MountEverest.net brings us the sad news that Spanish climber Guillermo Mateo has fallen to his death on Ama Dablam. Mateo had successfully summitted on January 19, and was on the descent when he fell more than 300 meters less than 35 minutes after he had reached the top. Efforts are underway to retrieve his body, which has fallen into an area that can only be reached by helicopter.
It has been a particularly deadly couple of months on Ama Dablam. You’ll recall that last Novemeber, a serac collapsed on the mountain, killing six climbers at Camp 3 at the time. The 6812m peak is located in centarl Nepal, and is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the region. With it’s challenging rock face, exposed ridges, and iced over pyramid, it is often compared to the Matterhorn, only 10,000 feet taller.
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