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July 5th 2011
Published: July 5th 2011
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The last two days have been spent climbing Vallunaraju and surround peaks. It was about a two hour drive even though it is probably about 20 miles and then a several hour climb to where the guide and myself set up base camp. Just reaching this camping area and viewing the surrounding landscape great. After a few hours of restlesss sleep at this altitude it was off to the climb at 12:30. Very cold and somewhat difficult we spent the next 12 hours climbing and trekking in the area. The pics do a much better job of showing the area then I could do with words.

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Follow the Guide

Taken shortly after starting. About 1 AM

Just below the summit

The summit from a few meters away - very cold and windy
Kitchen at Base CampKitchen at Base Camp
Kitchen at Base Camp

get used to noodles and bread - Conor would be thrilled
Coca TeaCoca Tea
Coca Tea

Put leaves in hot water for five minutes. Drink and chew the leaves for altitude aclimitization
Camp Right ViewCamp Right View
Camp Right View

Looking towards Huaraz
Camp NeighborsCamp Neighbors
Camp Neighbors

Another guide with two Peace Corp workers from Peru
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Base Camp

Before the snow rolled in
Camp DinnerCamp Dinner
Camp Dinner

Noodles of course
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Base Camp

Another view towards Huaraz
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Base Camp

Guide setting up tent and the snow rolled in a few hours later

Still up hiking about 7 AM on the glacier
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Base Camp

Yes we had to carry this all up

Sun Just starting to rise

With Huascaran in the background
Coca LeavesCoca Leaves
Coca Leaves

For making tea

6th July 2011

Yeah - how is the
coca? You NEVER told me this was the kind of "TREK" (loosely defined) that you were doing?

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