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Published March 03, 2013, 10:04 PM

5 Fargo men climb the highest mountain in South America

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- 5 Fargo men have returned from an adventure of a lifetime, climbing the highest mountain in South America.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- 5 Fargo men have returned from an adventure of a lifetime, climbing the highest mountain in South America.

The view was breath-taking. The climb was long and tough. But the five say the preparation and planning paid off.

One look at Mount Acon ca gua and the intimidation factor kicks in. The great mountain of the andes and the continent of South America. And now conquered by 5 Fargo men.

Roy Beil/Climber: "We all want some physical challenge and a little suffering but we don't want to cross the line of danger, we have families. So the time to do this was more than any of us had invested before."

Tom Smith/Climber: "A lot of people say it is the hardest thing they had ever done and it was but it wasn't just the physical effort it too on summit day, a big big day, but the moving and waiting and planning and being on the mountain that long."

After months of planning, the five made to to Argentina for the big climb. To get acclimated to the altitude, the men, all physically in tip top shape, had to spend 5 days at 11-thousand feet before climbing the mountain which towered at an impressive 23-thousand feet.

Tom Clow/Climber: "And beautiful views and landscapes we can see when we are doing climbing trips like this."

It took the men seven days to reach the summit. Through snow and ice. Fighting the altitude issues and trying to keep hydrated and fed.

All part of an extreme adventure, memorable and something only few will tackle in their life.

Larry Skagen/Climber: "Especially this mountain it is extreme, extremely high and remote and beautiful and on the other side of the world."

All the climbers had to go through rigorous health checks at base camp, before they were allowed to begin the climb.

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