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 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.
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.