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Mountain climbing is an activity that you should try at least once in your life.
By climbing mountains we can see how small we are in this universe.
Besides that, climbing mountains can also give us very valuable lessons, such as suddenly becoming a nature lover.
Mount Damavand, located near Tehran, is the highest mountain on the Middle East and whole Europe which you must try to conquer.
Some time ago, on Monday, April 11, 2021, to be exact.
We, which only consisted of two people, started climbing Mount Damavand Via Polour.
I’m the first time to climb; of course, this is very thrilling and enthusiastic, because I’ve wanted to try climbing a mountain for a long time. I accompanied an experienced climber and Mount Damavand is the 36th mountain he has climbed.
I was grateful that he wanted to take me on a hike that time. After registering at Polour Basecamp, we took a jeep from Polour to Goosfand Sara.
Around 13.00 we arrived at Goosfand Sara. The climbing track, of course, was still gentle, on either side of the journey there were many interesting plants and we encountered a spring.
During the hike the weather was a bit drizzling, considering we did this hike in the rainy season. We were advised to stay here. It was raining pretty hard, we rushed to set up the tent.
The Next day we headed towards camp 3 (Bargah Sevom).
The track to was quite long, plus it was raining and the wind was flushing our bodies. Muddy soil and rocks adorn our journey.
This is something that climbers who climb during the rainy season must watch out for, apart from the severe cold, which is being struck by lightning.
Lucky it didn’t happen to us that time. We walked with caution and care.
After four hours, we arrived at Bargah Sevom.
The conditions there were very open, it was a little difficult to set up a tent there because of the rain and strong winds plus we were already quite cold.
Finally a warm cup of coffee is enough to add energy back.
During camping at Bargah Sevom, the storm kept hitting our tent. Countless times we were forced to leave the tent to repair the tent pegs that were uprooted by strong winds. This happened until the next morning, the strong wind had not stopped.
Luckily the weather was a little sunny, we were able to enjoy the sunrise with a view of the expanse of three mountains lined up as if greeting us good morning.
After filling the stomach and enjoying the sunrise for a while, we continued our journey to the top. The estimated journey is about 6 to 8 hours to reach the true peak of Mount Damavand. Despite the rain and strong winds, we were determined to reach the top.
The condition of the road to the top was very harsh due to deep steep and sulfur emissions. A little fear enveloped me at that time, afraid of being struck by lightning or maybe being blown away by the wind.
After 3 hours of traveling, the roar of the wind from the top was heard very loudly. I can’t stop praying to be safe on this challenging climb.
4 hours passed, we finally reached the true peak by crawling. Because it was not possible to walk standing up, the wind and rain were very heavy at the top. I was almost blown away by the wind when I tried to stand up.
No view visible from the top. The fog at the summit was so thick that you could hardly see anything but a mist that resembled a thick white wall surrounding the true peak.
After taking some pictures, we decided to go down. The rain and the storm became more intense, as if it were a sign that we had to descend soon.
The journey down to Bargah Sevom only took 4 hours. We jogged a bit on the way down. For fear of the storm coming down on us. after arriving at Bargah Sevom we saw that our tent had almost collapsed in the wind.
We were lucky to still be able to survive because of the items in it.
We rushed to pack up, and then continued on our way home.
We were a little disappointed because it was hit by a storm at the top. But that’s okay, because actually climbing a mountain is not about the peak and the scenery but, because of the climbing process.
By climbing mountains we realize how small we humans are in this universe. The trip was smooth and safe until we returned to Tehran.
Memory by : Omirin binit Hasan