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Ama Dablam appears

October 19, 2010 2:45 pm

The sky finally cleared last night, and even under the light of the moon, the views were amazing. For the first time, we saw the iconic shape of Ama Dablam, and I spent ages trying (not entirely successfully) to get a decent long-exposure night-time photo. This morning it was still clear, the beautiful blue sky… Read more

More yak traffic

October 16, 2010 2:32 pm

The most popular Nepalese beer with our group so far is called Everest. There’s a special edition out at the moment with a picture of a Sherpa called Nima Gombu on the label, celebrating the fact that he’s climbed Everest twelve times. His brother, Nima Temba, is our sirdar (chief Sherpa) and he’s also been… Read more

Setting off up the Khumbu

October 15, 2010 4:55 pm

Today began pretty slowly as everyone got to grips with our new lodge-based lifestyle, after the luxury of the Summit Hotel. Washing this morning was limited to a bucket of warm water on the wall outside the lodge, or the cold tap inside the building. We had breakfast about 07:30 and after a certain amount… Read more