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I’m Claiming First Ascent (By A Westerner)…

The pictures below were taken in the middle of nowhere in the Bayuda Desert in Sudan. And I really mean the middle of nowhere… We drove for hours cross-country to reach this point where we set up camp for the night.

While we were setting up our camp, I noticed this hill (below) in the distance.

First ascent of this mountain in Sudan by Justin Ames

I was not able to ignore its siren song for long and soon set off for it with a backpack full of water and the Italian in tow:

First ascent of this mountain in Sudan by Justin Ames

You can see how desolate this part of the world is from these pictures I took on our march to the summit:

First ascent of this mountain in Sudan by Justin Ames

First ascent of this mountain in Sudan by Justin Ames

First ascent of this mountain in Sudan by Justin Ames

The summit at last… And I believe a first ascent – if not by a human, than definitely by a Westerner.

Those trails in the background are animal trails linking waterholes in the area and are not evidence of humanity in the area. We were only out here because we had a 4WD vehicle and, therefore, did not need to follow roads to get to our next destination. Thus, we simply took the most direct route – as the crow flies.

We drove all day to get to the point featured in these pictures and the only sign of civilization we saw the entire time were a few emaciated nomads off in the distance:

First ascent of this mountain in Sudan by Justin Ames

Back at the bottom with darkness approaching:

First ascent of this mountain in the Bayuda Desert of Sudan by Justin Ames

Bayuda Desert, Sudan

sudan-wilderness

It’s a wonderful feeling for me to be reminded that there are still places like this in our world.

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One thought on “I’m Claiming First Ascent (By A Westerner)…

  1. I had very intense feelings while I was in Sudan. As I’ve never felt before. It is a great place where you can really create a real contact with the nature and all the living things. The beauty of the desolation.

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