Culture and Climbing in Hatun Machay

“The fascinating rock gardens of Hatun Machay are home to some of the best sport climbing in Peru. At 4600m, it’s one of the highest crags in the world and we were definitely feeling the altitude.”

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Mountains and Mischief: The Quilicayhuanca Trek

“…we were soon distracted by the striking valley with its flat meadow bottom and looming rock walls. Through the meadow meandered a creek and giant boulders were strewn about. Everywhere there was livestock grazing and at first active indigenous homesteads and farms. At the end of the valley rose the impressive white spiny peaks of some of the Blanca’s 6000’ers.”

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Volcan Chimborazo 6217m: En El Techo del Mundo

“Feeling the effects of the altitude as you climb higher can be the hardest part as you are constantly assessing how you feel against the symptoms of HACE and HAPE. Luckily for me, it appears that I have been blessed with a very short memory. In the darkness I always struggle against the desire to return to the comfort below, but when the sun’s light comes I always feel renewed and energized. So far I’m still coming back for more.”

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Laguna Quilotoa, Ecuador

March 25th, 2016 After hearing great things from some friends who hiked the Quilotoa circuit I decided to check out Laguna Quilotoa and hike around the perimeter of the spectacular crater lake. I was glad I did. Here are some of my favourite pictures. T

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Cotopaxi National Park

“On an impulse I turned North instead of South in search of a better look at the volcano. The road was bad and washboarded but I was rewarded with one of the most spectacular drives of the trip. I couldn’t resist a little camper photoshoot in front of Cotopaxi as it got clearer and clearer.”

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