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Ama Dablam Videos

My complied edited Ama Dablam video – My hardest climb and proudest moment on a mountain

– The 1st successful ascent of Ama Dablam by an All – Singaporean expediiton team. 4 climbers, 6 Sherpas, 100% sucess! Summit day – 12th Nov 2011. Exciting video indeed. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/CkP4Q3sbIDM – HD quality

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUUeYY3TFIY – Low quality

 Ama Dablam 1 – Walking over a bridge from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

–  Looking back, it was even scary walking over these suspension bridges that link most parts of the lower Khumbu region. Winds swaying it and the weight of the travellers bobbing it up and down with the wild white river beneath your feet.

Ama Dablam 2 – Transport cattle over the bridge with Vandals along the way

– Did you know that a cross breed in a cow and a yak will result in something called a ‘Dzo’ which looks like this. Apparently, there is some superiority in weight carrying capacity if the cross is done with a male yak and a cow vs a female yak and a bull (or vise versa, I can’t remember). Interesting. And no wonder all the bridges collapse one day, its due to vandals like the boy on the right.

Ama Dablam 3 – 1st View of Everest and Ama Dablam on our way to Pangboche from Namche

Ama Dablam 4 – 1st rotation to High Camp

– All excited to reach high camp. All of us were wondering how we were going to go from BC all the way to C1 in 1 day when the hike from BC to HC took us abt 5 H.

Ama Dablam 5 – 1st rotation to C1 from HC

– I never knew that tents could be pitched in nearly all positions in all sorts of funny angles with just loose rocks to support them. Well, that’s exactly the tents we had to stay in at C1. There is no space on AD, so which ever flat ground we saw, we had to use it.

Ama Dablam 6 – Beautiful view of BC in the late evening

– It was late and yet the moon lit up the whole of base camp and we could see AD with the clouds and wind against it with the moon in the background. Very beautiful.

Ama Dablam 7 – Helicopter rescue at BC

– The great thing about AD BC is that the whole area is flat and that facilitates easy landing of choppers. We were woken up that morning by the loud sounds of the chopper blades coming in for Heli evacuating one of the climbers.

Ama Dablam 8 – The real climb beings! From C1 to C2

– Mixed climbing all the way from C1 to C2 with mostly hard snow and rock. There wasn’t a segment of flat ground wider than your shoulder width all the way to C2 (which wasn’t much better either).

Ama Dablam 9 – Jamling: “The route is more difficult than last year’s”

– Knife like ridges that will just put you on the edge literally. Walking on ridges with sheer drop on either sides made out of hard ice with no crampons. Really takes a lot of guts to do this.

Ama Dablam 10 – The infamous yellow tower – The crux of the climb

– 10++metres of 90deg sheer vertical rock face is all that stood between us and C2 but clearing this part of the climb proved harder than all the other segments on hind sight. If it were just a rock climbing route, it would easily be a 6b+ – 6C+. Hand holds and foot holds were craps and jummars were what we under experienced climbers had to reply on heavily.

Ama Dablam 11 – C2 to C3 jummaring up another steep ridge – finally with crampons this time

– I really don’t know how I managed to film this while jummaring and front pointing up the slope from C2-C3. Luckily I didn’t loose balance and fall off the ridge.

Ama Dablam 12 – Climbing past Camp 2.9 as the climbers call it

– Commentary from Jamling. I really don’t know why climbers don’t climb another 15-30mins to C3 and instead choose to set up camp 2.9 in a precarious place.

Ama Dablam 13 – No more energy before C3

– That short segment where we could already see the tents from C3 took me another 10mins ++  although it looks so short in the video.

Ama Dablam 14 – Camp 3 finally

– How much all of us relished the relatively flat ground that was abundant on C3. Super tired after a 7H climb here.

Ama Dablam 15 – VIEW FROM SUMMIT!!

– Self-explanatory with the majestic surrounding ranges of the Himalaya all around us. Of course this includes the famous pyramid shaped Everest from the top of AD which was ever so prominent. And I was so tired that I said 12th Nov 2001 instead of the actual date which was 12 Nov 2011. Haha.

Ama Dablam 16 – Coming down from the summit

– Rappelling down from the summit of AD on 60-70 degree ice, rock and snow slopes. The winds were crazy all the way up the mountain as well as coming down.

Ama Dablam 17 – Rappelling down the yellow tower

– Going down was so much easier and faster than coming up. In the video, you can also see the multiple array of various ropes that decorated the path all the way from C1 – C2. One would never know which one was stable enough to use safely. Imagine jummaring up what you thought was a good rope just to find that it was totally frayed up on the top towards its anchor. Horrifying feeling!

Ama Dablam 18 – Jamling rescuing my fallen ATC

– After trying to get me down asap and fumbling with my ATC and dropping it several feet below into what looked like oblivion, Jamling actually made a temporary anchor on the fragile ropes and rappelled down to get it. Can’t believe this amazing guy!

Ama Dablam 19 – Propeller plane taking off from Lukla airport from the short runway

– It takes skills and guts to do this man.

 

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