BOULDER FLATIRONS - I met up with Colorado mountain guide Ricardo Pena for a climb up the Flatirons. During the climb I learned that Ricardo credits one historical event with changing his life.
"The moment that changed my life was when I explored the site of the Andes crash," says Ricardo. If you've ever read the book Alive then you know what he's talking about. In 1972 a plane carrying a group of Rugby players crashed in the Andes mountains. They were stranded for 72 days.
"The first time I went there I climbed up where no one had ever climbed before...I found the plane crashed in a different spot than where everyone believed...I found airplane parts in this new gully and the coat of one of the survivors, Eduardo Stroutch," says Ricardo.
Ricardo is a professional mountain guide operating the company Alpine Expeditions and has climbed all over the world. In 2014 Ricardo attempted Mount Everest but an avalanche cancelled the expedition. Ricardo is heading back to attempt Mount Everest again this Spring.
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