TAPS Peru Trek Begins!

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TAPS on tour in Peru

Hola friends, family and loved ones,

The team woke up early to see the sights of Cusco and the surrounding area. Cusco, known as the “Navel of the Universe” by the Inca, is home to some fascinating pre-Columbian ruins. Today we visited three of the major sights and also had some time to watch a really interesting demonstration by some master weavers, who use local plants and insects as the source of their fabric dyes.

And, of course, some shopping and visiting with more furry friends.

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We were all left blown away by the architectural and engineering feats of the Incas and are eager to continue to learn more about them as we trek the Inca Trail. At the end of another jam packed day, everyone  is feeling good and acclimatizing well.

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Thanks for following the TAPS Expedition,

Carole & Vern

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Team members summited Chopicalqui! Hi everyone! The team returned to Huaraz. They are all doing well. Congratulations to Katrina and Jonathan who took the team’s flag to the summit of Chopicalqui (20.848 ft / 6.354 m). Congrats as well to Lacy, Sandra and Dennis for their great performance along the expedition. Team members enjoyed a nice farewell dinner last night and are currently traveling to Lima to take their flights back home. Thanks much for following us! All the best! Team Peru

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The summit of Chopicalqui

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Alpine Ascents climbers on Chopicalqui

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Jonathan on top of Chopicalqui

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Kat at the summit of Chopicalqui

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Rapelling a steep section

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Team up at 16,400 feet – heading to high Camp tomorrow

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Dennis calling from the Peru Hut after a successful climb of Pisco Oeste

Alpine Ascents rope teams about to get to the summit of Pisco Oeste

Alpine Ascents rope teams about to get to the summit of Pisco Oeste

The two pyramids in the middle of the picture are Alpamayo and Huascaran pboto taken from the summit of Pisco Oeste

The two pyramids in the middle of the picture are Alpamayo and Huascaran pboto taken from the summit of Pisco Oeste

the rope team descending from the summit of Pisco with the two Huascarans in the background

the rope team descending from the summit of Pisco with the two Huascarans in the background

The Huandoys as seen at sunrise from high on Pisco. Peru-Cordillera Blanca

The Huandoys as seen at sunrise from high on Pisco. Peru-Cordillera Blanca

 

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Team above 16,000 on Pisco – summit attempt tomorrow

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THE ALPINE ASCENTS PERU TEAM SUMMITED URUS & ISHINCA

The team has just returned to Andino Hotel in Huaraz after spending some days in the beautiful Peruvian mountains. They summited Urus Este (17,782ft / 5,420m) and Ishinca (18,138ft / 5,530m). They told us that the views of the surrounding mountains were fantastic! Big congrats to Lacy, Kat, Sandra, Jonathan and Dennis!

They are having a rest day at lower elevation today and tomorrow, they will head towards Pisco Oeste and Chopicalqui.

The team is doing well and send their love to family and friends.

Enjoy the pictures of their climbs! More soon!

Stay tuned.

The Peru Team on the summit of Ishinca

The Peru Team on the summit of Ishinca

Alpine Ascents rope teams on the Ishinca glacier with Ranrapalca in the background

Alpine Ascents rope teams on the Ishinca glacier with Ranrapalca in the background

Alpine Ascents rope team advancing towards the Ishinca summit

Alpine Ascents rope team advancing towards the Ishinca summit

AAI climbers nearing the summit of Ishinca. Cordillera Blanca Peru

AAI climbers nearing the summit of Ishinca. Cordillera Blanca Peru

Tocllaraju and Palcaraju from the Ishinca summit

Tocllaraju and Palcaraju from the Ishinca summit

Palcaraju from Ishinca

Palcaraju from Ishinca

The Ishinca Hut staff with the cake that they prepared for us

The Ishinca Hut staff with the cake that they prepared for us

The rocky summit of Urus Este

The rocky summit of Urus Este

Climbers traversing on the Urus glacier

Climbers traversing on the Urus glacier

Kat with Urus in the background

Kat climbing Urus

 

 

 

 

 

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