All American Women’s
mAmas Dablam Expedition Successful
On November 9,
2003, two American women of the 2003 mAmas Dablam Women’s Expedition reached
the Himalayan summit of Ama Dablam (22,494 ft) in Nepal. Angela Hawse and
Ellie Pryor, already turned back several days before by extreme winds, climbed
the dramatic Southwest ridge from their Camp 2 (19,500ft) in a 10-hour
round-trip push. The nine American women, unsupported by Sherpas, were
climbing to benefit the dZi Foundation.
All but two of
the nine-member team were alumni of or guides with Chicks With Picks, a series
of ice climbing seminars that teach both climbing skills and self-reliance in
an all-women, non-competitive atmosphere, while at the same time, raise funds
to support local women’s shelters.
Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Ridgeway, Colorado, directed
by Jim Nowak and Kim Reynolds, that promotes the education, health and welfare
of indigenous mountain communities in Asia. Funds raised by mAmas Dablam
helped the dZi Foundation establish and support a residential facility that
provides safe haven, shelter, education and medical assistance for young women
in Sikkim, India.
inspired by the energy and work that Chicks With Picks and dZi Foundation do
for women,” Angela Hawse explained. “Our group came up with the plan a year
and a half ago to raise money for the dZi project in Sikkim and to pull off a
climb of one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.”
“The nature of
the trip was all about laughter and fun. Everywhere we went we sang, laughed
and reveled in the beauty of our surroundings. Raising money for the dZi
Foundation gave us a sense of pride that was much greater than reaching the
summit of the mountain,” Hawse said.
“We took a risk
and used all new gear that we had never climbed in before,” observed Hawse.
“With the support of Marmot, we were rewarded with excellent results. Their
lightweight gear makes it possible for women like us to carry all our own
loads up high.”
members included: Angela Hawse, Kathy Cosley, Anna Keeling, Neena Jain, Heidi
Wahl, Jen Grimes, Laurie Andrews, Ellie Pryor, and Julie Siemers. Other
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