Nido de Condores, camp 2 (5400m)

Today is my favorite day of the expedition so far.  It’s 18:00 and I just came back into  the tent. I had to take a bathroom break, and walking back around the corner of the rock outcropping, I was shocked by the beauty laid out before me – for the second time today.  The summit …

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Last thoughts before the summit push commences

One of the reasons I climb, why I do things like this: clarity. Here I am, half a world away from my family, work, friends, house, car, day to day activities – and even I have moments in which I wonder why I’m here.  Last night was one of those moments. The wind was howling …

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Acclimatization hike to 5100m: check

It was one of those mornings when I woke up at 3:00 and couldn’t go back to sleep.  I lay in my tent, listening to the wind outside, and the last thing I could imagine was making the long hike up Mt. Bonnete today.  After all, most instances of being sick with a sinus infection …

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Sick (but acclimating) in Confluencia

Last night the wind died off and the morning dawned with clear skies and utter stillness, save the calls and whistles of the arrieros and the clomp of hooves as they herded mules into  and out of camp.  I would have thoroughly enjoyed just laying in my sleeping bag listening, however was too busy blowing …

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On the trail at last: hiking in to Confluencia

I woke up to the sun shining in my window at 7:00am, the brilliant blue sky welcoming me to the true start of the expedition.  Following a rather uneventful morning of breakfast (not nearly as good as lunch and dinner yesterday – rather runny scrambled eggs and non-drinkable brown water that had a sign reading “coffee” on …

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