December 10, 2012
Richard Hidalgo of Peru has made it his mission to climb the 14 highest mountains on the planet, and he’s using CrossFit to prepare him. Jaime Arashiro reports.
The world of high-altitude mountaineering poses challenges: cracks, seracs, frigid temperatures, storms, avalanches and mountain sickness, not to mention the risk of developing cerebral or pulmonary edema.
On our planet, 14 mountains are more than 8,000 meters (26,247 ft.) above sea level. They’re known as the 14 “eight-thousanders,” and all of them are located in the Himalayan and Karakorum mountain ranges in Asia.
Richard Hidalgo, a 45-year-old mountain climber from Peru, wants to crown all 14 peaks, and he’s choosing to attempt the daunting climbs without supplemental oxygen.
The challenges of high-altitude mountaineering are often unknown and unknowable, so Hidalgo has chosen CrossFit as his training method.