View Post

Practice Run No.3: The Objective

In Practice Run No.3by Steve

Objective: Ama Dablam 6812m, Nepal (and Lobuche Peak 6119m and Island Peak 6189m) Hello again. It’s been a few months since I concluded Practice Run No.2, it’s now time to kick off Practice Run No.3. Objective: Ama Dablam, 6812m. Practice Run No.1 took me to New Zealand with a climb of Mt Aspiring 3033m. Practice Run No.2 took me to …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: Trip Wrap Up

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

That’s Practice Run No.2 Done and Dusted Arrived back home yesterday, and after one day, it’s like I never left. When I set out for Peru 4 weeks ago, my goal was to climb 3 Peaks: Yanapaccha (5460m), Chopicalqui (6354m) Alpamayo (5947m). There were the usual ups and downs with weather, health, fatigue, etc, but overall everything went very well, …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: Alpamayo Summit

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

Sickness, Storms, Summit…. A two day leisurely trek along part of the Santa Cruz trail took us to Alpamayo Base Camp (~4300m). Trekking in I had been feeling great, but came down with something at Base Camp that knocked me for six. I had a sleepless night and woke with stomach pains, aching muscles and headache. As I was reasonably …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: Heading out to Alpamayo

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

2 down, 1 (+1) to Go Half time break is almost over. Tomorrow morning I head back out to commence the trek in to Alpamayo. Two day trek to base camp, then a further two days to progress to moraine camp then high camp. High camp is positioned at the base of the final 450m high face. A face which …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: Chopicalqui Summit

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

Back in Huaraz for Half Time After a good couple of days training and acclimatising on Yanapaccha (5460m), on 6th July we moved across to Chopicalqui Base Camp (~4300m). In the afternoon I walked up to Moraine Camp (~4900m) and then went back down for the night. 7th July we went to Moraine camp and slept the night, then on …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: Another Acclimatisation Walk

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

Time to Hit the Hills This will be my last update for a little while. Tomorrow I head out into the hills proper. First to Yanapaccha, and then to Chopicalqui, which are both in the same valley. Had a good day today, another acclimatisation day hike. The aim was to trek to Lake Churup at 4450m, but got there in …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: Acclimatisation Day Walk

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

First view of Chopicalqui Today was just an acclimatisation day hike in the local valley from Huaraz. Went to 4100m and was feeling good. Pretty pleased, because while I didn’t admit it in my email yesterday, I was feeling…. let’s just say… far from ideal at that stage, having been plagued with throbbing headaches, nausea, stomach pains, etc all day. …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: Made it to Huaraz

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

Just a Touch of Jet Lag Well….. that was a mission and a half. 11hrs from Perth to Dubai, 3.5hr layover in Dubai, 14.5hrs from Dubai to Sao Paulo, 3hr layover in Sao Paulo, 5.5hrs from Sao Paulo to Lima, met driver in Lima and drove 7hrs through the night, arriving in Huaraz at 0530 this morning. Rest day in …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: Diving in the Deep End

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

When Diving in the Deep End, Don’t Forget Your Floaties! I am currently at Perth airport on my way to Peru for Practice Run No.2 where I’ll be attempting: Yanapaccha (5460m) Chopicalqui (6354m) Aplamayo (5947m) I know I am well and truly out of my depth on this one, but I have my floaties so I’ll be fine. I’ll send …

View Post

Practice Run No.2: The Objectives

In Practice Run No.2by Steve

Objective: Yanapaccha 5460m, Chopicalqui 6354m & Alpamayo 5947m, Peru After my trip to New Zealand last year (Practice Run No.1), I had set myself some objectives I wanted to achieve this year. Then with wrist surgery at the beginning of the year followed by a long and protracted rehab period, I was about to call this year a write off and …