their twin peak success on Lobuche and Ama Dablam.
The Very Best of Everest expedition 2012 has begun with an early morning flight to Lukla today. The team consists of Australians, Susan (fresh of a Mera peak expedition), Colleen and Zoe, and Brits, Katie, Kate and Rory being led by Sumit, Dendi (fondly known as 'Long man' due to his lofty height for a Sherpa) and Pasang Sherpa.