Mount Logan in British Columbia is the tallest mountain in the country, and second tallest in the continent. The stunning peak looms at 5,959 meters tall, almost 4 miles. The temperatures seep extremely low, it plateaus at around negative seventeen degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. In the winter, however, it is dangerous. A frightening negative fifty degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, the snow rarely melts even fractionally, developing massive ice caps reaching nearly a thousand feet in the air on their own. Because of this, only 25 climbers attempt this feat each year, and they must register with the officials at the Kluane National Park and Reserve.
A marvelous view for some, a graveyard for others.
Natalia Martinez straddled this thin line earlier this month when an earthquake interrupted her solo climb. The disaster caused a domino effect of avalanches around her, leaving her stranded a hundred miles away from the quake’s epicenter for days. She was 4,000 meters up.
Matinez, who grew up in Argentina, had also been on the deadliest mountains in South America. An experienced climber, no doubt, she was in an area not accessible without crampons (grappling hooks) and even axes. An insane feat for an alone climber. Her loved ones and climbing partners were confident in her, saying she was prepared with experiences in the area, with lots of food.
She’s experienced. Maybe even more than the helicopters, the Icefield Discovery charter service, who had to wait until the weather cleared before departing.
4 days stranded, she returned to her family safe and sound.
Though she set out to accomplish a routine climb, she ended up triumphant in her greatest peak yet.
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