July 4, 2016
Greetings and Happy Fourth of July from Huaraz, Peru! Our team of 4 arrived late afternoon yesterday, after flights from Seattle to Dallas, and then onward to Lima. We were met there by my good friend Maximo and then we drove north-east for 8 hours to Huaraz, located at 10,200′. Everyone is doing well and all our gear arrived, so we’re good to go for our trek.
For an acclimatization hike, today we trekked for 3 hours to an impressive alpine lake in the Coridillera Negra, which presents spectacular views of the Cordillera Blanca. Peaks in the Blanca range in height from 15,000′ to nearly 23,000′, so the white snow-fluted peaks rival the Himalaya. It’s winter here, so the air is cool and clean feeling, and the sun makes it perfect for trekking. Well that’s it for today; back to packing for our trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash in 2 days; we can’t wait to launch!
All our best for the holiday!