Jaime Viñals - Mt Damavand
On 14 April 2010 Jaime Vinals conquered Mt. Damavand Iran, this 5671 meters volcano is the highest summit in the Alborz Mountain Range and the highest peak in the Middle East. Jaime reached the 27th of his total 50 peak targets in 50 most prominence summits of the world list which he wants to climb to set a new word record.

In this expedition, he was supported by Mount Damavand Guide team, Ardeshir Soltani, Majid Droodgar and Hadi Aghaei which they were proud to assist the great Guatemalan mountaineer and take part in his programme.

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Majid Droodgar, Jaime Vinals and Ardeshir Soltani
14 April 2010, Mt. Damavand, Photo by Hadi Aghaei

Day 1 - Arrival Day - 11 April 2010
From Frankfurt Germany To Tehran IKA Airport, transport by car directly to Camp1 Polour altitude 2270 m for acclimatization, over night at Camp1 Polour Hut.

Day 2 - Starting Day - 12 April 2010
Transport by car to Camp 2 - Base and by trekking to Camp 3, it was relatively a good day for trekking to the 3rd camp, over night at Camp3 New Hut.

Day 3 - Reserved Day - 13 April 2010
The weather was very bad, strong wind, freezing temprature and fog, due to inclement weather, team stayed at camp3 New Hut.

Before start, Jaime said people in Guatemalan believe that the day 13 on Tuesday is not a good day for any kind of activity (and it is a infelicitous , inauspicious day) ! I think he was quite right for the Tuesday 13 April 2010 in which the weather was extremely bad and I could only come out of the hut to take few pictures only !

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Mount Damavand Camp 3 shelter/refuge
Tuesday 13 April 2010, very bad weather
Photo by A. Soltani

Day 4 - Summit day
Climbing started at 7.15 AM, to the Mt Damavand summit at 4.15 PM and then return back to camp3 at 8 PM, over nigh at Camp3 New Hut. It was not an easy day too.

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Jaime Vinals at Mt. Damavand Camp3 New Hut
14 April 2010, Just before the kick off !
Photo by A. Soltani

Day 5 - Return day - 15 April 2010
Descend down to camp2, drive to Camp1. Transport to Tehran Hotel.

Days 6, 7, 8, 9
Tehran and Return day. Unfortunately due to volcanic activity in Iceland and ash cloud over Europe his flight to Germany was cancelled and he was not able to go ahead as planed and he had to stay few more day in Iran to find alternate routes outside Europe to his country.

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Jaime Vinals, Majid Droodgar and Hadi Aghaei
14 April 2010, on the way to the Damavand Summit
Photo by Ardeshir Soltani

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