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Michael Groom is a Professional Speaker and mountain climber and is unquestionably one of the world’s greatest'big mountain climbers.
In 1995 he became the fourth person in the world to climb the four highest mountains without the assistance of bottled oxygen and in 1999 he successfully climbed Makalu, the smallest but for Michael, the last of the 'big five' - the five highest mountains in the world. Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, K2 and Everest - Michael climbed them all without the assistance of bottled oxygen, and all but Kangchenjunga he climbed without the front third of both feet.
Michael shares his wealth of knowledge and first hand experiences as a Motivational Speaker. Michael has assisted soldiers going off to war, supported athletes struggling to come back from serious injury and with his powerful story of human endurance he has advised professional people how to get closer to the truth of "no pain no gain".
He is also available to speak to any group who would like to hear his amazing story.
Ama Dablam is often referred to as the Matterhorn of the Himalayas and stands as a proud sentinel to Everest further up the valley. Its perfectly shaped summit draws the attention all mountaineers and trekkers who walk beneath its base.
To the uninitiated it would appear to be impossible to climb but to mountaineers its asking to be climbed.
Ama Dablam means in the local language Mother and her Necklace and was first climbed in 1961 as part of a scientific expedition lead by Sir Edmund Hillary to study the effects of living at high altitude for long periods of time.
Researchers lived for six months at the base of Ama Dablam at 5800m and in the process climbed Ama Dablam via its South West Ridge on the 13th March 1961.
It remains the third most popular expedition peak in Nepal.