mountain climbing en No oxygen, no fear <p>MOUNT CHACHANI, Peru &mdash; The distance between us grows slowly but surely in the gray light of dawn as we head up the steep snowfield 18,000 feet above sea level. <a href="">Richard Hidalgo</a>, Peru&rsquo;s most accomplished mountaineer, is taking short, deliberate strides but his metronomic rhythm toward the 19,872 foot summit of Mount Chachani is relentless. Unlike me, he doesn&rsquo;t need to stop to catch his breath every few seconds, readjust his backpack, or just take in the stunning view of arid, rocky valleys through the clouds below.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> mountain climbing Travel/Tourism Green Peru Want to Know Health Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5790296 at