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George Bell

Trad climber
Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 14, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
I am trying to identify these mountains. This photograph was taken in 1955 by my father, George Bell. The label on the negative is "Peaks near Ama Dablam". This is a huge hint, but I still have not been able to identify these peaks. Does anyone know for sure?

-George Bell Jr.

Peaks near Ama Dablam
Peaks near Ama Dablam
Credit: George Bell
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 14, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
It's been 11 minutes; I'm disappointed.
I say it is Alpamayito.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol
Feb 14, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Fluting looks more like the Andes than Himalayan
sharperblue

Mountain climber
oakland, california
Feb 14, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
def not the Blanca or Huayhuash. looks like Thamersku from the SE
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Feb 14, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
yea, sure looks like Andes to me....
michael feldman

Mountain climber
millburn, nj
Feb 14, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Having climbed Alpamayo, it sure looks like it from the upper part. However, the glaciated lower portion does not look familiar. The ridge on Alpamayo is also totally different (shorter). The nail in the Alpamayo coffin is that it is nowhere near Ama Dablam - about a world away. Pretty nonetheless!
George Bell

Trad climber
Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
I always assumed it was Peru, too. The label is on an envelope, and it is possible the negative was placed in the wrong envelope. It is likely to be a rather obscure peak. It is not Alpamayo.

Also, since it was taken more than 50 years ago the glacier may have changed significantly from this photo.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Feb 14, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Google sharperblue's Thamersku, could be......
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 14, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
Putting my money on Baruntse
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Baruntse_wp.jpg

The main summit would be off to the right out of Bell's photo.
sharperblue

Mountain climber
oakland, california
Feb 14, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
if you haven't already, d/l Google Earth and search for 'Thamersku' and 'Ama Dablam' and futz around for a bit; you'll be able to find the mountain for sure with a bit of searching. Then attaching a name to it shouldn't be that much harder
wbw

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Feb 14, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
The Peruvian style flutings suggest Chacaraju. Summit ridge looks similar too. Although, with glacial melting it is a lot rockier now than that picture shows.

Definitely not Alpamayo. I wonder if that itty bitty peak in the background, left of the main peak in the picture could be Artesonraju. If said peak is Chacaraju, Arteson would be in that approximate location, me thinks.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 14, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
The mtn. in question must have a name. Every thing has its name.

I can't go with the Ama Dablam, whole Asian thing. The photo is simply too reminiscent of the Sierra Blanca; as has been said, it could be. The flutings are so distinctive of the Andes in general.

The face in the photo must be a north face in the southern hemissphere it this is in southern South America, that is, below the equator. If that is the case, then the photo must have been shot from the east of the peak(s) in the photo.

Eric Shipton would suggest going and looking for yourself. But that's just Shipton. And an armchair suggestion, so forget it.

The name(s) will turn up, there can be no doubt.

edit: My bad. They are not the Sierra Blanca: it's Cordillera Blanca.

sharperblue

Mountain climber
oakland, california
Feb 14, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
with respect, Mouse, that ain't Peru, or anywhere in SA. That's Nepal for sure, which - along with enormous swathes of Tibet - is decked in plenty of huge Andes-esque flutings on 6500-7000m peaks

That looks like Ama Dablam's summit poking through in the far background btw the notch in the summit of the peak in question. the distinctive slope before the notch is what gives Thamersku it's sig, with the much higher Dablam to the North, which is why I thunked this might be Thamersku. Not so sure now. Again, GEarth knows; keep looking
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 14, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Flute Thing from 1967, about when the photo might have been shot. With respect, some of you probably liked this back in that year and following.
Flute Thing by the Blues Proj.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rlmK1IFAc8
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 14, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
Lembert Dome?
wbw

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Feb 14, 2013 - 03:45pm PT
def not the Blanca or Huayhuash. looks like Thamersku from the SE

What in the picture makes you so sure?
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Feb 14, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
call it Mt. George Bell - it's appropriate.


geo_nutt

Trad climber
the big bang
Feb 14, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
I would sort of agree with Baruntse, I think it is actually the peak/ridge between the two... Don't know the name. If you turn around and look the other direction you will be facing the very tall face of lohtse. I got some pictures that look very similar I'll see if I can't dig them up and post them.
George Bell

Trad climber
Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Thanks for all the help! I am doing a lot of google image searches. One peak between Ama Dablam and Baruntse is called "Amphu Laptsa Peak" (named after the pass), which has several summits.

Alpinist X has a mt. profile story on Ama Dablam. I'm going to look at all the photos in it tonight ...
George Bell

Trad climber
Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Using Google Earth, I have found it! Check out the attached Google Earth images! The highest peak in the center of my dad's photo has a distinctive triangular buttress and a summit snow cap. These features can also be identified in the Google Earth screen shots.

This peak is immediately S of Ama Dablam. I don't know if it has a name yet. If you follow the ridge to the right out of the picture, it looks like a higher summit is reached ...

Same peak!
Same peak!
Credit: George Bell

Same Peak
Same Peak
Credit: George Bell
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