Mountain guide Willi Prittie remembers an exhilarating descent on Peru’s highest peak.
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Skis chatter. . .steel edges fight to carve a path across wind-hammered rime ice and sastrugi. My breath comes ragged and painful, and increasingly short as I fight for control to link my next turn. Unfamiliar skis and boots are uncooperative, as uncooperative as this thin air is in filling lungs and powering muscles! Fear taints my cold sweat as I stare down into dark, cold, eternity flashing by to each side of me. (more…)