Tomorrow is the day I leave Chile and head for Bolivia to climb the 19500 or so Licancabur. The saying here is that this volcano has a mind of its own and has the power to decide who summits its high peak and who does not. Licancabur means mountain of the people. I have been in Chile for approximately one week and everywhere I go, the mountain follows me. It is almost beckoning me. I do not fear the mountain but I will ask it to grant me favor in the climb. No there is not fear but a healthy respect as I know how brutal altitude can be and has been known to disable the most experienced climbers and hikers. I am tired, my legs ache and at times I feel frustration. There are others faster than me and seem to have stamina that is enviable but they too must ask the mountain for mercy. No one can assume.
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