Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 6 – Cutatambo to Huatiaq

Day 5 Cutatambo to Huatiaq Today was a totally different day. The trail took us on a brisk walk all the way down to 11,000ft - oxygen! The trail traveled away from the high peaks and followed a raging river steep down into a narrow valley. The water was crystal clear with multicolored river rocks [...]

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Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 5 – Viconga to Cutatambo

Day 5 - Viconga to Cutatambo 6am peek outside our tent - clouds with breaks of blue. We were hopeful! We walked from the hot springs back up to the valley we came to reattach to the main trail. We had two big passes to conquer today. The first one at 16,500 ft and the [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]