Richard Hidalgo on his way to the top of Everest

P eru´s most famous mountaineer is in Nepal at the moment trying once more to conquer Mount Everest. Richard Hidalgo has already tried to summit Everest on a couple of occasions but so far has been unsuccessful, with bad weather and Nepal´s earthquake ending his hopes in 2015. The Lima-born mountaineer revealed on his Facebook page that he is about to enter the most decisive moment of his climb, relying totally on the work, training and acclimatisation he has done the previous months. In total, Richard has now tried to summit Everest four times, twice trying from the Tibet side and twice from the Nepal side, but hasn’t been able to get to the top. He once got stuck at 8,400 metres and had to turn around. Astonishingly, Hidalgo is climbing these peaks without supplemental oxygen and without Sherpas.

Hidalgo furthermore stated that he finds himself at an altitude of 6,400 metres above sea-level and is calmly waiting for the latest information regarding the weather. The mountaineer still has another 2,448 metres to go before reaching the top. According to Desnivel, there are currently five climbers on Everest trying to complete the 14 eight-thousanders.  These five have conquered 13 of the highest mountains in the world and Everest is the last one.

Hidalgo is going for his sixth eight-thousander as earlier he summited Cho Oyu, which is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8201 metres. Since 2006 he also managed to summit Annapurna (tenth highest at 8091m), Manaslu (eighth highest at 8156m) and Gasherbrum II (also known as K4, and thirteenth highest mountain in the world at 8035m. The first mountain he conquered was the Shishapangma, also called Gosainthān, which is the fourteenth highest mountain in the world.

Lonely and listening to music                                                           

In an interview we conducted with Richard last year, he said the following: ¨Being on your own is a process that you have to adapt to. Mentally, this requires a lot of preparation. I guess, once you get used to it, time passes by without you noticing. And although mountaineering is a solitary sport, when you´re at a basecamp there´s always fellow climbers to have a chat with. An 8000-metre expedition can´t be managed on your own. You will need to contact an agency first. Here you will find fellow climbers that will be on the expedition; obviously everyone has their own strategy and climbing style. This is where friendships are made in the mountains. I have been on my own many times when there was, for example, no-one between two camps and it´s just a matter of not talking. Because there is no one to talk to! So what you mainly do normally is listen to music

Photo: Facebook Richard Hidalgo

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