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The shocking story of Ignacio Lucero, the mountain guide who disappeared in the Chilean mountain range

2023-12-03T23:55:33.961Z

Highlights: Ignacio Lucero is one of the three Argentinian climbers who disappeared in the Cordillera de Chile. A native of Mendoza, he has more than 60 expeditions to Aconcagua. He climbed the Himalayas after suffering a stroke and a heart attack. His TED talk and his time on Mirtha Legrand's show. The dog that saved his life, "Oro," died in 2021, at the age of 11. The mountain hurt me, but it gave me all the tools to recover.


A native of Mendoza, he has more than 60 expeditions to Aconcagua.He climbed the Himalayas after suffering a stroke and a heart attack. His TED talk and his time on Mirtha Legrand's show.The dog that saved his life.


Ignacio Lucero is one of the three Argentinian climbers who disappeared in the Cordillera de Chile, he is an experienced mountain guide and once again faces a limit situation in the heights together with Raúl Espir, mayor of General San Martín, Sergio Berardo, a scribe also from La Pampa This time, the challenge for Mendoza is posed by the Marmolejo hill.

Lucero is 49 years old, he is a mountain guide, national mountaineering instructor and trekking guide in the mountain range. He made 62 expeditions to Aconcagua, in addition to dozens of experiences on more than 20 peaks above 4,500 meters in Argentina.

In Chile he had made at least six expeditions. It has experience in 13 other countries, as far apart as Spain, India and Tanzania. But it was in Nepal that he changed his life.

In 2011, when he was 38 years old, "Nacho" Lucero suffered a massive heart attack at an altitude of 7,400 meters on Mount Manaslu, in the Himalayas. Soon after, he suffered a stroke.

He spent 20 days interned in that Asian country, bordering China and India. Years of rehabilitation followed to regain speech and gait. He had depression. He was rescued by a stray mixed-breed dog named "Oro."

Ignacio Lucero, mountain guide from Mendoza, in an interview with Clarín. Photo: Delfo Rodriguez

The dog accompanied him in his recovery and in some mountain adventures. But he died in 2021, at the age of 11. Lucero, meanwhile, continued to show his life story in newspapers, TV and even in a TED talk.

In the latter, the experienced mountain guide begins, in silence, walking seven steps. They were, he says, the key to overcoming that extreme experience twice as high as La Paz, the Bolivian capital.

"It was the only thing I could, the only thing. My heart couldn't. Hypoxia wouldn't let me. My heart was broken. The experience was tearing me apart. I was dying and I knew it. I said, I want to live. I have to reconfigure myself, if I can die now and the game is ready. My game was to go up, to the mountains, to where the food of the Gods is. That was my game. And it wasn't anymore, so I said 'I have to survive, life is down,'" says Lucero in the first little less than two minutes of his talk in the famous series of conferences on "ideas worthy of being disseminated."

And those seven steps, a rest and another seven steps and another rest, allowed him to return to "Gold", who until his death was a part of his life. That reminded him of the time he had to take his meds because it was the same time the dog ate.

He told his story there and at Mirtha Legrand's table, in September 2019 after climbing the Himalayas, motivated by "overcoming a stroke and a heart attack" in 2012.

"We all put our lives into something," he told the host of the program broadcast by El Trece. "On stage, singing, at the table...," he added, while another guest suggested, "It's like climbing Aconcagua," and Lucero nodded.

Lucero leans on her mother and lost her dad and has four siblings. After the episode in the Himalayas and before facing it again, he said: "The mountain hurt me, but it gave me all the tools to recover."

Now, on Mount Marmolejo, he faces another survival challenge.

Source: clarin

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