The 1961 "Silver Hut" expedition and first ascent of Ama Dablam:

© Barry Bishop Collection

Barry Bishop maps Mingbo Valley with a Wild theodolite

© Barry Bishop Collection

The team constructed a camp at 19,000 feet that some members thought resembled the London Subway system. They lived in it for five wintry months.

© Barry Bishop Collection

The expedition’s camp was a ground-breaking effort to sustain human activity
at an extreme altitude. “Each day at such heights, a man dies a little as
progressive deterioration and weight loss sets in,” Bishop wrote.

All Photographs Copyright Barry Bishop & The Bishop Collection

Ama Dablam 2002
BAI team:

Wally Berg,
Canmore, Alberta
Brent Bishop,
Bozeman, Montana
David Burger,
Boulder, Colorado
Garry Porter
Olalla, Washington
Ryland Gardner
Edwards, Colorado
Doug Frost
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Our objective:

22,494 feet
6857 meters

First Ascent:

March 13, 1961
Barry Bishop
Wally Ramanes
Mike Gill
Mike Ward