I Admire Bulgarian Strong Spirit and Mind*

Views on BG | May 21, 2004, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

By George Dijmarescu, Romania

I was on the summit with a Bulgarian who made the summit without the use of Oxygen but the way he climbed, sitting almost after every twenty steps is not what I call mountaineering and having fun.

He decided not to topple the third step but to go around it, I try to tell him that this is the way (he was asking me previously if one of the little incline was the first step).

He run in trouble and couldn't find an exit to the snow pyramid.

I was at the top of third step and I saw him sliding couple of times but he managed to regain his balance, then he wiped the snow from a ledge with his arm and he was pounding his head against the rock, not very hard, then he started to pound his fist on the rock, he looked at me and his look was in desperation and sounded like:"I screwed up", down climbing was out of the question giving the snow condition.

I yelled at him to go to the right, I had a vantage point and I saw a little snow gully to the right and the only option for this Bulgarian strong man or strong mind. He managed to exit and be at the summit with us.

His face look like from horror movies, he laid on his back at the summit and we left him there; there is a report he never made it back.

The celebration of Bulgarians turned sour and this is not the end.

Climbers remember Prodanov and his legendary climb 20 years ago, this man worked so hard to climb without oxygen, was it worth it?

I don't think so and I don't think his family thinks so.

He tries something different, I always admire people who try the hard way but is so much waist of spirit and gives so much pain.

* The author is George Dijmarescu, a Romanian climber.
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