Chubs and P. Seed arrived. We had a jam packed day of cable cars, a basilica, marching around the old city and seeing 00.00.00 degrees latitude. Finally, we were ready. After quick flights and a bit of a hassle waiting for each other to get checked through at the Galápagos airport, we took a small boat ferry, followed by a bus ride and a nice quick dingy trip out to the Treasure of Galápagos, our home for the next 7 days. Continue reading
Quick back story to our Galapagos Adventure: Up to this point, Dan and I have met SO many travelers who were unable to go to the Galápagos Islands because of budget difficulties. So when we hit the massive city of Quito, we were pretty much resigned that it was not going to happen. But we had to do our research – we had to know for certain that we couldn’t do it. And so it began. Continue reading
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
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
It’s really difficult to do one post on an 8 day, world class trek through one of Andes’ most spectacular segments. So, I will just make a list of ‘highlights’ – I use that term very loosely – from our time in the Cordillera Huayhuash. Our crew consisted of Dan and I, Belinda, Ally (our new badass Coloradan friend) and Gil and Nir, two hilarious Israeli gents. We also had Jesus #1 (Guide/cook) and Jesus #2 (Donkey driver). With donkeys carrying everything but our daypacks, food prepared for us at the campsites when we arrived in the evenings, and surprisingly good quality equipment, we were able to hike quickly during the day due to less weight and relax in the evenings. Going with a guided group was definitely worth the extra 6 dollars a day. Brace yourself for a ton of pictures.
Beautiful sunny days? Check. Green and blue glacial lakes? Check check. Snowcapped Mountains? Many checks. Paramount Picture Mountain? Awesome check. 4 days of incredible hiking, stunning vistas, camping above 14,000 feet, good friends and incredible memories in one of South America’s most famous sections of the Andes? Yup. Santa Cruz. Check. Continue reading
Huaraz is one of the few places we have encountered in South America where rock climbing is not only done, but is prevalent. So you can imagine the level of excitement when I realized that there were tons of Sport/Trad/Top Rope climbs in the Andes, countless bouldering spots, and even a climbing wall at our hostel. Sha-WING! Papi like. Continue reading