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AT Trip - Cordillera Blanca Peru

High Peaks of the Cordillera Blanca - Peru HAMC

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July 7-22, 2017

CMC Members:  $4400
Non-Members: $4800

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Climb a 6000m peak in one of the most beautiful mountain destinations on Earth. The Cordillera Blanca range in Peru is the world’s only high mountain range in the tropics, with peaks featuring feet of dramatic fluted snow. This trip will focus on the Quebrada Ischinca valley, leveraging a series of peaks (Urus Este – 5420m, Ishinca – 5530m) to acclimatize and climb Tocllaraju (6030m). The last two days of the trip, headquartered out Huaraz, will be a climb of Pisco Este (5750m) for a vantage of Peru’s high point of Huascarán. We will work with a local outfitter for the expedition part of the trip.

Previous High Altitude Mountaineering training and experience is required. Participants are encouraged to join for winter and spring outings (ice climbing, snow climbing) to prepare for the trip. 

Not included are airfare, trip insurance, personal snacks, souvenirs, and miscellaneous.


Trip Leader: David Miller - HAMC AT Leader

I have been in the CMC since 2007, and been a CMC trip leader since 2011. I helped as an assistant instructor in the 2009 BMS course, Denver group. I co-led the HAMS graduation field trip to Mt. rainier in 2011. At work, I chair numerous international standards committees. Some highlights of high peak experiences are summarized below.  Notable high peaks: I have hiked/climbed at least 36 of the CO 14ers Mt. Shasta (USA, 2004) Mt. Rainier (USA, 2006, 2010,2011) Pico de Orizaba (Mexico, 2010) Iztaccihuatl (Mexico, 2010)  Gannet peak (USA, 2012 Iliniza Sur (Ecuador, 2012) Cotopaxi (Ecuador, 2012) Chimborazo (Ecuador, 2012) Quitaraju (Peru 2014) Chopicalqui (Peru 2014) Mt. Kilimanjaro(Tanzania 2016). I have been exploring Colorado and other mountainous places since I moved from Minnesota in 1998. With that, I’m an avid amateur photographer – I take at least 30,000 pictures a year. My favorite destinations are scenic high places. Since I first climbed Mt. Rainier with a friend from college on a whim, I find the glaciated peaks (i.e., not in Colorado) to be most memorable. In state, I most enjoy climbing couloirs in the spring. The summer often finds me backpacking alpine valleys. The winter might find me on a hut trip, on AT skis (when not at resorts), or ice climbing. Rather than peak bagging the absolutely highest places, I prefer scenic (often prominent) destinations. While I can keep up with speedy mountain goat- or hare-members of the club, I usually take a more moderate pace (remember the photos). I am the point of contact for the Boulder CMC's Årestua cabin. With the rigor of outdoor sports I appreciate a variety of food (I also brew beer at home) and recovering at good restaurants at places along the way from outdoor destinations.