I did it ! My Frst 5+K Solo Summit !!!
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My dear friends!
I am tremendously happy these days! I am still under a powerful emotional impact of my climbing success. On August 8th, 2007 - on the four month "anniversary" of my legendary take-off from Chicago - I solo-ed my first 5+K summit. It was a major luck as in the middle of the rain season there is hardly any climbing opportunity unless someone enjoys summiting in thick clouds with zero visibility.
On August 3 I went to a wonderful little town Amecameca, just an hour away from Mexico city, where I got stuck for 3 days waiting for a good weather. Learning guitar, writing notes and consuming kilos of dirt-cheap mangos finally made me thirsty for some dramatic change in my environment. Next day I went up to the refuge with a very promising name Alzimoni Lodge, that would have a plastic bucket to be used for flashing toilet (indoor toilet is actually an unbelievable luxury for a refuge).
I was really lucky to get precious advice from Miguel while sitting in the middle of a storm cloud. Soon I felt like I could describe the whole route without even seeing it. It really helped early morning August 8, 2007 when, making an alpine start, I left the refuge at 4am. The thick fog and rain that enveloped us just 2 hours prior was completely gone and I could see stars shining through occasional clouds high above.
And, forgot to mention, I was the only human on the mountain that day. I am not greedy I just think it was a special gift from the Sleeping Woman...