Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 4 – Huayhuash Camp to Viconga

Day 4 Huayhuash Camp to VicongaWe woke up to more rain but felt stronger and better acclimated after a good nights rest. It was a shorter day - only 4.5 hours of total hiking. The trail was a little more gradual today but still reached a 15,500ft pass. No views of the mountains, just lots of [...]

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Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 3 – Carhuacocha to Huayhuash Camp

Day 3 Carhuacocha to Huayhuash Camp In the morning, Jake and I both felt fatigued and groggy. A man approached our tent early as we were packing up to collect our 2nd protection fee of the trek. He hike 2 miles from his village to meet us here. He was surprised we didn't have burros [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit – Day 2 – Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha

Day 2 - Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha We slept 11 hours last night. 11 hours! In the morning, we were greeted by a sheep herder who lived nearby. We made small talk as best we could and he proceeded to ask for 20 soles to pay for the campsite. We knew there was no a fee [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 1 – Pocpa to Quartelhuain

Day 1 - Pocpa to Quartelhuain 4AM: Jake and I checked out of our hostel in Huaraz and walked to the bus station to catch our first ride of the day to a tiny town called Chiquián. Even though our ticket purchase reserved our seats, the bus stopped for anyone and everyone needing a ride [...]

The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Location: Andes Mountains of Peru Distance: 81 miles Duration: 8 days Highest Elevation: 16,600ft Itinerary Day 1 - Pocpa to Quartelhuain Campsite (8 miles) Day 2 - Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha Campsite (13 miles) Day 3 - Carhuacocha to Huayhuash Campsite (8 miles) Day 4 - Huayhuash to Viconga Campsite (9 miles) Day 5 - [...]

The First 210 Miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

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Back to the Real World: Now What?

Thoughts and observations collected after walking 2,650 miles in the wilderness... My feet STILL hurt. It's been almost 5 weeks now since we finished the Pacific Crest Trail and my feet are still swelling and aching. Usually pain comes first thing in the morning, when I'm at rest, if I walk too much (go figure) [...]