Here are three videos, all taken by Derek on the ascent of Ojos del Salado. The latter two show my slow, stumbling arrival at the summit. Boy was I relieved to get there!
The first shows the extreme aridity of the area where were climbing. That said a glimpse of Laguna Verde can be seen in the distance from around the 30sec point in that video. Laguna Verde was where we waited out most of the time for the weather window to make this climb.
We ended up being extremely lucky with the weather on the day of our climb. The air was almost still if a little bracing at -10C on the summit but the solar radiation made it feel a bit warmer.
I doubt that I will ever reach a higher point on the Earth’s surface now, so these videos bring back happy memories though do not quite expunge the hardships endured in achieving the summit. Nor should they – a reminder that things you want to achieve should never be made too easy!
Thanks to Derek for the videos.