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Baruntse and Mera Peak Climb & Trek Expedition Recent News Autumn

Baruntse & Mera Peak Autumn: News of our expedition
 
Please read regular updates on our Twitter NewsFeed @SummitClimbInc 
 
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Climbing Action. Photo Scott. 
 
  
 
Climbing Action. Photo Scott.  
 
  
 
Climbing Action. Photo Scott. 

14 Nov - Today's update from Expedition Leader Dani for Second Team : All members are doing well & have spent the day resting at BC. Dani 

11 Nov - Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: We are back in Kathmandu after a scenic Lukla flight.    Back to top

8 Nov - Today's update from Expedition Leader Dani for Second Team : Today we walk from Pangboche to Dingboche, all climbing members are feeling good.

7 Nov - Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • We made it down to Chukung Village. Everyone's ok. They even lowered the ‪dog‬ down the pass!
 
Happy Dog.  Photo Scott. At camp. Kari Photo Heikkinen  
  • Now we are in the very challenging abseil rappel of the amphu labtsa descent. 15m/50ft of #vertical rock snow. Toughest for the porters.   Back to top

6 Nov - Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • A DOG has followed us up here. We are not sure what to do. Should we try lowering the dog down the cliffs on the other side of the pass?
  • Brite starlite nite on Amphu Labtsa pass. Remotest valley in Himalaya layed out below us. If this was Alps, it would be named Eagles Nest.
  • Amphu Labtsa high camp 5670m/18600ft Highest camp of trek Hard to believe we are so high up in the clouds looking down on the 5 lakes valley
  • Baruntse group number 1 is now packing up basecamp, readying for the walk to amphu labtsa high camp. We are 9 members, 3 Sherpas, 22 porters.Back to top
 
 
 
  
 
Climbing Action in Amphu Labtsa. Photo Scott.

5 Nov - Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • Very tough descent to basecamp. High winds, blowing snow, hard to stand up or walk, one tent damaged. All Sherpas & members ok, thank God.
  • Heavy wind blowing snow and ground blizzard @ camp 2 are making packing challenging & will add difficulty to the descent. Please Be Careful
 
 Photo Scott. 

4 Nov - Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • All members and all Sherpas have returned safely from Mount Baruntse. It was a perfect sunny day. Now we are at Highcamp replenishing.
  • Now setting off into nite to climb Baruntse. Drink tea, eat porridge, fill bottles. Its 3am. We begin ascending the fixed ropes in 1 hour. Back to top
3 Nov - Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:
  • Inside warm tent resting for tonight's summit attempt. Sherpas make delicious food, hot tea. Forecast calls for light wind. Try sleep a bit
  • In camp 2 @ 6350m/21150ft. Sunny + windy in highcamp w 8 member & 4 Sherpa. 5 teams descended with no summit. Please wish luck 4 tonight! Back to top

 Photo Scott. 

2 Nov -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • Splendid day for ascent to camp 1. Sunny, no wind, no cloud. Steep snow climbing up the west col. Everyone made it! We're at 6100m/21,000ft.
  • On our way to the summit. Our first stop will be camp 1, where we will sleep tonight. Tomorrow we go to camp 2, then try summit. Need luck!

1 Nov -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Dear BaruntseNews followers. Sunny morning here in basecamp. Stunning views of Ama Dablam & Everest. Resting for tomorrow's summit push.

 Photo Scott. 

31 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • Now we are eating lunch at 5950m/19800ft. We are at the base of the West Col. Its a lovely warm sunny day with splendid views. mmm sandwich
  • Ice climbing glacier training on Naulekh Glacier. Perfect weather to practice ropes, iceaxe, crampon, ascending, descending, belays. Fun ice
  • It only snowed 2cm/1in overnight and skies are mainly blue with a few light clouds and zero wind. We are headed to camp 1 to acclimatize. Back to top

30 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • Our ‪Sherpas‬ climbed ‪Everest‬ 10 times & now make ‪Baruntse‬ ‪climb‬ ceremony w chanting, ‪prayer‬ flags, incense & bless ice axes & ‪crampons‬
  • Kvi koira ‪leiriss‬ ‪Baruntsen‬ toi lumen pakkasen On taivas nyt pilvetn laakso kaunis netn ‪Vuoret‬ ‪‎Nepalin‬ lumoaa talvi mielest katoaa
  • Today's our 2nd day of snowy weather here in ‪‎basecamp‬. The sun popped out for a moment & a helicopter arrived with fresh food & fuel. Lucky . Back to top
 
 Photo Scott.

29 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • In ‪‎Baruntse‬ BC. ‪‎Snow‬ all night. Members healthy. Waiting for good ‪‎weather‬. Few groups here. No summit yet. Happy 79th ‪‎Birthday‬ Mom-Scott
  • Just had a ‪walkie‬ talkie conversation with ‪‎Ama‬ Dablam group 2, who are in camp 2 @ 6000m/20,000ft. Steady ‪snowfall‬, retreating to camp 1. Back to top
 
 Photo Scott. 

28 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • Enjoy walk through flat grass valley. Merging rivers, many birds below Mount Hongku. Unspoiled campsite on White Lake. View Everest Lhotse.
  • Congratulating SummitClimb Ama Dablam group 1. Good job summiting Asia's most famous rock ice and snow peak. Matterhorn of the Himalaya. Back to top

27 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Lay on soft warm riverbank grass Rushing water sound soothes Solar showers (Kalle swims in icy stream) Yummy dinner pizza fresh veg.. Asleep

26 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • We trek remote Hongu valley. Peaks rim it as shark teeth. Descend grassy slope. Rushing blue river. Camp: verdant meadow with Snow Pheasant
  • Travis is now trekking out to Lukla with Lakpa Sherpa and porters. We miss you Travis and Lakpa! 9 of us are walking to Mount Baruntse. Back to top

Photo Scott

25 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • We are back down in basecamp. Hot showers, delicious food, warm sun. All is well.
  • We are on the ‪SUMMIT‬! of Mera Peak. Its sunny, windy and beautiful. ‪EVEREST‬ looks incredible from here!!
  • 1:00am in high camp. Sherpas are bringing us cups of tea, porridge, and noodle soup. We are trying to wake up & get dressed. Very windy cold. Back to top
 
 
 
Photo Scott.
 
 
Photo Scott.
 
 
Photo Travis Lubinski

24 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • In high camp. Awesome Everest views, but very windy. 9 hours until departure @ 2am with 9 members (men & women) and 4 super star Sherpas.
  • Climbing to Mera Peak high camp @ 5800m/19,000. Sunny, light wind, light cirrus, mainly blue sky. Please wish us luck for tonight's ascent.
 
Ice Training.  Photo Travis Lubinski and Scott

23 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Ice climbing glacier training on Naulekh Glacier. Perfect weather to practice ropes, iceaxe, crampon, ascending, descending, belays. Fun ice. Back to top

  

Photo Scott.

22 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur:

  • At Naulekh Lake. Brilliant sunshine, breathtaking mountain views around including Mera Peak. Looking forward to glacier training tomorrow.
  • Just now entering the Mera La. Its a massive 1.5km/1mile long glacier @ 5400m/17400ft. The entry point to Mera La has rockfall. Helmets On! Back to top
 
 
Photo Scott

21 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Now we are making an acclimatization walk to 5300m/17,000ft on a high ridge above Kare. Surprised we can see Ama Dablam from here. Go Mera!

 

Photo Travis Lubinski

20 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: In Kare Village, the last town @ 4900m/16150ft. The views are superb but its very high so we rest here a few days. Saw wild animals & birds. Back to top

Photo Travis Lubinski

19 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Rest day @ Mera. Mountain walk + yoga, then delicious lunch, hot showers, afternoon tea, fascinating conversation. Tomorrow 700m / 2300ft climb.

Photo Travis Lubinski

18 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Sunny trek in grassy meadows beside roaring Hingku River. Now camped at 4250m/14000ft. Comfortable lodge beneath towering Mera Peak cliffs. Back to top

Photo Scott

Photo Travis Lubinski

17 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: We escaped yesterday's frozen wasteland of the ChetraLa Pass, today descending 1200m/4000ft into steaming rhododendron jungles to Kote town

Photo Scott

View from Lukla. Lukla Street. Photo Travis Lubinski

16 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Yesterday afternoon it snowed and this morning is gorgeous and sunny with puffy clouds. We are perched in the beautiful 4600m/15,000ft high Chetra la pass. Its clear and warm here with amazing peaks all around. Back to top

Photo Scott

 

View from Lukla. Lukla Street. Photo Travis Lubinski

15 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: This morning we are eating a delicious breakfast surrounded by sunny snow clad peaks. Last night it snowed heavily till midnight, then the stars popped out. Back to top

Lukla Airport and Lukla Cyber Cafe. Photo Travis Lubinski

Kathmandu Domestic Airport. Photo Travis Lubinski

14 Oct -

Today's update from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Today we had a nice sunny flight to the world's most dangerous airport: Lukla. Thankfully, all members and bags arrived ok. Then we trekked to Chutanga at 3500m/11,500ft. We are camped in cloud forest. Back to top

Market and Street of Kathmandu. Photo Travis Lubinski

  

Hand Job in kathmandu. Photo Travis Lubinski

Members at hotel Shakti meeting room for expedition briefing.  Preparing for going airport to fly Lukla. 

Sight seen in Kathmandu. Photo Markus. 

10 October -

Today's Tweet from Expedition Leader Dan Mazur: Mera Peak - ‪‎Baruntse expedition packing now for imminent departure. Exciting! Back to top

Baruntse Team: 
  • Dan Mazur (Leader), USA/UK
  • Kari Hasto, Sweden
  • Daniel Forsland, Sweden
  • Charles (Scott) Clark, USA
  • Nicole Clark, USA
  • Stuart Smith, USA
  • Kari Heikkinen, Finland
  • Rosalie Coelho, Australia
  • Ian Coelho, Australia
Mera Peak Team:

Baruntse (Only) Second Team:

  • Val Rubinchik, Canada
  • Tony Schuck, Australia

Climbing Sherpa

  • Jangbu Sherpa
  • Nganga Nuri Sherpa
  • Chhawan Karma Sherpa

Base Camp Manager

  • Kaji Tamang

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