Photographer's Note

I have trekked in the region twice before and I had always been awe struck by Ama Dablam's beauty and silent power, never believing that one day I would try and climb it. In fact I thought it looked impossibly difficult and dangerous and I have spent many moments staring up at it's vertical ice faces and huge hanging glaciers.

This time, then, as we trekked around the Khumbu in preparation for our attempt on the peak we all became a little more obsessed with our quarry. It is a real mountain's mountain. From all angles it rises up into a triangular point just like your imagination tells you a real mountain should.

As you see it for the first time two days walk from the start of the trek, and even though you can see the top of Everest too, it is Ama Dablam that grabs your attention. Standing alone and proud.

As we headed up the Imja valley towards the first mountain we were to climb, Island Peak (6189m), Ama Dablam is always there showing you it's impossible steepness and knife edged ridges of pure white granite.

During the ascent of Island Peak Ama Dablam was still the most prominent peak to be seen even when we stood on the summit at a height of over 20000ft, it was still the mountain that captured your imagination.

Perhaps this is why, then, that Ama Dablam is such a coveted and beguiling peak, the summit a much prized goal of all prospective and actual Himalayan mountaineers. And why each thought and dream, day and night, I had was of the climb ahead.

This shot was taken in Chukkung (4440m) on the way to Island Peak Base Camp as I spent another few moments quietly on my own contemplating what it might be like to stand on top of it's lofty summit.

Maybe this note will help you understand my obsession with mountains and what drives me to be a mountaineer!

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