CHACHANI, PERU: Rounding the last ridge that will take our view of Chachani away as we head down into Base Camp to clean up and met our ride back to town.
CHACHANI, PERU: Large icicles hanging from the cliff we passed under in the dark in the morning and now, on our way back down.
CHACHANI, PERU: Back over the steep traverse we had to make in the dark first thing in the morning.
CHACHANI, PERU: Not sure of the story behind this cross, but it voices a suggestion of caution and respect for the mountain.
CHACHANI, PERU: Plowing down the steep loose rock with long gravity assisted strides as the rock slides with us.
CHACHANI, PERU: After an hour on the summit, we start our descent back to base camp. Six hours to climb, three hours to return.
CHACHANI, PERU: El Chachani summit team (6,075m/19,983ft) in Southern Peru, near Arequipa. L. to R. Christoph, Andreas, Cameron, Francisco, Christoph & Jose the guide.
CHACHANI, PERU: The summit - 6,075m - marked with a cross and the now world wide symbol of mountaineering, prayer flags from Nepal. El Misty in the background.
CHACHANI, PERU: The steep part is mostly over. The summit is that far snowy ridge but the thin air is taking its toll on the team.
CHACHANI, PERU: Look close... there is a paw print there. Looks feline, so possibly the rare Andean Puma. Amazing this print would be at nearly 6,000m!
CHACHANI, PERU: Up the final face of Chachani. 5,900m.
CHACHANI, PERU: The last major slope as we tackle the face of Chachani.
CHACHANI, PERU: Looking back across the range from 5,800m - including El Misti.
CHACHANI, PERU: Rounding the face of Fatima, the Chachani summit comes into view.
CHACHANI, PERU: Pushing up the sulfuric section of the face of Fatima at 5,700m.
CHACHANI, PERU: Sunrise from behind El Angel as we work our way up the slope of Fatima before reaching Chachani proper.
CHACHANI, PERU: View from the slope of the range collecting the morning sunbeams.
CHACHANI, PERU: 6am, 5,500m, the first light to reach us after a 2am start.
CHACHANI, PERU: A post-dinner cup of coca tea before heading to bed in the afternoon to be rested to wake at 1am to start climbing.
CHACHANI, PERU: Base camp.
CHACHANI, PERU: The road we drove up.
Climbing El Chachani (6,075m/19,983ft) in Southern Peru, near Arequipa. Cameron, Andreas, Francisco, Christoph & Jose the guide.