Dispatch 17/The way home/5.27.08

We have arrived at the trails end and the road home.
The morning of 5/23 we boarded a plane in Jomosom, a tiny Nepali airstrip located between the Annapurna and Dhauligiri ranges. The airline, Gorkha “Fly with us the gallant way”. What? Six expeditions here and I never really knew how to define […]

Team Audio Dispatch 09

Just received this audio message from Ben. The guys are completely out of the mountains and relaxing in the resort town of Pokhara.
Jon Miller

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Team Audio Dispatch 08

Just received this audio message from Ben. The guys are nearly done walking out from the mountain and have just crossed Thorung La Pass (”La” means “pass”) and are hanging out with some of the larger locals right now…
Jon Miller

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Dispatch 17/Manang/5.20.08

Warm Tuborg beer from a dusty brown bottle flowed through my lips while the howling winds of the Marsyangdi valley pelted the windows with sand and dust. I sat there shivering in the calm air after taking my first shower in about a month. We are now on the Annapurna Circuit, a popular […]

Dispatch 16/solid ground/5.18.08

Tossing and turning throughout the night, my eyes scoured tiny visions of darkness through the slit between my fleece hat and draft collar on my sleeping bag. Where was morning? A frozen water bottle held my watch around it’s mouth, inches from my ear but an eternity from the base of the mountain. It […]

Team Audio Dispatch 07

Just received this audio message from Ben. He and Josh are back down the mountain and back with Tim at Base Camp.
Jon Miller

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Team Audio Dispatch 6

Just received this audio message from Ben. He and Josh are safe, having made the decision to turn around and not climb to the summit. They are heading down the hill and will soon be in the comfortable surroundings of Base Camp.
These guys are the smartest type of climbers.
Jon Miller

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Dispatch 15/no go! But we aren’t bummed!/5.16.08

Well, the time is here…up or down? It is an easy decision. We worked the weather window and conditions and now that is what is working us. We get to ski tomorrow!
When we elected not to leave camp this morning it was a good decision. Now that we have had steady […]

Team Audio Dispatch 05

Just received this audio message from Ben.
The guys are preparing for their summit attempt!.
Jon Miller

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Dispatch 14/Whoa snow!/5.16.08

We just uploaded an audio dispatch and didn’t want to leave anyone out so here is the news.
We got some wind and snow last night and are experiencing some enormous wind slab avalanche potential above our current camp at 20,000′. Since most of our conditions have been moderate to considerable and the route to […]

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