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Asia, Nepal, Ama Dablam Solo

Ama Dablam Solo. After the Tawoche climb with Roskelley and Bridwell was given up, our Japanese American Alpine Club member, Naoe Sakashita, headed alone for Ama Dablam’s south ridge. After reconnaissance, on April 30 he bivouacked at 5700 meters. Making use of the American expedition’s fixed ropes and fixing some of his own and with a minimum of bivouac gear, he continued. On May 2 he made a cold bivouac at 6100 meters, having climbed that day as high as 6300 meters. On May 3 he found steep, rotten ice near the top of the ice wall at 6400 meters but reached the summit at 2:20 P.M. After another bivouac at 6100 meters, he descended safely to complete the second solo ascent of Ama Dablam.