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....And Rawan Dakik climbs Mount Aconcagua


The Lebanese mountain climber Rawan Dakik who holds a Tanzanian citizenship broke another record in conquering the highest peak in Latin America, Mount Aconcagua (6992 m), Argentina. Rawan started her trek on December 18, 2017 and reached the height of 6300 m in 8 days but was faced with very strong winds and extreme climate conditions which usually cause many an experienced climber to pull out from the expedition. Dakik was forced to retreat to the camp stationed at 4300m until the storm subsided. She then resumed her journey to the top and reached it on January 7, this year. Dakik hiked for 13 hours before she planted the Lebanese and Tanzanian flags as well as the rainbow peace flag atop the peak. Rawan, 17 years, has earlier climbed Mount Ararat, one of the world’s 7 summits at the age of 12 to be the youngest Lebanese and Arab climber and the first African and Tanzanian to accomplish this. She also participated in different treks here in Lebanon, notably climbing the Cedars and Faraya mountains, besides taking part in the Beirut Marathon and the Hermon Run. (Al Mustaqbal, January 10, 2018)

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