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Summit Lobuche East 6119m

It has been 7 years since my last high altitude climb and Lobuche East gave me that chance again- base camp with awesome meals, sleeping on tents and just getting lost in the grandeur of the almost surreal mountains that surrounded us.

After base camp the following day we climbed to high camp. Early the next morning we woke up at 2am and had a generous meal of cereals, tea and coffee. By 3am we were all donned in our climbing gears and started to move for the climb. Negotiating the rock and boulder band for the first 2 hours aided only by our head torch was a challenging 2nd day start for the team. Catching our breath everytime as we climb up higher to the ice and snow section.

By the time we reached the ‘crampon area’, the sun had illuminated the top of the peaks around us. We immediate put on our crampons and geared up for the steep ice wall in front of us.

It was challenging, I have to say, almost 3 hours of anchoring yourself and doing change overs along the fixed lines with our Jumar and anchor in thinning air.

At 9 am, the whole team reached the summit successfully. We were blessed with a clear view of some of the majestic mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Mera peak and Thamserku to name a few. It was exceptional!

After an hour of photo opts and scene savoring , it was time to go down. We have to rappel off the fixed lines we just used to climb up. One by one, we engaged in the fixed rope to rappell. I thought it will be easier than climbing up but it was still hard work. Not to mention that we got stuck on the line waiting for another team to climb up using the same fixed line we were using. It was very cold waiting and I realized how easy to just freeze or ran out of oxygen in the same situation when climbing higher mountains.

Finally, free rope and we all made it back down. After 11 hours of non stop climb and action, we had a well deserved rest and meal at base camp .

Well done team. Hearty congratulations. 2 more peaks!

Mabuhay!

Janet Belarmino
Team Leader

Thank you GET UP and REGATTA for supporting our Himalayan Expeditions 2014.

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GET UP flag at the summit


REGATTA flag at the summit


Todd and Janet on the summit