Monastery and the long hike

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Uncategorized
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This audio recording was made shortly after leaving Ama Dablam base camp, in a ‘village’ called Tengboche.

The careful descent

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Audio Post

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Radio co-ordinating the descent

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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In this recording Fred and Seth discuss the team’s movements from camp 2 downward and then out of the Khumbu.  Fred is correctly referred to as Swedish Ox.

Summit day

Posted: November 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The above photo was taken about three hours after the audio recording, on descent from camp 3 to camp 2. In this photo it is possible to see our two yellow tents. This was the moment at which I felt relief that the big descent was almost over. Unlike climbing, the descent relies heavily on the integrity of ropes, pitons and snow stakes. I have always found descending to be mentally challenging, given the added variables.

Seth on radio – summit bid

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Uncategorized
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We divided into a group of 5 and a group of 6 on 11 November, while climbing above camp 1. We remained in contact using radio. The above recording is of Seth explaining the summit bid plan for himself, Joe, Assaf, Pasang and Tangoche.

As an aside, Seth is a geologist living in Denver Colorado. Having also guided on Denali Seth is extremely comfortable and organised with complex mountaineering at altitude. One of Seth’s big contributions to our expedition has been with careful decision making and planning with regards to technical aspects of th climb (rope systems, acclimatisation, communications etc)