MountEverest.net is reporting that Spanish climber Jorge Egocheaga has set a new speed record on Aconcagua. Egocheaga covered the distance between Valle de Horcones summit and back in 14 hours, 5 minutes and 54 seconds, shattering the old record by nearly an hour.
Egocheaga, who also happens to be an medical doctor, has been making a name for himself in climbing circles the past few years as he tackles some of the higher mountains all over the World. He’s is fast and agile on the mountain, seems tireless, and doesn’t seem to have an issue with the low oxygen levels at altitude.
The most impressive part of this story for me? Is that on his descent, even though he was going for a speed record, the Spaniard still stopped to offer assistance to a climber in need. That’s what climbing is all about, and we could use a little more of that spirit on the mountains.
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