It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves — Sir Edmund Hillary . . While most of us haven’t climbed and conquered the world’s highest mountain, I think we can all agree that Sir Hillary got it right when speaking about life’s challenges. I know I wasn’t thinking about the height of this mountain pass—4750 meters (~15585 feet)—as my legs and lungs were burning. No, I was intensely focused on one thought—talking my brain into talking to my body about pushing to and over the Punta Union pass . . The 50km Santa Cruz Trek through Huascaran National Park ...
4 days, 15,580 ft. and over 31 miles later... we drank alot of milo/coca tea, played many games of shithead, had a night of crazy rainstorms which turned into a very cold/snowy morning and encountered the most unbelievable scenery, Mother Nature you never disappoint! ❤️
Although killed by altitude... we completed the Santa Cruz Trek. An insane climb to summit( although misty, pouring with rain and snowing) and an incredibly lovely and lush decent (with some glimpses of sun!!). Beautiful rolling green mountains. Black slate rocks, cordial blue lakes and enormous shiny glaciers. Only downside; ( minus Moyer being bitten by a donkey - who we later named Bernard) we were not able to eat the tiniest can of condensed milk you ever did see... I think, maybe, it’s just to cute to eat.
Spent 5 lovely days trekking and camping (but mainly running around barefoot with the cows) along the Santa Cruz trail. Wow what a pleasure to spend that amount of time with no one/nothing but the mountains. So lovely to spend my time in solitude listening to avalanches, star-gazing and waking up to an ice covered tent. Also got to see the mountain from the paramount pictures logo which is cool too. Yay everyone should go on multiday trekking expeditions on their own, woo love your own company and get ya own gear
I finished the 3-day Santa Cruz trek! This was my first guided trek, and it was awesome! I loved arriving at camp with a hot cup of coca tea waiting for me. Our guide (Ricardo, pictured) is a beast. For most people, this 55km/30mile hike is a multi-day adventure. His record: 5hrs 30mins. • • • • • #hiking#trek
Two Whitman boys take on the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca! A few of the more triumphant and picturesque moments at Laguna 69 and during the Santa Cruz Trek in Huascarán National Park. I've got plenty of pretty photos of @grant_gallaher, but this isn't his instagram account, is it. Stayed tuned for the next photo series: one Whitman boy (me) nearly defeated by the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca, and also some pretty photos without humans. 📸mostly to @grant_gallaher, but also to some random tourist
See that snowy peak there? Yeah it took us 4 days of trekking to get to the top and over. One of the hardest experiences of my life but so rewarding and breathtaking(literally). The 1st day I got pushed over by a donkey, cried to Justin on the 2nd day, claimed I had asthma on the 3rd day, and said “fuck this” on the 4th day. But overall, I’m so happy I did it and can’t wait for the next trek. ⛰ And to top it off, these pups might have been the icing on the cake.