Our newspaper spoke with Peru´s hottest prospect in mountaineering, Víctor Rimac Trejo and we were informed about his new mission. Victor already has summited three of worlds 14 highest mountains in the world and is soon off to Nepal again to add another one to the list. In October last year, the professional climber from Huaraz successfully conquered the Mt Cho-Oyu (8,188 m) in Tibet, accompanied by female Peruvian climber Flor Cuenca Blas, who resides in Germany. Previously to Cho-Oyu, Rimac had conquered Mount Manaslu in 2015, just after a massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. In May 2014 the mountaineer from Huaraz managed to summit Dhaulagiri at 8,167 metres above sea-level which is ranked seventh in the ranking of the highest peaks in the world.
His newest objective is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8,516 metres, after Mount Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga; Mount Lhotse. Rimac Trejo will leave Peru on the 17th later this month and will be back on the 5th of June, if everything goes as planned.
¨I will go to Lima next week to do some final coordinations with my main sponsor Latam. I have been training really hard since the beginning of the year and for the past three months I have been doing a lot of gym, running and swimming. I have been training at over 4,200 metres for at least three times a week. In the gym I have been working on my legs a lot to get them stronger. A mere two weeks ago I went to Llaca to do some ice climbing and have been doing bouldering in Los Olivos and Recuay. Luckily, I have been able to obtain a couple of small sponsorships in town as well.¨
We asked Víctor how he thought about the forthcoming mountaineering season in Huaraz, as many local businessmen are worried that this might become the worst year in the last decade, due to the multiple natural disasters many places in Peru are suffering at the moment. Surprisingly, Víctor said not to be worried at all. He believes that the heavy rainfall will favour the mountaineering season later this year because it has created much new snow on the mountains around Huaraz. Additionally, he said to believe that after two years of extreme drought and high temperatures, the climbing conditions will be better than before. Only detail at the moment are the access roads, but these should be fine in the months of July, August and September. As everywhere in the world, natural disasters will have a negative impact on tourism, but climbers will come to Huaraz to do mountaineering or bouldering.
Finally, we asked the 31-year-old what he thought about the mountaineering level in Huaraz and Peru.
¨Huaraz has a fine group of upcoming youngsters that are hungry. I can´t give you any names in particular because someone might get upset for not being mentioned, on the other hand, this might create unnecessary pressure. Believe me that in 10 years from now on, new local icons will be climbing and making summits around the world. On a national level, Puno, Huancayo, Lima and Arequipa have some very talented mountaineers. And for those lads it´s not always easy because they have to travel first to get to the mountains and this costs money. For fanatics that live in Huaraz, you catch a colectivo and in less than an hour you´re already almost up the mountain. If you just look at Lima; our capital has mountaineering shops and counts with great indoor climbing opportunities. I personally like to practice at Base Camp Peru Climbing Gym. On the other hand, and although the mountaineering sector is expanding every year, there is little help offered by the governments. Think for example about the lack of training courses, the formation of climbing clubs or for example the construction of climbing walls. In a couple of years, Huaraz should really be the mountaineering centre of Peru. There are many professional mountaineers who have asked me in the past about the climbing possibilities in the Cordillera Blanca.¨
We would like to thank Víctor Rimac for the coffee he invited us.
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