Jaime Vinals Climbed Mt Damavand Iran

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Jaime Vinals Climbed Mt Damavand On 14 April 2010

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 which they were proud to assist the great Guatemalan mountaineer and take part in his program.

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

Itinerary

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 go out of the hut to take few pictures only!

Damavand Mountain
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.
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.

Damavand Mountain
14 April 2010, on the way to the Damavand Summit
Photo by Ardeshir Soltani

Jaime Viñals

Jaime Viñals is attempting to set a new record in the world, he wants to be the first man in the history to reach the summit of the 50 most prominent mountains in the world. After the Damavand Volcano, Viñals plans to climb in May, the Fairweather Mountains, Alaska, and Rainier, Seattle, USA to beat his main rival. The dream is to become the first ever to climb the 50 highest peaks in the world and already done 27 of those successfully.

In almost twenty years of mountaineering around the world, Jaime Viñals, 49, the Guatemalan and Central American mountaineer has climbed to the top of more than 300 summits in 42 countries, summits at the Alps, Andes, Atlas, mounts of Iceland, Polar Circle, Antartica, Africa, Australasia, Asia, Himalaya, Everest, Aconcagua, McKinley, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, and Damavand Mountain, the highest in America, the Arctic, Africa, Europe and Middle East.

Jaime reached the summit of Mt. Everest on 23 May 2001 after two previous unsuccessful attempts, he is the first man from Guatemala, Caribbean Region and Central American who achieved Mt Everest and is the only one of its region to climb the Seven Summits of the World.
Congratulations to Jaime and wishing him more success for the rest of his programme.

Seven Summits by Jaime Viñals

ACONCAGUA
Route: Normal, Summit day: 17 Jan 1995, climbed with:
Raymundo Arciniega from Mexico, German Figueroa from Mexico, Rodrigo Velazquez from Mexico, Carlos Martínez from Mexico, Eduardo Cuervo from Mexico, Alejandra Martinez from Mexico.

DENALI
Route: West Buttress, Summit Day: 8 July 1995, summit team:
Marty Schmidt from U.S.A. (leader), Dr. David Berke from U.S.A., John Harmon from U.S.A., Dr. John Heine from U.S.A., Dr. Marco Pavesi from U.S.A., Erika Heine from U.S.A.

KILIMANJARO
Route: Umbwe, Summit Day: 15 Nov 1997, climbed with:
Alex Tarimo from Tanzania, Simon Miui from Tanzania, Nuru Sabik from Tanzania.

ELBRUS
Route: Southeast (Normal), Summit Day: 20 July 1998, with:
Tim Lovelace from U.S.A., Abu Vyalnekova from Russia, Leo Rub from U.S.A., Lena Belestkaya from Russia.

CARSTENSZ PYRAMID
Route: North Face and then West Ridge, Summit Day: 26 Oct 1999, summit team:
Leszek Cichy from Poland, Ana Czerwinska from Poland, Krzysztof Gardyna from Poland, Barbara Batro from Poland, Rudy Nurcahyo from Indonesia, Harry Kikstra from Holland, Mark Gunlogson from U.S.A., Alison Levine from U.S.A., Jose Mijares from Spain, Joe Wolfgruber from U.S.A.

KOSCIUSKO
Route: South side from Thredbo, Summit Day: 12 Oct 1999, climbed with:
Nelson Espinoza from Australia.

VINSON MASSIF
Route: Branscomb glacier, Summit Day: 9 Dec 2000, summit team:
Joby Ogwyn from USA., Alex Harris from South Africa, Gilad Stern from South Africa.

EVEREST
Route: North Col, Summit Day: 23 May 2001, climbed with:
Andy Lapkass from U.S.A., Asmus Norreslet from Denmark, was member of Russell Brice's expedition.

Sunrise Mt Damavand, View From Tehran
Sunrise Mt Damavand, View From Tehran
Photo by Ardeshir Soltani

Achieved Summits

27 of the 50 most prominent mountains in the world by Jaime Viñals Until 14 April 2010

1- Mount Everest (Tíbet-Nepal), Elevation 8,848 m (29,029 ft)
2- Mount Aconcagua (Argentina), Altitude 6,962 m (22,841 ft)
3- Mt Elbrus (Rusia), Elevation 5,642 m (18,510 ft)
4- Mt McKinley o Denali (Alaska, USA), 6,193.5 m (20,320 ft)
5- Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Elevation 5,893 metres (19,334 ft)
6- Mt. Macizo Vinson (Antártida), Elevation 4,892 metres (16,050 ft)
7- Mt. Carstensz, Puncak Jaya (Indonesia), 4,884 m (16,024 ft)
8- Pico de Orizaba Volcano (México), Elevation 5,636 m (18,491 ft)
9- Mont Blanc (Francia-Italia), Elevation 4,810 m (15,781 ft)
10- Chimborazo Volcán (Ecuador), Elevation 6,268.2 m (20,565 ft)
11- Kinabalu Mount (Malasia), Elevation 4,095 m (13,435 ft)
12- Tajumulco Volcano (Guatemala), Elevation 4,220 m (13,845 ft)
13- Mt Pico Bolívar (Venezuela), Elevation 4,981 m (16,342 ft)
14- Mt Kerinci (Indonesia), Elevation 3,805 m (12,484 ft)
15- Fuji Mount (Japón), Elevation 3,776 m (12,388 ft)
16- Jebel Toubkal Mount (Marruecos), Elevation 4,167 m (13,671 ft)
17- Cerro Chirripó Grande Mt (Costa Rica), 3,820 m (12,533 ft)
18- Nevado Ojos del Salado Volcan (Chile), 6,893 m (22,615 ft)
19- Mt. Gunnbjörns Fjeld (Groenlandia), 3,694 m (12,119 ft)
20- Mount Ararat (Turkey), Elevation 5,137 m (16,854 ft)
21- Pico Teide or Pico del Teide (Spain), 3,718 metres (12,198 ft)
22- Monte Ritacuba Blanco (Colombia), Elevation 5,410 m (17,749 ft)
23- Volcán Mauna Kea (Hawaii, USA), 4,207.2 m (13,803 ft)
24- Semeru Volcano (Indonesia), Elevation 3,676 m (12,060 ft)
25- Rinjani Volcano (Indonesia), Elevation 3,726 m (12,224 ft)
26- Monte Yushan (Taiwán), Elevation 3,952 m (12,966 ft)
27- Mt Damavand (Iran), 5,671 m (18,605 ft) 14 April 2010

Seven Largest Islands in the World

In 2002, Viñals started an attempt to climb the highest peak of the seven largest islands in the world.
Island Mountain Name Altitude
1- Greenland Gunnbjørn Fjeld 3693 m
2- New Guinea Wilhelm 4509 m
3- Borneo Kinabalu 4101 m
4- Madagascar Maromokotro 2876 m
5- Baffin Island Tête Blanche 2156 m
6- Sumatra Kerinci 3800 m
7- Honshū Fuji 3776 m

Quick Biography

Jaime Viñals Massanet a Guatemalan mountaineer, was born in Guatemala City on 17 Nov 1966, he studied biology at the University of San Carlos. He started climbing in 1987, at the aged of 26. Since then, he has climbed over 300 mountains in 42 countries. Viñals had climbed the summit of the Mt Everest on 23 May 2001.

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