Colombian disabled conquered the peaks of Aconcagua

· Culture, Society, Violence

Five disabled Colombians conquered the pick of the second tallest mountain of the world: Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina. The team is made by four soldiers and a civilian who were victims of mines. They committed themselves to climb the tallest mountains in Colombia and the Americas.

Colonel Gabriel Cardona was the chief of the expedition made by soldiers Edgar Cardona Gallego, Juan de Jesús Loaiza Delgado and Bernardo Prieto Rincón. Other persons with the team as a support were Santiago Hernández, who is an expert mountaineer, doctor Luis Carlos Rosero and other three persons in charge of logistics.

The climbing took eight days to put on the pick the Colombian flag at 22,841 feet.

It is the highest mountain of the Americas at the Andes range in Argentina. The summit is three miles from the town of San Juan and 9 miles from the border with Chile.

More difficult than the climbing, was the descent of the mountain due to the prosthesis of their legs.

The team of disabled mountaineers was opened in 2006 for victims of mines.

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