Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca - part 2
Trip Start Apr 07, 2010
120Trip End Jan 19, 2012
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▼ Outing #2 - Pisco, Huandoy Oeste, Chopicalqui
June 18, 2011: From Huaraz, we take a collectivo, then a taxi to the Llanganuco Valley. We hike to Pisco Base Camp, then to Moraine Camp (4900m) in about 6 hours.
June 19, 2011: We leave Moraine Camp at 7am for the summit of Pisco (5760 m). Conditions were perfect and we reached the summit without any difficulty. Back at Moraine Camp for the night.
June 20, 2011: Next we will attempt Huandoy Oeste (over 6000 m). From Pisco Moraine Camp, we head up for a camp on the glacier at 5500m. As we skirt the base of Huandoy Norte, we observed several rock falls.
June 22, 2011: We head back down to the trailhead, visiting the Pisco hut along the way. After retrieving a cache of food that we hid on the way up, we hitch hike to another trailhead only 5 km up the road, spending the night at Chopicalqui Base Camp (4200m).
June 23, 2011: We move to Chopicalqui Moraine Camp (4800m) and spend the afternoon resting. It starts snowing on us during the night.
June 24, 2011: Alpine start: we depart camp at around 3 am in calm weather, following a guided party at first. The snow had stopped and there is about 2 cm of fresh snow on the ground. We pass the guided party at around 5 am and reach the ridge (5500 m) at around 6 am. Then the weather slowly deteriotates as we make upward progress. We have to break trail in deep snow, poor visibility, and chilling wind.
June 26, 2011: Chill in Huaraz.
June 27, 2011: Another Chill day in Huaraz. Shopping for our next outing: Huascaran, th big one
▼ Outing #3 - Huascaran Sur (highest peak in Peru, 5th highest in South America)
June 28, 2011: Collectivos to Mancos, then Musho (3050m) at the base of Huascaran. Hike to Huascaran Base Camp (4200m) with 6 days of food.
June 29, 2011: Hike to the Refugio (4675m), then up to Moraine Camp (4800m), then up to Camp 1 (5400m) where we set up camp on the glacier.
June 30, 2011: Hike to Camp 2 (5900m), build a platform and rest for the summit push tomorrow.
July 2, 2011: We had ambitions to also climb Huascaran Norte (2nd highest peak in Peru), which shares the same camp 2 as Huascaran Sur, but as we wake up at 3:30am for an early start, the weather has changed to wind and snow. We go back to sleep. At 8am, the weather has not improved so we pack up and head down. 8 hours later, we are back in Huaraz for hot shower and delicious food. Night at Jo's Place.
July 3, 2011: Chill day in Huaraz...good food and good movies!