The Andes at their best...
Trip Start Jul 20, 2005
30Trip End Nov 23, 2005
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Then came the real entertainment... Firstly I took a walk up to Laguna 69, a walk through some of the most amazing countryside I´ve ever seen up to around 4,600m. The whole walk was lovely (if pretty difficult at times with the combination of steep hills and high altitude), but my first sight of the laguna was really breathtaking. It has the most stunning bright blue/green lake water, as its formed from (sadly) a melting glacier on the mountain above.
The other highlight was going ice climbing in a national park to the north of Huaraz. I´ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I really enjoyed myself, having never tried anything like it before. Basicially they set up two 15m routes up the edge of this glacier where, armed with crampons and two ice axes we just made our way up (complete with all the safety gear!)... As the guides spoke fairly limited english, I ended up just trying to copy them whilst using my natural (slightly) feisty nature to dig my feet and the axes pretty hard into the wall !