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Summit

Summit (6,856 meters)

Finally we will reach one of the world's finest summits, where we will be treated to incredibly stunning views of the south Face of Lhotse, Nuptse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Shishapangma, Makalu, and the Khumbu Himal.Click here to view image source

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The Dablam

The Dablam

The mountain has a hanging glacier near the summit that is thought to resemble a 'Dablam' - a special pendant worn by sherpa mothers (Ama) to hold precious items. Every year the 'Dablam' changes in appearance, and therefore in apparent danger. We will climb two pitches of dramatic and very steep ice to the side of the 'Dablam' to reach one of the world's finest summits. Although technically straightforward, the altitude and steep angle will make it feel harder. This will be a time to grit our teeth and keep on moving upwards…  Click here to view image sourceClick here…

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Camp 3

Camp 3 (6,400 meters)

At the far end of Mushroom Ridge, just before we start climbing upwards again lies Camp 3. This site has been relocated since the Dablam collapse in 2006, to a more sheltered position, just off the east side of the ridge. There is a tiny spot here underneath an ice 'mushroom' that you can dig into and squeeze on two or three small tents. This site is protected from the wind and falling serac debris from the 'Dablam' above Camp 3. Click here for image source

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Grey Tower

Grey Tower and Mushroom Ridge

From camp 2, we will climb a steep snow ridge through the 'Grey Tower'; a 20m rock step of a 'Severe' grade, and then some multiple scrambling pitches in snow, rock and ice. When we leave the rock of the Grey Tower and move onto pure snow we will know that we are not far from the 'Mushroom Ridge'. This is a very exposed traverse line, an airy walk which varies from year to year. We will need to be steady in our crampons and steady in our minds as we tip toe along the crest.Andy Chapman (Jagged Globe)Click here…

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Camp 2

Camp 2 (5,900 meters)

Above the Yellow Tower a short section of ridge leads to Camp 2. Camp 2 is placed on top of a rock pinnacle and is extremely exposed - probably the most 'airy' site we will ever pitch a tent on. The platform is very small and uneven meaning that the tents are normally tied onto the mountain. All lines are double fixed here for safety. Andy Chapman (Jagged Globe)Andy Chapman (Jagged Globe)

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Yellow Tower

Yellow Tower

From Camp 1 we will contour round the snowy bowl until below two rock fingers. The east side of the ridge will be followed, climbing easy mixed ground until a short pitch of 'Severe' standard climbing leads to the ridge proper. The ridge is narrow in places and leads in turn to a further two pitches of 'Very Severe' standard. The route continues on the crest of the ridge for a short distance until we will be forced via an awkward step onto the west side of the ridge. The exposure here is huge, with especially massive drop-offs on both…

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Camp 1

Camp 1 (5,700 meters)

The path that winds its way up from Camp Half, soon disappears into the dreaded boulder field below Camp 1. There will be some large boulders for us to negotiate here and cairns to mark the way. At the end of the boulder field, we will cross some slabs and then ascend a short gully, which will allow access to the ridge proper in a very exposed position. Easy scrambling on the east side of the ridge leads quickly to Camp 1, where there are four or five tent platforms perched near the ridge with a steep drop to the…

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Camp Half

Camp Half Southwest Ridge (5,400 metres)

The walk to Camp Half (or advanced base camp - ABC) follows a well-worn track up a moraine ridge which curves around behind the SW ridge.  Camp Half is situated at the start of a boulder field and is just out of sight of Base Camp itself.  The highest altitude gain of the whole climb is made between Base Camp and Camp 1 (1130m) and as such Camp Half was introduced to offer some respite to the climbers in the early stages of acclimatisation.Andy Chapman (Jagged Globe)

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Base Camp

Base Camp (4,570 meters)

Ama Dablam is in the Khumbu valley in the heart of the Sherpa area of Nepal, and is considered by many to be the most famous rock-ice-snow climb in all of Asia. We will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800 meters) and then begin the seven day treck to Base Camp. This will allow plenty of time to acclimatise to the elevated altitude of the high mountains. Base Camp itself is in an idyllic spot from which the majority of the route is visible; and at an altitude of about 4,570m it will provide a comfortable escape from the rigours…

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27th November 2014

KathmanduHi. For those people who commented, no that is not ice in our beards, we are simply old! Went to a cafe in Kathmandu today where we were asked if we would like to be accompanied by a penguin, panda or tiger? That's something you don't get e....

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Goodbye to Pem,It is with very heavy hearts that we have just said goodbye to our brilliant Sirdar, Pem Sherpa. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know the leader, father, husband, provider and most of all, friend, over this past month. Pem ...

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A 5am start and a little concern that we would not make it out of Lukla, due to cloud. However, by 8:15am we were off in our little plane, down the shortest of runways literally off the side of a mountain! The last photo is last night's me...al, brou...

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Amaventure is a fundraising project based around climbing Ama Dablam; an iconic mountain in the Himalaya. In climbing Ama Dablam, Luke Jones and Paul Butcher will aim to raise money for the GEM appeal...

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We want as many schools as possible to be involved in our venture; so that they can support our fundraising and also have access to these pages. Paul is a teacher at Abbey Gate College, while Luke works as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education an...

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