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Derek Haines and company scaled Bolivia’s Huayna Potosi 8-9 June as part of their Mountains and Marathons for Have a Heart Challenge.

The fundraiser benefits Have a Heart Cayman and includes the team climbing three mountains and taking part in various marathons and other endurance events around the globe.

Huayna Potosi — part of the Andes mountain chain —  sits 19,974 feet at its highest point and is the second of three mountains Haines — and Barry Yetton and Vico Testori — included in their challenge.

Organisers say the group hit an ice wall nearly four hours into their summit attempt and saw other climbers call off their attempts.

Testori did reach the summit and displayed the Cayman Islands flag while there. Haines and Yetton, however, had to stop just short of the summit on the advice of their guide.

A six-hour decent included repelling the ice wall and observing the aftermath of an avalanche that hit during their climb, according to organisers.

Click here for more information on the initiative.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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