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Hatun Machay

In a place full of awesome places, it is rare for something to stand out. A trip to the Cordillera Blanca can seem like a kaleidoscopic dream of the most incredible places you’ve ever seen. So it’s rare. And it’s full of mountains. Big icy mountains. It is not the sort of place you expect […]

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Life and Death in the Cordillera Blanca

There is so much to say about my time here in the Cordillera Blanca over the last six weeks. Being my third time here among the magnificent Andes, I have wasted no time in climbing a number of big alpine objectives. With other Project Cordillera staff, I also got straight to work consolidating our brilliant […]

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Meet the Mountains: Chopicalqui

High camp is a stunning place to spend the night.  Chopicalqui sits on the eastern flank of the mighty Huascarán Sur – Peru’s largest mountain. “Chopi” has the vibe of being Huascarán’s little brother but it’s still a bruiser in its own right, coming in at 6350m. If you want big, you got big.  A […]

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Glaciers, Climate Change & Tourism… Oh My!

Tourists view the massive ice walls of the Pastoriri Glacier. Last week, I went on a day excursion with a van full of other tourists (mostly from Lima) to the Pastoruri Glacier. The Pastoruri Glacier is south of the Cordillera Blanca at the head of the Pachacoto Basin, which is a tributary of Peru’s Santa […]

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Interview with Spike Reid

Project Cordillera: So Spike, you’re an adventurer and mountaineer, and have worked in the adventure scene for years now – how did you get into it all? Spike Reid: I grew up on the edge of Dartmoor, known as the last great wilderness in southern Britain.  I learnt to navigate there by doing “Letterboxing” with […]

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Carbo load complete

The countdown has begun. The replacement passport is winging its way to me. My Prusik loop tying skills are being practiced. My definitely authentic North-Face bag bought for five pounds in a Nepalese market is being stitched back together. Finally, my intense physical preparation is reaching its conclusion. It’s extremely important to make sure you put on […]

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And so it begins: Week One in the Cordillera Blanca

And what a week it’s been! Firstly, flying in to Lima with the sun rising over the huge expanse of the Amazon basin, I was greeted by stunning aerial views of the Cordillera Huayhuash mountains as they rise from the jungle clouds. For this reason alone, it’s highly recommended that you take a window seat […]

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The first of many…

I write this sitting on a plane flying over the English Channel from London to Madrid. From Madrid I fly to Lima where I’ll arrive just in time for breakfast. I’m always struck how easy all this is: buy a flight, pack and be sure to be at the airport on time. Equally, whenever I […]

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Meet the Mountains: Alpamayo

The Cordillera Blanca stretches over a vast area 180km long and 21km wide with 33 major peaks over 5500m. An area this huge offers a great variety of outstanding beauty, and, of course, each peak boasts its own unique charm and incredible story.    Alpamayo (5947m) was dubbed the world’s most beautiful mountain in an international […]

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