GEC Mount Damavand Climb 2010

GEC Mount Damavand Climb 2010

(Altitude : 5,610 m / 18,410 ft)

 

 

44927823

 

 

Mount Damāvand, a potentially active volcano, is a stratovolcano which is the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East as well as the highest volcano in Asia. It has a special place in Persian mythology and folklore. This peak is located in the middle of the Alborz range, adjacent to Varārū, Sesang, Gol-e Zard and Mīānrūd. The mountain is located near the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, in Amol County, Mazandaran Province, 66 kilometres (41 miles) northeast of the city of Tehran.

Mount Damāvand is the 12th most prominent peak in the world, and the second most prominent in Asia after Mount Everest. It is the highest volcanic mountain in Asia, and part of the Volcanic Seven Summits mountaineering challenge.

Mount Damavand is tough mountain to climb due to sudden weather change and Sulfuric gas near the summit crater. Many have died due to lack of mountaineering knowledge and technical knowledge. In 2010, my Mount Damavand Solo Climb was a tough one as the weather changed in just hours and it was struggle for 2 days. It started on a fine day with clear sky.

 

img_9908

 

 

Visiting the Iranian Mountaineering Federation for briefing and Permit during off season. There was no other climbers registered for the day.

 

img_9948

 

 

Manage to get transport from the small town and move to the trail head near a mosque. There I notice another 3 more local climbers from Tehren also planning a 2 day climb to the summit. The weather was still good and all of us started to move to the first shelter.

 

img_0038

They help me with the photograph and we manage to introduce ourselves and start to build an understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we move higher, the wind started to blow harder and the clouds came in quick. We reached the shelter early and avoided the snow storm and strong wind.

 

img_0092

 

Early morning we start our summit push and there was no wind and it was a fine day. Slowly we could smell the sulphuric gas emitted near the summit and start to cover our face and mouth.

 

img_0243

 

At 10am, the weather started to change and become worst and heart snow storm and strong wind. Only one Iranian climber decided to continue and follow me and the remaining two had to turn back due to cold and frostbite. We continue and the I was leading. The visibility was bad and we rely on short visibility and markers.

 

 

 

img_1543-2

 

We reach the summit and rush down and reach down to the Shelter at 3pm. After gathering our belongings, we descend down together and they gave a lift to Tehren and drop me near the apartment sponsored by my sponsors from Mashed.

 

img_0115

 

Thank you to all my sponsors from Iran who made my dream come true. We exchange our National Flags and take another Friendship Picture at the Shelter. Photograph taken by the Iranian Climber’s friend who was waiting at the shelter for our return from the summit. Mount Damavand is tough mountain due to the weather pattern.

Thermal Hot Spring

They were so kind and take me to the nearest Mineral hot springs that are mainly located on the volcano’s flanks and at the base, giving evidence of volcanic heat comparatively near the surface of the earth. While no historic eruptions have been recorded, hot springs at the base and on the flanks, and fumaroles and solfatara near the summit, indicate a hot or cooling magma body still present beneath the volcano.

The most important of these hot springs are located in Abe Garm Larijan in a village by the name Larijan in the district of Larijan in Lar Valley. The water from this spring is useful in the treatment of chronic wounds and skin diseases. Near these springs there are public baths with small pools for public use.