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December 31st 2011
Published: January 1st 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

How cool is that? Actually it is more than cool, it was #*+@ cold. Some say "Joel why do you want to climb a mountain?" Well as the famous mountaineer Greorge Mallory, who tried to be the first to summit Everest in the 1920s (and died trying to do so), when he was asked "why do you want to climb Mt. Everest?", his reply was simply "because it is there". So part of my answer is just that simple. Th... Read Full Entry



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The majestic AndesThe majestic Andes
The majestic Andes

At Guanacos Camp (Camp 2)
Home away from homeHome away from home
Home away from home

At Guanacos Camp
Happy to be alive!Happy to be alive!
Happy to be alive!

At Guanacos Camp
Searching for waterSearching for water
Searching for water

Water is a scarce commodity at 16,000ft
The AndesThe Andes
The Andes

At Guanacos Camp
Our tent seems so smallOur tent seems so small
Our tent seems so small

At Guanacos Camp
Even higher up!Even higher up!
Even higher up!

At High Camp (Colera Camp) - 18,200ft, 6,000m
I feel really small up here.I feel really small up here.
I feel really small up here.

At High Camp (Colera Camp) - 18,200ft
Snug as a bug in a rugSnug as a bug in a rug
Snug as a bug in a rug

Trying to catch a few zzz before summit day at High Camp
Chris and myself in our little home away from homeChris and myself in our little home away from home
Chris and myself in our little home away from home

Trying to Look optimistic before summit day. Drinking yet again more water
Returning from the SummitReturning from the Summit
Returning from the Summit

The wind and snow picked up. As you can see the path down was a little narrow in places.
Me returning from the SummitMe returning from the Summit
Me returning from the Summit

Loving the crampons!
Heading to Plaza de Mulas from High CampHeading to Plaza de Mulas from High Camp
Heading to Plaza de Mulas from High Camp

That pack weighed a tonne! But the view helped distract me.
Just another beutiful shot of an Andes mountainJust another beutiful shot of an Andes mountain
Just another beutiful shot of an Andes mountain

Taken from Plaza de Mulas (Base Camp)
Plaza de MulasPlaza de Mulas
Plaza de Mulas

Final view of the camp on the way out



6th January 2012

WOW
Hey Joel! Great pics...it seems like you're having the time of your life! I don't know many people who take advantage of life the way you do. Hope you're having a great time! Bev
6th January 2012

Congratulations!
Way to go Joel...congratulations on your successful venture. Great pictures...safe travel home!

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