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 government, we waited it out to support our fellow guides.
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.
Well the team is at this moment snuggled in their sleeping bags at Camp 2, but I doubt they are sleeping much. In less than 1 hr, Lakpa, Niels, Scott and Chris will be making a 12am (25th April) start to their summit ambitions on Ama Dablam. Lakpa will lead ahead with Sherpas from other teams to fix the lines between Camp 3 and the summit. He was busy on the mountain yesterday setting the lines up between Camp 2 and 3 –this is the most dangerous section of the climb.
The team should make it to Camp 3 by early morning, where they will take a good rest. Then they will push through straight to the summit. Due to more snow than usual on the mountain, the team decided not to sleep at Camp 3 and to have a longer summit day instead.
The 2012 Himalayan Ascent Lobouche East team have just arrived into Namche after a good hike from Monjo. Everyone is feeling good and we arrived in good time. The team this year consists of a good mix of personalities and experiences in Anna Eriksson (Sweden), Peter Lark (Australia), Erika Martinez (Australia), Mario Martinez (Australia), William Pastor (USA) and Christopher Possa (Switzerland). Our guides this time are Lakpa Sherpa, Sumit Joshi, Dendi Sherpa and Lakpa Sherpa jnr. Still to arrive are Lexi Tuddenham (USA) and Pasang Chutti Sherpa who are joining us later in Lobouche, whilst the rest of the group head to Everest base camp first.