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We started to climb the Villarica volcano. During the climb, the snow disappeared to let place to a thick ice sheet that prevented even our crampons to penetrate. The wind also started to rise and blow strongly, becoming a major obstacle in addition to the impenetrable surface of the ground.

At a moment, an Irish teammate fell, began to slide down at an incredible speed. He managed to return himself during the descent and use his ax to slow his fall, which worked pretty well and stopped it.

We continued to climb. Now, it was the turn of a Dutch teammate. Our guide, Germán, jumped on it to try to catch up, but in vain. Both lost their axes and went down at a crazy speed.

Another guide and I have decided not to risk the lives of the rest of the group. So we grabbed our three teammates, trying to reach a crevice. It was almost impossible to hear ourself cause the wind was so powerful.

Fortunately, we had reach the crevice and backtracked along it, reaching our first fallen friend. He had been able to stop his fall quickly, which was not the same for Germán and our Dutch friend. Fallen from upper on the volcano, they went considerably lower than where he had been able to stop, because Germán and our friend had lost their axes.

He served as a protection during the fall, causing him many fractures at one of his legs and most of his fingers.

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  • Copyright: Mathieu Gregoire (mattgregoire) (19)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-07
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/10.0
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-01-20 19:36
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