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Jun 12 2007

My Trip To Armenia 2001: How I Fell Off A Mountain

Over the next few weeks, I plan to blog about my trip to Armenia back in 2001. I finally had time to scan in some of my pictures from the trip and picked a bunch of them to write about. Enjoy!

Amberd Fortress Out

Last summer Zach posted about me telling the story of how I fell off a mountain in Armenia and I am going to elaborate on that a little.

On July 1, 2001 we traveled to Mt. Aragats to visit the Byurakan Observatory. On our way up, we had lunch by Lake Kari and then had a snowball fight. After hours at the Observatory, we traveled to Amberd, a 7th century fortress and an 11th century church, where we were able to spend time in the church or on top of the fortress. It was an amazing experience being in a church that old and so secluded that there was only room in the church for a small group of people.

As we were starting to climb down from the fortress (below), I was thinking about so many different things that I wasn’t paying attention to the path down. Our group leader told us to be careful but being ignorant, I stated a quote from Boris in the James Bond movie GoldenEye, “I am invincible!” Just as I said that, my foot slipped on some mud and I slid down the side of the hill that the fortress was on. Trying to stop myself, I lost control and tumbled through the air and down the slope even further. Now there are times in your life when you know something bad is going to happen and you try to prevent it, so I tried. I slammed my hand into the ground to stop myself from rolling any further. When I finally stopped, 1/3 of my body was leaning over the edge of a cliff that dropped about 5,000 feet. It was one of the scariest moments of my life, but on a more positive note, I only sprained my wrist and got a few cuts and bruises.

Note: The last picture is close to where I was leaning over the cliff

Amberd Fortress POV

Amberd View Down

When I was taken to the hospital, I was treated by an Armenian doctor who was not in any shape to help me. This hospital was not the best in Armenia to go to because the doctor had been drinking and did not follow any proper standards. He took the x-ray while someone else was in the room without a vest on, he tried to put my splint on backwards and I had to tell him Votch which means No, and he was very hostile when I told him I was in pain from his mistake.

Even though this adventure almost killed me, I am glad that I was able to learn from my mistake and was able to live to make more.

More stories and pictures to come soon!

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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