Congrats to Phil, Rick and Tyler for their correct guesses at what I am climbing next. Ama Dablam! I first saw the peak in 2002 and several times since then culminating this past spring, when I saw Ama Dablam from many new angles including the view above as I completed my Great Big Walk. It was then, that I knew that I truly wanted to climb Ama Dablam, also know as the “Matterhorn of the Himalayas.”
My reasons are many…a huge challenge, a technical peak, a shakedown expedition, a chance to face many of my inner mountains…and much more I suspect. My mantra line for this climb is “We’ve all got a mountain.” It’s both metaphoric, figurative, and literal. No matter what our path is life is, no matter what our goals are…there are mountains to climb, rivers to cross, hurdles to surmount, beautiful vistas to see.
I’m hoping you will all continue to support me as I climb this next outer mountain and all the inner mountains in between. I’ll be climbing in November, a bit later than the regular season, to reduce crowding and to increase the cold and challenge (i.e. the shakedown part). Ama Dablam is 6856 metres and is located in the Khumbu Valley in Nepal. It’s is intensely beautiful and just a tad bit intimidating.
I’ve been working on my training plan and start seriously with that on Monday…bring on the mountains!