21-Yr.-Old Climbs Ama Dablam Solo

GearJunkie reader Jost Kobusch, a 21-year-old from Germany, climbed the iconic Ama Dablam in Nepal this spring. He ascended solo and with no oxygen on the 22,493-foot peak. This video is a thorough point-of-view look at the whole adventure, from Katmandu, the flight to Lukla, the trek, and to the iconic summit in the Khumbu of Nepal. Congrats to Kobusch. Good job young man! —Stephen Regenold

An aside: The video has some wild 360-degree shots. We asked how he captured these solo (no one filming him). “I used a self-built tool, which is fixed on the helmet, and I balanced it with a counterweight on the other side of a 3-meter telescope pole.” Great idea!

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.