Monthly Archives: June 2013

Rock Climbing – Hatun Machay

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We were like kids in a candy shop. A stone candy shop. The rock forest – which is by far the best way to describe this place – was literally pillar after perfect pillar of volcanic rock shooting skyward, beckoning weathered crag junkies and soft-fingered newbies alike to tackle as many bolted vias as they dare. And the forest just… didn’t… end. Neither did the fun. Continue reading

Vallunaraju – 5686 meters

IMG_4324We don’t need no guide!

18,655 feet. Crampons, ice axes, harnesses and rope. Glaciers. Remembering climbing knots. Crevasses. 2am start. Headlamps. Helmets. Headaches. Ice bridges. Panic attacks. Sunrise in the mountains. Finally eating that Milky Way that you had been saving for 2 months. Perfect weather, awesome pictures, and feeling like a total bad ass. The realization of, ‘Oh no, now we have to go all the way back down.’ Dehydration. Getting lost. Vomiting. Altitude is no joke. Just. Keep. Walking. Relief, smiles, and over exaggerated tales of epic accomplishment. Continue reading