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Here is what Rob says:
Apologies I haven’t had a moment to send a specific thank you email to you guys yet. Work got busy very fast and I haven’t even had a chance to review all of my photos yet – hoping to do it this weekend!
I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition and was very impressed by the SummitClimb setup. The office staff couldn’t be faulted on their excellent logistics and the expedition leader was brilliant to have with us. The climbing sherpas (Lakpa, Pasang, etc) were really helpful throughout the whole trip and Dorje was an excellent cook. Ama Dablam was a beautiful mountain and I’m delighted I climbed with SummitClimb this year on my first trip to Nepal.
I’ll take a few weeks to reflect, but may consider an 8,000er in the future. We’ll see!“
Summit Photo. Felix and Rob.
Here is what James has to say:
Here are a few things that come to mind.
Very nice to not have to walk herded in a line as a single large group on the trek, which other outfits were doing. We all found one another anyway.
The flexibility in tackling the climb from base camp was helpful. People going up in separate smaller groups, and with the option of going down.
Shakti Hotel was good enough to stay in. Being able to stay in teahouses as opposed to tents along the trekking trail was quite nice, given the weather situation and options. It was very nice to be able to access the duffel bags on the yaks, in the evenings as we gathered in each mountain village on trek. Pleasant to make a couple friends of trekkers who joined us for a few dinners and breakfasts during the trek; nice to be open and friendly. Good job on making the call to send a few people down who were not acclimatizing, as well-being is a sensitive concern easily overlooked. It was nice having an itinerary and following it closely enough. Gave a sense of schedule and progress. Especially with participants' varying arrivals. Having individual tents at base camp was very nice, and what a treat it was each morning to be greeted with hot tea. A small touch, but invaluable.
This was a semi-technical climb, and not all members were experienced in rock climbing and rappelling techniques. Reviewing at base camp was useful.
It was a good trip, whether we all summited or not. We all came back healthy and alive, which cannot be said of some members of other teams that were on the same route as us (of course our condolences for them). Thank you for being a climber yourself, and living a lifestyle that is simple and admirable. Too often in this world we get caught up with appearances and competing for what is not really worthwhile. While I didn't personally summit, the trip was a unique experience. It's valuable to see one's own limits, both physical and mental, and to come to terms with what we decide will ultimately make us happy.
Tenji Sherpa setting up a tent in Camp 1. Photo James Barritt. Top to bottom - Tenji, Maggie, Saz, and Mark climbing up to the white tower. James Barritt Photo.
Here is what Paul says:
Thanks for a great trip, I would love to try again in a couple of years oct 2016, a great Himalayan adventure, Thanks Paul
Here is what Tom says:
Many thanks for arranging the trip. While Ama Dablam was a different challenge than initially envisioned I had a great time on the mountain and enjoyed myself greatly. The decision to break up the waiting game with a foray to Island Peak was inspired: for those of us that went and did that climb that was the highlight of the trip.
Commendations to Dani and to Lakba for their wonderful service. Dani did a great job with both the Oct team and the November team and has a very good handle on what is required in order to lead a diverse group of type A personalities. He was patient, decisive and careful. Lakba worked wonderfully hard - confirming rooms, arranging meals and helping me with my gear. He also is a valuable part of your team.
Here is what Adrian says:
My body is back at home, but my soul has a way to travel yet - I think there is an Arabic saying along the lines that distances shouldn't be covered quicker than the pace of a camel - travelling thousands of miles overnight just isn't good for the psyche.
I feel that the Ama Dablam trip went resoundingly well, and I was well impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the leader, sherpas, and the other staff. It was also appreciated that the office staff took time to collate everyone's photos and distribute a DVD of them.
The quantity and quality of food (and having kitchen tents at ABC and Camp
1) definitely helped to keep us all going.
We were lucky the group got along so well together, that the weather was not too unkind, and that no-one was too ill or injured (as we witnessed in many of the groups around us in basecamp). Our sensible acclimitisation programme probably helped here too. The cooks, Sherpas and porters all worked very hard to ensure the expedition succeeded, so I hope their experiences of the group and trip generally are as positive as mine. I speculate that the type of expedition on offer (e.g. not a fully guided
experience) attracted a certain type of physically fit, experienced, and independent-minded client, which contributed to the overall success of the trip.
A few minor things could be "tweaked" though. • It's worth mentioning on the web just how good cell reception is in Nepal even at one end of basecamp people were able to SMS and call.
- Also, the ease of charging phones etc at basecamp - I was amazed how simple it was, and didn't need a car type (cigar-lighter) plug (as mentioned on the web as being necessary).
- It's probably worth suggesting members invest in buying cheap holdalls in KTM to put their luggage in for the flight and, more importantly, for carrying by beasties of burden.
- A simple (photocopyable) map of Thamel showing "recommended" gear shops, banks, and the supermarkets would have been really timesaving and useful.
- Make ski-goggles recommended not optional in the kit-list. The prospect of strong winds made having them in the bag very reassuring.
These are minor points, and they in no way detracted from the overall enjoyment and positive experience of the expedition. Regards, Adrian. back to top
Ama Dablam in the morning (Nikos Daniilidis). Ama Dablam seen along the approach trek to basecamp (Nikos Daniilidis).
Here is what Sam N says:
Almost everyone on the trip made the summit!!!!! The team worked well together and got along well, the food was pretty good and prepared well so that no one got sick. The cooks did a good job preparing food to keep everyone healthy. The leader did a good job allowing time for the team to summit on summit day and he was personable.
- Sam N back to top
Here is what Wanda, Ama Dablam summitter who has been on climbs with other companies has to say:
"What I liked best about this expedition was the focus of independence that was placed on each person. I have been on other "guided" climbs and I never felt like I was gaining much in the ability to become a self-sufficient climber. On this trip, I felt good about the knowledge and confidence that was gained, knowing that I had to take care of myself as well as look out for those on my team. I especially liked they way everyone climbed at the rate that best suited their own fitness level. I never once had the feeling that I was waiting for someone to catch-up or that I was holding up the team.
We were fortunate to be able to assist in the first ascent by a Nepalese woman, and putting the youngest woman on the summit. Maya Sherpa and Camille Kinny on the summit, with Everest on the right. A beautiful day, if a little windy. When we got back to Kathmandu the reporters were at the hotel and the story was printed in the paper. Ama Dablam behind the village of Pangboche (3,860 metres/12,700 feet).Photo Chris Kinny.
There are a couple of things that I feel individuals can do to make this trip an enjoyable experience.
1. Train! I have always found that the more fit I am, the more I enjoy any expedition. Also, research the route and come prepared with the knowledge of what to expect.
2. Come with a relaxed, open mind. The team dynamics on my Ama Dablam trip were great because there were no stringent agendas (personal, or otherwise) I have found that it is the less uptight people that generally have the best experience and now that I think of it, the reason the Ama Dablam trip was free of this aspect was probably because of the personalities of the leaders. They are serious about why they are there, yet it is approached with a "no worries" attitude. I LOVED THAT! And it obviously worked, because every member of our team summitted.
Because we had many Sherpa on our team and we interacted a lot during the climb, I felt this was a cultural experience as well. Many spoke a little English so we were able to converse, ask questions about their lifestyle and customs. They were an integral part of our expedition, hard working and very experienced. I was glad to have had this interaction as it gave that much more feeling to an “international” endeavor.
My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety.
Looking back, if there was one thing that I would suggest to make this trip better it would be more yak cheese pizza at basecamp! Yum, this stuff was delicious.
Overall, this company gets top marks for their operation and that is why I will definitely climb with them again in the future." back to top
Our leader and team member on the mushroom ridge looking down. Photo Dan Mazur. A close up look at tthe infamous Mushroom Ridge at 6150 metres/20,300 feet. Photo Chris Kinny
Here is what summitter Kurt has to say:
"I personally felt the trip was very well organized and executed. I was very impressed that you cared enough about the anchors and ropes to fix them properly. Most other expeditions seemed to not care and were willing to use whatever was currently in place.
The list of good things on this trip is rather extensive:
-Individual and common tents at base camp -Morning tea served to us while we were still in our sleeping bags!!!
-Three excellent meals every day.
-Shower and washing facilities.
-Excellent logistical support for full and basic service.
-Many helpful and friendly sherpas all the way the summit if you need them.
-Personable and knowledgeable leaders.
-Friendly logistical staff.
-Plenty of time to acclimate and accomplish our climbing goals.
-Flexibility to accommodate different member’s needs.
-Low key approach to expedition climbing.
-Audience with the High Lama of Pangboche and another holy man who walked up to BC to bless us all once again.
-The end of expedition family-style party at the home of our local Nepalese agent!!!" back to top
Our advanced basecamp at 5500 metres/18,150 feet. We have a cook here who prepares hot drinks and food to keep us healthy. Camp 3 at 6300 metres/20,800 feet.Photo Dan Mazur
Here is what Stein from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
"Regarding the expedition I have only praise for you!!
Although I guess there were more members than usual, I found that pretty much everything went smooth and efficiently. I found the base-camp staff and the climbing Sherpas at least as friendly and helpful as last year. The organisation of basecamp and the climb itself could not have been done any better given the circumstances!!
Back in Lukla, Kami provided us with the flexibility to return to Katmandu when we wished. In Kathmandu Murari and Deha were helpful beyond any expectations! (And it was nice to chill out at "Yak and Yeti" where the breakfast was worth the price alone!! Murari negotiated a very favourable rate for us!)
The new web site is very good and feedback from family and friends says that they were able to follow the expedition very closely!! BZ!
I have no hesitations in recommending this trip to anyone. All in all I am very satisfied with the trip!!" back to top
Here is what Bjorn from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
Thank you for a fantastic trip! I'm safely back home, already back at work!
Regarding your expedition, all I have is praise! Things very generally well organized, however provided enough slack to allow a lot of personal preferences. Everyone in the staff were good people, the climbing sherpa's were strong and the kitchen staff made great food and took good care of us.
Impressive staff, and I would like to mention the climbing sidar, Kagi, as a person who made lasting good impressions.
I also felt that the schedule of the trip regarding the trek in, acclimatization and duration was good, and well thought out.
Thank you for a great adventure, a spectacular summit, nice people and staff and fantastic weather. back to top
Gyelje Sherpa in the lower part of the grey tower. Checkout camp two on top of the yellow tower in the lower left. photo by Maaike Braat. Camp 2.7 on Ama Dablam at 5950 metres / 19,500 feet. Photo by Maaike Braat
Here is what Joanne from Birmingham, England had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
First and foremost I have to thank you for warming my toes in camp 3 and suggesting swapping my layers around - I'm sure I couldn't have gone a step further if you hadn't helped with the defrosting exercise!!
I really enjoyed the trip and the whole group were great fun to be with. Considering how large the group was, and a number of concerns about this were raised amongst the group, the ascent groups were pretty well organised.
The meals were pretty darned good considering logistics, supplies and camp locations. The lighting was excellent in the mess tent. The cooks were great and so polite and hard-working in all camps.
I was really impressed with the sherpas - Lakpa and Tenzing were great!
Great to have a shower tent and a ladies pee tent (these were about the only places where there were no peeing men in view!!)
Looking for the next mountain to climb!
Hanging out around camp 1 on a sunny day. Joanne from Birmingham and our leader, Dan Mazur, on the summit. Photo Joanne Goodson.
Here is what summitter Eric Elliot had to say about our October 2007 expedition:
"Strictly speaking, this was an "unguided" expedition. However, there was always some "guidance" prior to and during this fantastic expedition. Before my trip, SummitClimb answered many questions that I had by email, clearly and in a timely fashion. What's more, during the expedition, the leader and his excellent Staff, assistant leaders, and extremely competent Sherpas were always available to explain technique and offer assistance to ensure the best possible chance of success.
This does not imply that minor improvements can never be thought of for a very comprehensive, well-coordinated and well-established expedition with optimal flexibility, but everything detailed on the excellent website was accomplished and so nothing more could be expected. Thank you so much! - for your thoughtfulness right from the start, and for sharing your extensive experience with the entire group throughout." back to top
Ama Dablam behind the village of Pangboche (3,860 metres/12,700 feet). Photo Chris Kinny. A close up look at tthe infamous Mushroom Ridge at 6150 metres/20,300 feet. Photo Chris Kinny
Here is what Richard P says:
I have now been a member on 3 Summitclimb expeditions, repeat business is the best complement any business can receive. Summitclimb have extensive experience on a number of mountains and I have found all three of my Summitclimb expeditions to be well organised and I’ve had no doubt we’d get to our mountain even when other companies were having visa or logistic problems.
The climbing sherpas and base camp staff are a close knit group and work hard for each other and the team in a very family atmosphere, always welcoming team members to join in their camaraderie. It has been very special to re-ignite friendships with the Sherpa team on my two subsequent Summitclimb expeditions. The climbing Sherpas have been an inspiration, especially Tenji and Thile, it is incredible the effort and power they exert for the team cause. I recommend Summitclimb to all of my friends. back to top
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