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.
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.
There's action, activity and fun being had on all of our expeditions at the moment. In the Khumbhu, Diane Westaway and Marty Beare should be on their summit bid on Ama Dablam right now. After several weeks of unseasonably cold weather in the Khumbu, the weather has warmed slightly to offer the team a more pleasant summit window.
Himalayan Ascent kicked off its autumn season a few weeks ago with multiple trips going multiple directions. In the Khumbu, Jangbu and Gaylgen, have recently successfully guided French couple, Marie Helene and Jean-Pierre Rougeron, on Lobuche East. Marie Helene is now on Ama Dablam aiming to summit on Oct 20. Australians Diane Westaway and Marty Beare have also topped out on Lobuche East and are resting up in Ama Dablam base camp. They too now have their sights in our favorite Khumbhu mountain, Ama Dablam.