Reaching the Summit

 

I MADE IT.

Yesterday when I went to bed I was hoping that I would get some sleep, but I could not sleep even for a minute. In fact, I was getting restless because I was short of breath. So after twisting and turning for the entire night, I had made a decision that I'm not going to attempt the summit, I would want to go back from Camp Three.

Jan. 7, 2018, on the summit of Mt. Aconcagua

Nanika woke me up at 2:30 am as per his plan, I called him right away into my office and I told him that I need a ride back to Mendoza city. I said I do not want to do the summit because I'm not feeling well, I cannot put my life in jeopardy, there are many people who are depending on me, etc.

He said it's okay not to be able to sleep or have concerns, but I should give it a try. Because Nanika had worked so hard with me for the last 10 - 15 days, out of respect I said "okay, sure Nanika, I will give it a try, but I definitely need a ride home tonight whenever we return from the mountain".

So I did not start climbing with the intention that I would do the summit. I started climbing thinking that whenever Nanika said "Girish, you can't do anymore", I will turn back. However, he stripped down the summit attempt into three separate sections. First one was Independencia (6,380m) the other one was La Cueva (6,650m), and the third one was The Canaleta. He said "Girish, do one section at a time and we'll see how you're feeling after each section".

So we started around 4:00 - 4:30 in the morning. When we got out, people were already walking up and it was so dark you couldn't see anything. How do I know there are so many people? They were all wearing headlamps, and you could see lines of headlamps going in one direction.

We found what is considered to be one of the best possible days to summit Aconcagua. That gave me some inspiration. I continued my climb. We passed one section, then we passed second session, and finally the third section. The Canaleta is considered to be the most difficult section in the entire climb which is just before the summit (6,962m).

So, we worked on it, and I was able to make the summit at 2:40pm. I made a call to my mom because I was thinking of her so much, and I was thinking of why I was there.

We couldn't stay at the summit for very long because Nanika knew I wasn't well, so he wanted to bring me down as soon as possible. Before we started climbing down, he roped me to himself just in case I had a misstep. So I felt secure, and eventually we made our way to Camp Three. I can't explain my feelings when I was at the top of Aconcagua. It was a matter of feeling honored, lucky, and fortunate.

Thank you everybody!

~Girish

11 thoughts on “Reaching the Summit”

  1. Congratulations on completing the second Summit! I’m sure you’ll have amazing memories and stories to share for the rest of your life.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS Girish! You did it! What an amazing accomplishment!
    I am thrilled for you that Nanika was able to help you to realize your goal.
    Be safe for the remainder of your travels…

  3. Shona, I’m so emotional and happy that you
    “just did it” ✅
    I’m at complete loss of words to express my emotions and feelings. ……… love you a lot ..

    Eagerly waiting for you!!

    Alwaysyours

    Yourshruti

  4. Hare Krishna Girish,
    Congratulations to you for this achievement. We are very very happy and thrilled with your grand success achieved with so many challenges. Our good wishes and prayers are always with you, You are a gem for this universe. May God Bless You With all Success in Future, Strong Health and All Prosperity.
    With Love and Blessings
    Anil

  5. Congratulations!!!
    I knew you would do it…
    You are so mentally strong.
    You will look back on this as one of life’s great accomplishments.
    We are all cheering you on and looking forward to your safe return.
    Brian and Susan

  6. Congratulations on reaching the Summit. I knew you could do it . We are all so proud of you. Looking forward to hear the amazing stories you have to share when you get back to the office.
    Take care and see you soon!

  7. Congratulations Girish ! There was no doubt in my mind you were going to summit! You have such determination and have accomplished so much in your life! Once you set your mind to a goal you figure out how to make it happen. I’m so happy for you! Take it easy now and come back safe. Blessings Wendy

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