Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca’s…

was good fun if you don’t mind a bad case of altitude sickness.  If I get it at 15,000 ft. does that mean a summit attempt of Everest is out of the question?  Even with the vomiting, a constant headache, the inability to stomach eating dinner for 2 nights in a row after hiking 10 miles a day,  it was still worth it (at least in retrospect..).

Huraz, Peru is a small town that is the jump off point for people going to adventure in one of the highest mountain ranges in the world.  It was a 9 hour bus ride from Lima.  I did a 3 nite, 4 day trek.  Was beauteous and quite relaxing as we had mules carrying out backpacks.  It snowed once, rained a bit and on our hardest day marching to the pass we were down to t-shirts.  The 12 person group included, Swiss, Germans, Aussie’s, French, English and Spaniards.  My job down here allows me almost 3 weeks off a month so trying to make the best of it though my Spanish lessons are suffering greatly.

I liked the informative mural in the background.  The woman of this area all wear the same style hat.
I liked the informative mural in the background. The women of this area all wear the same style hat.
These horrible burger stands where all over the city.   Their featured "Super Burger" has cheese, egg, chicken filet, hotdogs and french fry's on it.  I did not go there.
These horrible burger stands were all over the city. Their featured "Super Burger" has cheese, egg, chicken filet, hot-dogs and french fry's on it. I did not go there.

Shot from a "collectivo", the little buses that charge about 15 cents...
Shot from a "combi", the little buses that charge about 15 cents...
On a lonely road up to an Incan ruin I saw these in the wild for the first time.
On a lonely road up to an Incan ruin I saw these in the wild for the first time.
This interesting architectual detail (window in mudwall) comes complete with doll.
This interesting architectural detail (window in mudwall) comes complete with doll.
Another mud brick in-laid architectual detail.
Another mud brick in-laid architectural detail.
Drunken shepard.
Drunken shepard.
I did not enhance this roses... This is just before we started our trek in a little town deep in the mountains..
This is just before we started our trek in a little town deep in the mountains..
The national park just started a new program where tourists can stay with and learn native peoples trades.  This place is an alpine apiary.
The national park just started a new program where tourists can stay with and learn native peoples trades. This place is an alpine apiary.
(insert ur witty jackass pun here)
(insert ur not so witty jackass pun here)
Our first night.  Camped at 14,500.  This was taken in that moment after you puke and feel better for 5 minutes.
Our first night. Camped at 14,500. This was taken in that moment after you puke and feel better for 5 minutes.

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morning from the tent
morning from the tent
The dude in foreground sick from altitude sickness. Couple in back-ground sick with swiss cheese.
The dude in foreground sick from altitude sickness. Couple in back-ground sick with swiss cheese.
Mt. Taulliraju.  The summit is 19137 ft.  This is shot from a 15584 ft. pass we crossed over.   The mountain used in the Paramount Pictures logo was just down the valley but I was too sick to go for a glimpse which was for the better as it was shrowd in fog..
Mt. Taulliraju. The summit is 19137 ft. This is shot from a 15584 ft. pass we crossed over. The mountain used in the Paramount Pictures logo, Mt. Alpamayo, was just down the valley but I was too sick to go for a glimpse which was for the better as it was shroud in fog..
In the valley we hiked out of for 8 hours after the pass.
In the valley we hiked out of for 8 hours after the pass.

After getting to this little house whose front lawn we slept on our last night I took a stroll around a little 3000 ft. hight Andean village named Cashapampa.
After getting to this little house whose front lawn we slept on our last night I took a stroll around a little 3000 ft. hight Andean village named Cashapampa.
These girls where absorbed in texting....
These girls were absorbed in texting....
a 40 minute foto.. I was ready to go all-nite but the battery died, a contemporary photographic conundrum
a 40 minute foto.. I was ready to go all-nite but the battery died, a contemporary photographic conundrum

and a little plug for one of my cameras.  About 80% of these images were shot with the point & shoot Canon G9 and its an amazing camera.  It is my first new camera I have ever owned.  The new version is the G10 and is possibly even better.  28mm lens, 14.7 mpeg files (though its sensor is smaller then a DSLR’s), RAW capabilities, nice video quality, fully manual settings.. Love it.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. bill says:

    more art fair than photojournalistic and I loved them very much.

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