Peruvian NGO Helping Overcome Obstacles Peru (HOOP) has smashed the world record for completing hula hoop at altitude.
A total of 14 keen hula hoop enthusiasts took part in the attempt, completed at the summit of the Chachani volcano – some 6,057 meters above sea level.
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HOOP beat the previous 2010 record completed at the summit of Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters) recorded by Guinness World Records in 2010. “Climbing Chachani was an enormous physical and mental challenge for the team,” HOOP communications and development manager Tom Hornbrook commented on the five hour hike.
“I felt like I couldn’t breathe, but we kept going and encouraged each other. Conditions at the summit were perfect for the record attempt, a clear sky with almost no wind,” Carlos Obando, one of the hula hoop volunteers commented.
HOOP has raised around $11,000 from the record attempt, set to be invested in its current projects in the city of Arequipa. The NGO currently offers education, health and welfare programmes to children of underprivileged families in the Cerro Colorado district.