October 19, 2011
We heard overnight from both Justin Merle and his EBC/Lobuch/Ama Dablam team, and Eben Reckord and the Annapurna team, and it sounds like everyone is doing well!
Justin says his team had a good hike today from Deboche to Pangboche, where they visited Lama Geshe at the monastery. After lunch, they pushed on up to Pheriche (about 14,000 feet), where they are now. Tomorrow they will take another acclimatization day, and do some hiking in the area.
Eben and the Annapurna and Chulu team headed up past Manang today, and had great views of Annapurna II and Gangapurna along the way. They made it to Yak Kharka (about 13,200 feet) where the sherpas have a nice camp set up.
Tomorrow they will also take an acclimatization day, and do some hiking in the area. Today the team had their first good view of Chulu Peak, and Eben says it looks big! Today they also sent Mingma Dorje up to Annapurna 4 base camp with his camera, and he took 200 photos along the way and then caught up with the team at Yak Kharka! We wanted to get some good new shots for our Annapurna IV trip next spring, so we’ll look forward to seeing his photography.
So far, so good!