Report by Pat Falvey Expedition Leader.
This is one of the greatest achievements for Irish Female mountaineers ever on one of the most beautiful mountains in the world Ama-Dablam, it’s summit stands at 6856 meters ( 22830 feet).
Eric Shipton Everest expedition leader, while training for the first Everest ascent in the 50’s said Ama-Dablam was un-climbable and since then it has fuelled the imaginations of climbers from all over the world.
After 21 days of climbing in the Himalaya, Cork woman Dr. Clare O Leary, Sherpa Unchung and Nima Sherpa have reach the summit of Ama-Dablam.
Clare commented “this is the most beautiful and technical summit I have reached in my climbing career, it was a difficult climb having to weather snow storms, high winds and cold temperatures, but now that we’ve summited I’m relieved to be on my way down and heading home safe.”
Pat Falvey expedition Leader and explorer said of Clare that “she is one of the best adventurers to have come from Ireland, In the last year she has completed the 7 summits challenge with me”.
(To climb the highest point on each of the seven continents of the world to become the only Irish female to have done so and the 15th in the world. She is also the 1st Irish female to have climbed Mount Everest on the 18 May 2004.)
“I’m delighted to see she is pushing new frontiers and look forward to her next adventures into the Antarctic as part of the Irish Beyond Endurance Expedition on the 6th November 2006"