Huascarán Circuit Day 6: A Lovely Afternoon
Huascaran Circuit Day 8: Laguna 69 Hike

June 16, 2017

After a short punchy difficult climb up 10K we were treated with the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my life! Well for Amanda anyway.


What happened…

Andrew writes: No way would we have made the top yesterday. That 10km further we had to go was going to take us about 3 hours, especially since we would’ve been tired from climbing all morning. Ok, technically we could have dug deep and gutted it out, but we don’t need to. So we don’t. I’m glad that we made the decision to camp when we did.

Everything was frozen again this morning. Brrrr….Amanda made a point this morning to tell me that she wanted to ride with me, and that I shouldn’t just take off. So together we went riding, pushing our bikes up some of the steeper, crappier spots. It was a bit of a catch-22 today because I wanted to be able to enjoy the improving scenery all around me, but I also had to keep my eye glued to the patch of road right ahead of me to avoid a rock, or pothole. Finally we reached the top and the payoff was unbelievable. Maybe it was so amazing because we had worked so hard for the past few days to get here, or maybe it’s just truly a breath-taking spot on Earth. In any event, it’s definitely a trip highlight for me. Right up there with the Columbia Icefields in BC, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and Yellowstone Park in Wyoming.

The downhill was a different matter; what a dog’s breakfast. I really want to earn my turns, and just propel myself on the descent with wild abandon. When the road forces a downhill speed similar to that of the uphill it just turns my stomach. The glorious scenery all around me made it palpable but I’m going to see about taking a bus out of here tomorrow morning. No way do I want to spend another 30km bumping and grinding my way back to civilization.


Amanda writes: The climb was pretty shitty. The higher we got, the worse the road got. Andrew was patient and rode with me so we could reach the top together. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my life. Andrew was incredibly patient with photography and I’ll leave the pictures to tell the story.

The aerial view of our ride:


Today’s Photographs

Huascarán Circuit Day 6: A Lovely Afternoon
Huascaran Circuit Day 8: Laguna 69 Hike