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Postby Alan Arnette » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:23 pm

I have some pictures on my site http://tinyurl.com/ybw39l7 when we climbed it in 2000. I would put the Tower around 5.4 depending on conditions but some rate it higher.
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Postby rdesota » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:49 pm

IMG has sone great shots of the route on their website - mountainguides.com. I thought the yelllow tower went 5.8 free, the grey - I'd say lower, but you'll probably wearing crampons. There are fixed lines everywhere. The part of the route out of Camp 3 changes from year to year. A year or two ago it was scary hard ice - again I think IMG has a photo or two of it on their site. When I went it was very nice firm snow.
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Postby SophiaClimbs » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:30 am

The mountain has been changing a lot lately but I'd think it's still a fairly straightforward climb to do unsupported for a competent, experienced climber with some time. The climbing is easy - 5.6 maybe? The only issue I can think of is C2. It's small and crowded and the sherpas talk to each other so they can throw down tents for their expeditions just as others are clearing out. Some of the smaller teams skip C2 but you have to be able to move pretty fast to do that so it's up to you and your pace. I've also saw climbers just get friendly with one of the expeditions and crash in one of their tents.

I always like the photos/descriptions on Cosley Houston although they are not recent.
http://www.cosleyhouston.com/amadablam.htm
http://www.cosleyhouston.com/recent/02- ... dablam.htm
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Postby radson » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:40 am

SophiaClimbs wrote:The mountain has been changing a lot lately but I'd think it's still a fairly straightforward climb to do unsupported for a competent, experienced climber with some time. The climbing is easy - 5.6 maybe? The only issue I can think of is C2. It's small and crowded and the sherpas talk to each other so they can throw down tents for their expeditions just as others are clearing out. Some of the smaller teams skip C2 but you have to be able to move pretty fast to do that so it's up to you and your pace. I've also saw climbers just get friendly with one of the expeditions and crash in one of their tents.

I always like the photos/descriptions on Cosley Houston although they are not recent.
http://www.cosleyhouston.com/amadablam.htm
http://www.cosleyhouston.com/recent/02- ... dablam.htm


Hey Sophia...CosleyHouston IMO have consistently the best mountaineering pics on the internet.
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Postby SophiaClimbs » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:53 am

radson wrote:Hey Sophia...CosleyHouston IMO have consistently the best mountaineering pics on the internet.

Yeah, I always thought it would be fun to do a trip with them if felt like throwing some cash around. I probably would have considered them for Ama Dablam, actually, if I hadn't decided to do the supported/unguided thing. Maybe when I'm a chubby corporate executive with little time and lots of money, I'll look them up again. Ha! :lol: (I doubt that.)
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