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From: James McKee
Boulder, Colorado, September 23, 2008

Storm Breaks, allows team to ascend to Camp I

Hello all:

This is just a quick update to inform you that the blizzard that kept the team pinned to the Annapurna IV base camp has lifted and allowed the expedition team to ascend to Camp I.

Brad reports they arrived at Camp I early Tuesday morning. Ascending was a difficult task as the route is very steep and is covered in snow and slimy rock. Despite the challenges, it was a fun day, especially since the team had to wait seven days for the monsoon storm to clear. They also spent another two days getting the climbing route ready for the trip to Camp I.

The team is currently perched on a ridge, safe and sound, but avalanches are still present all around them. In between the clouds they can see great views of Manaslu, one of the peaks in the region. Hopefully the next update will be from Camp II!

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