Monday, October 29, 2012

Trip down memory lane.. Ama Dablam 96'

October 22, 2012' 21:30 NPT - a little extra!
Kiran confirms that the IP group is now in Kathmandu, they made it out a day early and we expect they are enjoying hot showers and a night out on the town to it's fullest and checking in with loved ones at home.
The remaining Triple Crown team has added a little extra to the itinerary. We summited Pokalde  (5806m) today and afterwards the team continued on over to Gorak Shep. Tomorrow they will take a trip up to Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar for those ultimate photos while I stay here at base camp getting things organized for Lobuche East, our final summit of three.  
Over and out .. Tim
A little trip down memory lane:  I came across our photos from the 1st. Canadian Ama Dablam Expedition in 1996. I forgot what it used to be like, we were the only ones in the valley and on the mountain. So grateful we had that time, it's all so much different now, thought I'd share during this cyber down- time in the Khumbu. 
First Canadian Ama Dablam Expedition 1996 - Tim Rippel photos
Ama Dablam Base Camp- only ones here and at a time when it used to snow heavily.
Tim brewing up on Ama. A time when climbers themselves did all the rope fixing, anchors, carrying loads and building camps instead of Sherpas.
A time when the only way climbers went in to the Khumbu to climb was by Russian cargo helicopter, climbers got in and we piled our gear on top of us. A time when turbulence was not a good thing. 

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