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Take Me to the River (Day 3)

A group of wiley Americans and an Israeli stumbled into camp late last night. They made a fire with the Peruvian climbers and I found them this morning sitting on buckets, sharing a massive pot of communal oatmeal. Cheerio friends! … Continue reading

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Ishinca and Me (Day 2)

Refugio Ishinca to Lago Ishinca to Refugio Ishinca. Picture post! Waking up with the sun! Sun peeking over Tocclaraju (6034 meters, 19,797 feet). Clear above, after last night’s thunderstorm and my 11 hours of sleep. Foggy below. My friends, the … Continue reading

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Gringa Mistake (Day 1)

Quebrada Ishinca! Let’s do this! Picture post! The Rio Santa: 2850meters. 9350 feet. Refugio Ishinca: 4390meters. 14,403 feet. Paltay (the Rio Santa) to the Refugio Ishinca: roughly 12 miles. Only a crazy person would set out to accomplish such a … Continue reading

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Breakfast of Champignones (Day 3)

Yard sale morning. Clothes strewn about on bushes, hanging to dry. The epic down pour last night continued after we went to sleep, and therefore our clothes thought about what they did all night in a black plastic trash bag … Continue reading

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Laguna Mullaca…Running Down the Mountain (Day 2)

The tuesday morning breakfast explosion: Jana and I had each packed food for four days, because our original plan involved quebrada ridges and the high altitude lakes in between. With a slight change to our itinerary, we also made a … Continue reading

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Lago Radian and the StUNSET(Day 1)

After a delirious grocery store shopping excursion last night at 9 o’clock, I hit the sack and decided to pack this morning. Good plan, seeing as our plan to meet was at 9am. Our plan?! Yes ! I’m going backpacking … Continue reading

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Snow, Rain, and the Neverending Journey (Day 3)

DAY THREE GOAL: be home (to Gary’s house) by the end of the day, in a bed, after a hot shower. Well, the two things I prayed for last night were 1. obvious cairns and a reliable route over the … Continue reading

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¿5,100 Meters is How High? (Day 2)

I woke up to moo-ing. Of course. However, when I got out of my tent to pee, I didn’t expect to have to stand for an hour defending my tent and my person from the ever-so-curious cows/bulls/calfs… in the middle … Continue reading

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Maracuya in the Morning, Moo-ing at Night (Day 1)

Up early, clothes back on (with the plan to do the first load of laundry upon return!), and out the door walking Phillip (Gary’s son) to school. Down to Huaraz and finally into a combi (a passenger van) once I … Continue reading

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Newsflash! PERU!

A few weeks back I was Peru-sing cheap flights on Kayak (dot) com’s “Explore” function. It just so happened that after clicking a few buttons and glancing at the calendar, I purchased a roundtrip ticket from LA to Lima for … Continue reading

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