Cordillera Blanca 2018, Death & Failure

Planning my return to the Cordillera Blanca, something in my gut felt off a few weeks before heading out. So much so that a month before flying out I dramatically reduced the length of my trip without really any good reason. Maybe I felt that my success rate of 100% in South America the previous [...]

Artesonraju, The North Ridge

Initially when planning my first Cordillera Blanca trip, like probably many others, I had the target of climbing Alpamyo.  It’s a beautiful peak with a reasonably moderate route to the top.  Logistics should be easy with plenty of companies running up and down the peak.  However, in the back of my mind, I had always been more drawn to Aresonraju.  I don’t actually know when it first got planted in my mind, but it was stuck in there.  As I searched for an operator to support an Alpamayo climb, I couldn’t help but feel that I was selling my aspirations a little bit short.[...]