Cordillera Blanca, Peru

3 weeks in Peru’s majestic Cordillera Blanca mountains. 10 days in the Ishinca Valley summiting Ishinca (18,150 ft), Urus (17,783 ft) and Tocllaraju (19,800 ft). Then an attempt on Chopicalqui  (20,850 ft) in the Huascaran National Park showed me that you don’t always get the opportunity to summit. What matters is that everyone that goes up, comes down… and that you have lots of fun along the way!

I met some truly wonderful kindred spirits on this adventure. A special call-out to Chris, my rope partner on the Ishinca valley climbs, and Uday, my rope partner on our attempt at Chopicalqui. I am very saddened to say that Uday was killed in a climbing accident on Liberty Ridge on Rainier in 2014.

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