Chile’s Atacama desert

 

Top of Toco Volcano in Atacama desert - photo by Rob McFarland

Top of Toco Volcano in Atacama desert - photo by Rob McFarland

Escape travel section, Australia – July 31, 2011

“Go up like an old man, come down like a teenager,” advises Pablo. I’ll second that. I’m 200 metres from the summit of 5600-metre-high Toco Volcano in the Chilean Andes and I feel 108.

At this altitude, every step is a breath-sapping test of physical and mental endurance. I’d never understood why climbers sometimes turn back within a few hundred metres of the top. Now I do.

Read the rest of this story here: Breathtaking Chile (PDF)

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