Steeped in mythology the iconic peak of Mount Damavand has also been refereed into Persian Poetry and literature as a symbol of the resistance since thousands of years ago. Its majestic volcanic form rises steeply from the Central Alborz mountain range and whilst it is coated in snow during the winter it is an achievable peak for walkers and climbers during the summer season. Following some time to acclimatize in the mountains above Tehran we head to the south side of the mountain. Ascending the peak with good acclimatization and staying at the climbers hut before our summit push we hope to reach the volcanic rim at sunrise. An easy descent of the volcanic scree is a welcome respite from the rigours of summit day, before returning to Tehran.