Vitaliy M. wrote:Do not do it guided. Pick a goal you and your partner can work up to without someone telling you when and what to do. You are a grown up. Competent mountaineer should be able to make own decisions.
michellen wrote:I am curious to hear what they say, so please share it here when you've had a chance to talk to them. I am also curious, if you don't mind my asking, what guides you'd consider climbing Ama Dablam with. Thanks. Thanks, too, for bringing back the recent memory of going up Heartbreak Hill tired, hot and thirsty
stinkydog wrote:In my very humble opinion (with no experience on any of those 5 peaks), I'd say make the expedition itself your goal, rather than each summit. Because they're all pretty exotic areas of the world. Take some extra time to trek and explore. You can be the most in-shape stoked, well-equipped, and skilled mofo in the world, but there's a good chance you'll have a run of crappy weather during the allocated timespan you've been planning for years in advance. If you don't reach the summit due to whatever factor - no big deal, you'll still have a really cool experience to remember and share.
Damien Gildea wrote:Ama Dablam? Hopefully radson can jump in and give you first-hand comparisons with Denali etc. It seems to be jumaring fixed ropes over all the rock, so not sure how much actual 'climbing' is involved. Note the ropes are there in Oct-Nov-early Dec, not in April-May when the rock is more likely to be covered in snow. Despite the ropes and crowds, it's a natural line up a stunning peak. Relatively safe and accessible, as far as Himalayan peaks go, so possibly a good one to squeeze into a month later when you have kids.
I've been on G1, not G2, though they share the route up to C1. G2 has had a few changes over the years and can be a tough climb, even when mostly fixed. Big Himalayan peaks are quite a different story to Denali, Vinson etc as they really require a decent spell of good weather, which is rare, especially up the Baltoro, and to have enough teams on the mountain to do the work necessary for most of us mortals to climb them. You have the 3rd world travel, hassle and sickness issues, longer timeframe, and even more will-sapping altitude and conditions. Very few guide companies have success on G2, despite its reputation, and so nowadays very few companies go. Manaslu is easier, though more dangerous. Not sure how justifiable any of those peaks are for a family man, opinions vary.
Fletch wrote: the Mrs is seriously talking kids now. Need to get a plan.
Please help me out with what I should do next...
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