Climbing Ama Dablam

Vlad Moroz atop Ama Dablam

Vlad Moroz atop Ama Dablam

On October 20th, 2014 the members of the Zamberlan Expedition summited Ama Dablam in Nepal, via the classic southwest route. The expedition was undertaken to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Zamberlan Outdoor company, makers of fine mountaineering boots.

Ama Dablam has been called the Matterhorn of the Himalaya; it’s sharp profile is undeniably similar, although it’s elevation is significantly higher; 6856m versus 4478m. The name comes from the hanging glacier on the southwest face of the peak that resembles a jewel hanging off the neck of the peak. The peak dominates the view from Dengboche along the trekker’s trail to the Everest Base Camp.
 

The Himalayan landscape. Ama Dablam on the right. Photo by Denn Ukoloff.

The Himalayan landscape. Ama Dablam on the left. Photo by Denn Ukoloff.


Vlad Moroz on Ama Dablam.

Vlad Moroz on Ama Dablam.

The standard route follows the South-West ridge, the same route established during the 1961 first ascent by Ward (UK), Bishop (USA), and Gill (NZ). It is sustained steep, with a good mix of rock, snow, and ice sections requiring reasonable climbing skills and precautions to objective hazards. Despite stormy spells and the dangers associated with high altitude mountaineering the team managed to summit one of the most beautiful peaks in the world.
 
Ama Dablam at Sunset.  Photo by Oscar Ramos.

Ama Dablam at Sunset. Photo by Oscar Ramos.


Post summit group shot.

Post summit group shot.

Members of the expedition team included Marco Zamberlan, Vlad Moroz (Director of Red Fox), Vasily Voloshin (VP Sales at Red Fox), Caio Pellizzari, Michele Barbiero, and Stelvio Frigo. The expedition bid began October 3rd, with members reaching the summit October 20th.
 
Ama Dablam's SW Face

Ama Dablam’s SW Face

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