Monday, February 8, 2010

Cordillera Blanca sounds amazing

We've been reading up on the area around Huaraz in Peru. Actually, Jan's been doing most of the actual reading and then reading aloud the best snippets. It sounds amazing. "The Cordillera Blanca is full of striking views and unique adventures. Hikes from one day to 10 are possible, combinations producing even more possibilities if desired. Here limitations are only the result of a lack of imagination."

We're told that "The highest mountain in Peru, Huascarán at 6,768 meters (22,200 feet), and what many consider to be the most beautiful in the world, Alpamayo at 5,945 meters (19,500 feet), are just the toppings on an already rich cake." 

We are probably not going to summit these sorts of heights. Well, unless we hired professional guides, which is a consideration throughout our trip. But, I am stoked about being in Peru and exploring that part of the Andes on foot.

So different from Aconcagua, where we went to base camp at 4,365 m in late 2007; the arid desert climate of Aconcagua made the altitude so much more challenging. I learned that I need a bit more time to acclimatize by running up to 5 points on the AMS scale some days. Peru's climate is very different with vegetation growing much higher and farming in some amazingly high places.

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