Hugo Rodríguez Barroso To Appear On WOWSA Live
Hugo Rodríguez Barroso To Appear On WOWSA LiveCourtesy of WOWSA Live, Mexico City.
The English Channel is occasionally referred to as the Mount Everest of Swimming.
Completing a successful swim across the English Channel and the summiting of Mount Everest by a single individual is known as the Peak and Pond Challenge. It is a unique solo achievement by a highly exclusive club of adventurers – Hugo Rodríguez Barroso of Mexico was the first person to complete this feat – and the only person to do it twice.
Rodríguez will appear with Antonio Argüelles on Friday’s WOWSA Live.
Members of the Peak and Pond
1. Hugo Rodríguez Barroso (Mexico) – accomplished twice: 1986, English Channel in 13 hours + 1993, English Channel in 13 hours 4 minutes + summited Mount Everest in 1997 + summited Mount Everest on 6 May 1999 + summited Mount Everest in 2000
2. Eric Blakeley MBE (Jersey) – 2003, English Channel in 20 hours 30 minutes + summited Mount Everest in 1997 – note: also completed the Seven Summits
3. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos (Greece) – 2009, English Channel in 9 hours 20 minutes + summited Mount Everest in 2004 – note: also completed the Ice, Water, Fire Challenge
4. Matthew J. Williams (UK) – 2010, English Channel in 15 hours 25 minutes + summited Mount Everest on May 23rd 2008 as part of the A.P. Everest Expedition
5. Bill Borger Jr. (Canada) – 2000, English Channel in 12 hours 11 minutes + summited Mount Everest on May 12th 2011
6. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland) – 2014, English Channel in 20 hours 33 minutes + summited Mount Everest on May 18th 2006
7. Gabriel Viti (USA) – 2014, English Channel in 15 hours 50 minutes + summited Mount Everest on May 22nd 2010 – note: also completed the Seven Summits
8. Allan McLeland (USA) – 2008, English Channel in 16 hours 10 minutes + summited Mount Everest in 2017
9. Jason Snell (UK) – 2017, English Channel in 16 hours 30 minutes + summited Mount Everest in 2015
10. Patrick McKnight (USA) – 2018, English Channel crossing in 12 hours 54 minutes + summited Mount Everest in 2018
11. Rob Lea (USA) – 2019, English Channel crossing in 11 hours 47 minutes + summited Mount Everest in 2019 within 45 days
Rodríguez wrote 2 books about his experiences. In English: An Everest Survivor: A Quest for Survival Above 28,000 Feet and in Spanish: Un sobreviviente del Everest: Una hazaña de supervivencia por arriba de los 8,600 metros de altitud.
An Everest Survivor is described as follows: “Reaching the summit of Everest is a great achievement; getting down safely is even greater. Until 1996 one climber would die out of six, most of the time during their descent.
Hugo Rodriguez Barroso proudly waved the Mexican flag on the top of the world on May the 23rd of 1997, at 2:12 p. m. Hugo became at that moment the first athlete in the world to accomplish the huge challenges of long distance swimming and mountain climbing: the solo swim of the English Channel and the summit of Mount Everest, a conqueror of both sea and land.
After reaching the summit Hugo faced an unpredicted situation of extreme survival under difficult circumstances: with no oxygen, no tent, no sleeping bag at 28,000 feet caught in a storm that would take the temperature down to 49°F below zero. From Camp Four, the news spread across the mountain all the way down to Base Camp and to the world; Hugo had perished, no one had ever survived a single night at such altitude under such conditions. Back in 1996, several climbers had been trapped in South Col to die in an event still considered the greatest tragedy in history of Everest.
But the unthinkable happened, something never ever seen before. In a journey into himself that at times verged on delirium, Hugo not only survived one whole night above 28,000 feet in Everest but, near dawn, he climbed down to Camp Four, which for any other individual would have been impossible to perform after being at extreme altitude for more than 34 hours.
Was it his willpower, his determination or his impeccable training? Or was it an exercise of certainty? Perhaps none of the above would have occurred if at the time he hadn’t managed to become one with the mountain.
While Hugo, a brave Mexican and human being, goes on the tale of his climb to the highest mountain in the world, we will be led along an experience that for sure will invite us to reflect, and certainly, to make us become one with Everest.”
Check out the WOWSA Live interviews here at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2827965029?pwd=S2dvWXNIZmg5WG5QeGFnemxXZDZDUT09.
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