Kabelo will try again in Argentina, after ‘Kili’

2012-01-14 20:02

Kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane is not giving up on making it to the top of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, despite having failed to do so in December last year.

The 34-year-old was just 759m shy of making it to the top of the 6?959m-high mountain when the weather took a horrible turn from sunny to snowing heavily overnight, causing the crew to call it quits.

Just less than a month since his return from the three-week-long summit that ended on December 17, Mabalane said he “will definitely try again this year”.

Armed with 30kg of luggage that included dehydrated food, clothes, tent and cooking utensils, Mabalane admitted that the climb wasn’t easy?– he was almost sent back when he got a chest infection.

“Did I mention that everyone had to carry their own bag of poo; since the mountain is a national park, we all had to ‘go’ in our bags and carry the bags. And we had to return the bags to the people for a check after the climb,” he laughed.

Mabalane travelled to Argentina on November 27 as part of an anti-drug campaign called Mountain Heights founded by former South African drug addict Marco Broccardo. Together with another recovered addict, Gabi Mhlongo, they decided to take on seven summits, and have five remaining (excluding Aconcagua) after completing a climb of Mount Kosciuszko in Australia last year.

Next on the list, Mabalane will take on the 5?892m high Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania before attempting the Argentine mountain again.

Then they hope to continue the journey to Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus (5?642m), Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania (4?884m),

Mount McKinley in North America (6?194m) and end off at Mount Everest in Asia (8?848m).

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