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A Sicilian engineer on the roof of Africa, climbed Kilimanjaro

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(ANSA) – SYRACUSE, 04 AUG – It is 6:12 am on Wednesday 3 August 2022, in Tanzania, when Guglielmo Venticinque closes his eyes for a moment and then opens them again. He doesn’t believe it, but it’s true. He has just accomplished a feat: he is on the top of Kilimanjaro, at an altitude of 5,895 meters, the roof of Africa. Engineer, maritime agent, owner of a sports center and, in his spare time, climber, Venticinque has been training hard for months to reach the goal. And the difficulties, imagined on the eve, promptly presented themselves during the ascent to the peak of the African continent. From camp 4, at an altitude of 4,763 meters, it took him 7 hours to reach the summit. Over 1,000 meters of ascent traveled with temperatures at -10 degrees and gusts of wind at 40 knots.

Guglielmo Venticinque, from Syracuse, known as “Gulli” (the similarity with Gulliver is no coincidence), did not stop in the face of bad weather and in the end was able to admire the sunrise from one of the most evocative and least accessible places in the world.

“It was a fantastic experience, a dream I had since I was a child has come true! I trained for a year to make this feat possible, I contacted an American agency specializing in extreme sports and hired 5 deep-sea porters who gave me transported all the logistics between the 4 planned base camps “, says Kilimanjaro, although the highest is not the only peak reached by” Gulli “. The first feat of the Syracusan engineer dates back to 2017, when he reached the summit of Mount Whitney (4,421 meters), in Sierra Nevada, the top in the United States, if Alaska is excluded. In 2018, instead, on the other side of the globe, Twenty-five climbed Kala Patthar, (5,675 meters), a mountain in the Himalayas, in Nepal, from which it is possible to see Everest.

Also in Nepal is one of the next objectives of Twenty-five: the Ama Dablam (6,812 meters). But to tempt the Sicilian climber is also a new venture in a part of the world not yet touched by him: Aconcagua (6,962 meters), the closest point to the sky in the Andes, Argentina. (HANDLE).

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