Category Archives: Ama Dablam

Hats Off to a Yak Named Pringles

I have two missions with my climbing expeditions: to inspire myself to climb to new heights (figuratively, metaphorically, and literally) and to inspire others to do the same. Especially kids. Young ones. Students. Children. Young humans. Or as my friend … Continue reading

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L is for Lessons, Lots of Lessons: Ama Dablam Wrap-Up

Our stories are written both as we live them and as well tell them. Since arriving home Monday evening, I have been telling and re-telling the story of my recent Ama Dablam climb and I learn/reflect on the experience with … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 28: Fly Back to Kathmandu and Find Your Fit Friday

Today we hope the weather lets us fly safely back to Kathmandu where we can enjoy some yummy treats! 24 is my favourite number and the runway at Hilary Tenzing Airport (Lukla) is runway 24. Did You Know? Archaeological evidence … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 27: Trek to Lukla

This will be our last day in the mountains of Nepal as we trek back to the airport at Lukla. We’ll be watching the weather closely to see if we think we’ll get out of Lukla on schedule. This fine … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 26: Trek to Monjo via Namche Bazaar

Today is a big downhill day as we head all the way down valley to Monjo. Did You Know? Nepal is only slightly larger than the state of Arkansas. Find Your Fit Fact Walking has the highest compliance rate of … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 25: Back to Kyanjuma

We follow the trail from Phortse Tenga down to Kyanjuma. Visit Tashi’s lodge again. Did You Know? Cows are sacred in Nepal and are not eaten. Because the animal is holy, all traffic yields way to the animal and it … Continue reading

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Audio Post from Kyanjuma

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Check-in/OK message from Kyanjuma SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.82327 Longitude:86.73141 GPS location Date/Time:12/02/2014 02:46:11 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KZEdP/27.82327N/86.73141E If … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 24: Down the valley to Phortse Tenga

Today we trek down the valley along the Dudh Kosi to Phortse Tenga Did You Know? Mount Everest was actually named after Colonel Sir George Everest who was a British surveyor. Find Your Fit Fact If you are walking outside, … Continue reading

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Audio Post from Phortse Tenga

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Check-in/OK message from Phortse Tenga SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.84589 Longitude:86.74296 GPS location Date/Time:12/01/2014 05:40:13 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KYNcH/27.84589N/86.74296E If … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 23: Exploring around Gokyo

Today we will trek along the Ngozumba Glacier towards Cho Oyu base camp. Did You Know? In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first people to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest. Find Your … Continue reading

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B is for Bakery: Ama Dablam Day 23 Part Two

After a fine adventure, it’s always a good idea to have a snack. After our mosey along the moraine, we stopped in at the Gokyo Bakery, perhaps the highest bakery in the world. After much deliberation, I chose a chocolate … Continue reading

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M is for Moraine: Ama Dablam Day 23

While our teammates were having a go on Island Peak, we journeyed up the Ngozumba Glacier along its lateral moraine. Cho Oyu dominated our view as we hiked up and down the moraine. At several places, people had piled rocks … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 22: Across the Ngozumba Glacier to Gokyo

  Today we cross the Ngozumba Glacier To Gokyo. The Ngozumba Glacier is the longest glacier in the Himalayas.     Did You Know? For thousands of years, the Himalayan mountain ranges served as a barrier to interaction between the peoples of … Continue reading

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Audio Post across the Ngozumba Glacier to Gokyo

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Check-in/OK message from Gokyo SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.95550 Longitude:86.69386 GPS location Date/Time:11/29/2014 05:04:35 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KWkdG/27.95550N/86.69386E If … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 21: Over the Cho La (5420 m.)

The plan is to leave Dzonglha and head over the Cho La (a pass) to the settlement of Thangnak. There will be beautiful views looking back to  Ama Dablam. Did You Know? The country of Nepal has been recorded to … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 20: Trek to Dzonghla (4843 m) & Find Your Fit Friday

Trek to Dzonghla. This is the same route we followed in section two of the GHT this past spring. Lots of memories of our camping trek with Carm, Ray, Paul, Ed, Bill, our guides Juddha and Balram, our climbing sherpas … Continue reading

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Audio Post trek to Dzonglha via Duglha

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 19: Change in itinerary, trek to Dingboche

From base camp we trek to Dingboche following a high route that contours Ama Dablam. Did You Know? The Himalayas cover about 75% of the whole country of Nepal. Find Your Fit Fact When walking at night it is best … Continue reading

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Audio Post around Ama Dablam to Dingboche

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Check-in/OK message from Dingboche SPOT TA

TA Latitude:27.89418 Longitude:86.83159 GPS location Date/Time:11/26/2014 07:57:12 NST Message:Ama Dablam Climb 2014: This is TA’s location on the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Let’s cheer TA to the summit. Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/KU15m/27.89418N/86.83159E If … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 18: Rest Day at Base Camp

This is a rest day. The point to remember is that every time we are on the hill we won’t eat enough, drink enough or sleep enough. So rest days such as this at Base Camp are vitally important to … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 17: Return to Base Camp and Rest

We pack the gear up and leave everything we can at C1. We descend, stash our climbing gear, and then drop back down to base camp. Did You Know? There are a lot of fast flowing rivers in Nepal which … Continue reading

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Audio Post up for a stay at camp one and the view from there

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 16: Recce to Camp Two

Another easy start to the day. After breakfast and plenty of hot drinks, we’ll put the harnesses on and recce the route along towards Camp 2. The route is fabulous and is on great rock. The majority of the going … Continue reading

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Audio Post and back to ABC

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 15: First Night at Camp One (5800 m.)

It’s now time to move and sleep further up the hill. We pack up and make our way up to the slabs below Camp 1 where we’ll have our harnesses, helmets, and climbing gear stashed. We’ll spend the rest of … Continue reading

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Audio Post what’s at base camp

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 14: Return to Advanced Base Camp

After a leisurely base camp breakfast, we rest for the morning. After an early lunch, we trek back up to ABC in the afternoon. It’s much easier the second time around because we will have left most of our gear … Continue reading

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Climbing Ama Dablam Day 13: Find Your Fit Friday

It’s about a two hour descent back down to base camp so we may want to just pack and go have breakfast in the base camp. We rest and relax in the sun for the rest of the day and … Continue reading

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Audio Post back down to ABC

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Audio Post Acclimatization Climb to Camp One (5669 m)

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