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).

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.