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Resting done, Summit-push next!

For the Ama Dablam team, the resting is done, and the summit-push is next!  Here’s expedition leader Garrett Madison, with today’s expedition dispatch: Hello, this is Garrett Madison calling in for the Ama Dablam team expedition. We’re here at Ama Dablam base camp, the second rest day here on November 8th.  The weather is looking […]

Back at Base Camp

The Ama Dablam team is back at base camp after successfully completing their first acclimatization rotation.  With the comforts of base camp, including Internet, everyone has been busy with the important work of updating their Instagram accounts with amazing photos – check out @garrettmadison1, @moealthani, @boldbravebeautifullife, @chase.merriam, @tedhesser, and @eliasaikaly. Today, team member Ted Hesser […]

First Rotation – Touched Camp 2

The Ama Dablam team touched their high point so far by climbing to Camp 2 (5980m) today before returning to Camp 1 for the night.  Just before reaching Camp 2, they enjoyed some of the route’s best climbing by tackling the technical crux:  Ama Dablam’s Yellow Tower.  Tomorrow they will descend to base camp and […]

First Rotation – Camp 1

Today the Ama Dablam team moved up the mountain on their first acclimatization rotation.  They will spend two nights at Camp 1 (5800m).  Here is team member Moe Al Thani with today’s dispatch, courtesy of his Instagram feed: @moealthani: Hey!  This is Moe Al Thani calling you from Camp 1. It was a very, very […]

Acclimatization Continues

The acclimatization continued around base camp today.  Tomorrow the team will head up on the first rotation.  Team member Chase M. provides a recap of the day in this expedition dispatch from Ama Dablam base camp: Hello there!  This is Chase Merriam from the Madison Mountaineering Ama Dablam expedition.  I’ll be giving you all a […]

Training at Ama Dablam base camp

Today, team member Jenn D. provides the expedition dispatch with an overview of the training at Ama Dablam base camp: Hello, this is Jenn calling in for Madison Mountaineering’s Ama Dablam expedition team.  We had a great day today! After breakfast, we gave our crampons, ice axes, and mountaineering boots to the sherpas to carry […]

Active Rest Day

On their first full day in base camp, the Ama Dablam team had a very active rest day.  Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, brings us up to date with today’s dispatch: Hello, this is Garrett calling in from Ama Dablam Base Camp! We had our first full day here in Ama Dablam base camp, and we […]

The Trek to Base Camp – Pangboche (4000m)

Another beautiful day for trekking in the Khumbu where our Ama Dablam team has moved to just one day away from reaching base camp.  From the village of Pangboche, expedition leader, Garrett Madison, provides today’s audio dispatch recapping the day: Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Ama Dablam expedition.  We’re in Pangboche now […]

The Trek to Base Camp – Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Today the teams trekked from Phakding up to Namche Bazaar under beautiful, sunny skies.  Here’s expedition leader, Garrett Madison, with the update from Namche: Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Ama Dablam team expediton and Gokyo trek teams.  We are in Namche Bazaar. We had a wonderful trek today from the village of […]

The Trek to Base Camp – Day 1

Early this morning the Ama Dablam and Gokyo teams flew by helicopter from Kathmandu to the mountain village of Lukla, where they started their treks.  The first stop is the village of Phakding.  Here’s expedition leader, Garrett Madison, with today’s audio dispatch from Phakding, Nepal: Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Ama Dablam […]