Nevado Sajama Summit, Bolivia

Tom and I reached the summit of Nevado Sajama a few hours after the sun rose on June 26th. Sajama was by far the highest, coldest, and windiest place I have ever been. I have no idea how cold it was during the climb, but suffice to say that Tom put a nalgene water bottle under two thick jackets before heading out for the summit, and by the time we reached the top of the peak it was frozen. Additionally, I developed a slight case of frostnip on one of my fingers during the descent-- for the following month it acted as a constant reminder of our human vulnerability.

Photo Credit: Eduardo Mamani

21,463 feet above sea level

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Noondueler

Noondueler - Sep 24, 2009 12:53 am - Voted 10/10

Looks like a

huge summit plateau!

BLong

BLong - Sep 24, 2009 3:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Looks like a

Yeah. The summit was pretty anti-climactic.

In fact, the summit is such a huge plateau that a big football match was played on top. Here is the article:

http://www.geocities.com/zubietaippa/sajamasoccer.html

Noondueler

Noondueler - Sep 24, 2009 9:36 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Looks like a

That's outrageous! Before I check out the link I would imagine the altitude played into the game considerably.

gimpilator

gimpilator - Sep 25, 2009 1:17 pm - Voted 10/10

Congratulations!

This is an awesome accomplishment.

PAROFES

PAROFES - May 13, 2010 7:58 am - Voted 10/10

The great

Sajama. I was gonna try Sajama and Parinacota last march but i got robbed in Mendoza and my expedition ended before scheduled.....
That is by far the coldest south american mountain, it can get to -30°C!
Great shot and weather!
Cheers

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