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Expedition team settles down in Base Camp: Climbing action aheadAlex Txikon, together with a large team, reached Base Camp at the feet of Ama Dablam (6,848m) on Jan16 and now prepare to start the climb, weather permitting, next Wednesday. The climbers and a trekking group reached Base camp at 4,600m, safe and healthy, after enjoying six days of trekking in great weather. Contrary to Alex’s previous winter expeditions up the Khumbu valley, they have found the trail covered in snow from Namche Bazaar, at approximately 3.400m.
The snow-covered terrain has allowed Alex and the team to put into practice one of the lessons learnt last winter on K2. “In just four hours, we’ve built an igloo for the night,” Alex announced. “They are not so easy to build, but I’d say we’re kind of experts by now.”
Otherwise, Base Camp is perfectly installed and organized thanks to Katmandu-based 7 Summit Treks, the expedition outfitter in charge of the expedition’s logistics. As for climbing plans, the team is celebrating the Puya ceremony on Monday, Jan 20. “Funny enough, on Jan 20 two years ago we stood on the Summit of Pumori,” Alex recalled. The climb this time will have to wait at least until Wednesday though, due to forecast announcing a turn for the worse in weather conditions on Tuesday. “We’ve got plenty of time to climb this impressive peak. Some team members have already scouted the route up to Camp 1 and the mountain is in excellent conditions,” Txikon said. All going well, the entire team would set off towards Camp 1 for the night on Wednesday, “and then further up,” they just said. However, according to the expedition leader’s calculations, the climb should be completed by the end of January.
The expedition leader remarks the positive atmosphere within the team, despite the large number of members: Oscar Cardo and Jonatan Garcia (also going for Everest right after Ama Dablam), Ramon Portilla, Felix Criado, Sergio Perez, Francisco Miguel Fernandez, Alejandro Albacete, David Javega, Jesus Morales, Jose Manuel Zapata and Francisco Hurtado, plus Nepalese Pasang Sherpa and Chhepal Sherpa. “Climbing in such a great atmosphere is so rewarding,” Txikon claimed. “I just hope we will enjoy every single day ahead as much as we have done since we first met in Kathmandu ten days ago.”
Èíôîðìàöèÿ ïðåäîñòàâëåíà: Alex Txicon
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