October 23, 2010
IMG Guide Mark Allen reports:
“The team ascended to Lobuche at 16,100ft and had the clearest day thus far. The timing was perfect because we had views of many 6000m peaks including a stunning view of Ama Dablam, as well as 7000m peaks Nuptse and Pumo Ri. We trekked up the Moraines of the Khumbu Ice fall and had a 360 degree view of the major peaks of the Himalayas on a clear day.
The altitude is affecting us and we are slowing down to cope. After one night in Lobuche we will continue to ascend the Khumbu Glacier on Oct. 23rd and reach our highest village on the trek, Gorak Shep 17593ft, and ascend to Kala Patthar 18204ft for what’s known as the most beautiful views in the Himalayas and the best view of Everest 8850m. After one night at Gorak Shep we will return to Lobuche.
Every one is in good hands and doing fine, although some of the team is suffering from head and chest colds. A few climbers are choosing to stay & rest in Lobuche to heal the cold rather than climb higher where it is harder to heal. This will give them a better shot at being better for the climbs later to come.”
– Mark Allen
October 25, 2010 – Update
Later on the 23rd Mark called in via sat phone to report that they were at 17000 ft. & on their way down from Kala Patthar where all the EBC trekkers summitted. They’re on their way down to Gorak Shep where they’ll spend the night, then head down to Lobuche. At that point they’ll say goodbye to the EBC trekkers and the Lobuche climbers will head to EBC, then back down to Lobuche.
The Ama Dablam team is using the SPOT Tracker at each new location and will send updates when able. Stay tuned and wish them luck!
– Becky Kjorvestad