Peru Cordillera Blanca
Peru's Cordillera Blanca is one of the most magnificent mountain ranges in the world. It is renowned for beautiful, steep, glaciated peaks with excellent snow, rock and ice climbing. Couple that with stable weather in the summer months, and you've got a recipe for awesome alpine climbing!
We have experience on a variety of peaks and routes in the Cordillera Blanca. Our scheduled trip for June 2022 is packed with awesome peaks and includes:
- Urus Este
Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca is an engaging high altitude experience. The routes are demanding and require excellent fitness and solid technical skill with ice axe, crampons, steep snow, alpine ice and basic rock climbing/scrambling.
Some of the routes on our itinerary (Tocllaraju and Yanapaccha) are committing, meaning that once you start the technical climbing, it's not easy to simply turn around if you're not doing well with the altitude, are feeling fatigued or are not climbing safely.
If you're unsure if this trip is right for you, email us and we'll make sure you have the requisite physical fitness and technical skill level for this program. If this is your first time climbing with us, we'll review your climbing resume to ensure you'll have a great climb in Peru.
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ItineraryTo Be Determined
❏ Climbing Helmet
❏ Headlamp - with fresh batteries
❏ Climbing harness (alpine or rock harness)
❏ Two Locking carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc
❏ Climbing boots - LaSportiva trango, Scarpa Charmoz or similar
❏ Gaiters - OR mini gaiters to keep snow out of boots
❏ Crampons (Steel crampons that are compatible with your boots)
❏ Ice Axe (55 to 65cm Axe)
❏ Trekking Poles - adjustable preferred
❏ Sun Hat
❏ Sun Glasses
❏ Warm Hat
❏ 2x Buffs or face masks (These are for warmth and wind protection and are
required for Covid-19 face coverings)
❏ Long sleeve base layer top
❏ 1 to 2 fleece weight upper layers (I'm using a Patgonia R1 and Nano Air)
❏ Puffy - Mid Weight Down/synthetic, Patagonia Fitzroy or similar
❏ Waterproof Shell Jacket with Hood - Gore-Tex (or similar) - basic, lightweight shell, NOT
❏ Gloves-TWO pair
❏ one pair light/mid weight for warm temps
❏ one mid/heavy weight for cold
❏ Socks - TWO pair. Both mid-weight wool/synthetic
❏ Underwear - wool/synthetic
❏ Sports Bra - wool/synthetic
❏ Goggles (bring to gear check, we may choose to leave at the car depending on Weather
❏ Long johns (bring to gear check, we may choose to leave at the car depending on Weather
Camping & Backpacking Gear
❏ Sleeping Bag (20F) - down preferred due to weight and pack-ability.
❏ Sleeping Pad - Inflatables are comfortable, but make sure it is insulated for sleeping on
snow! Therm-a-rest NeoAir X-Therm or X-Lite are expensive, but excellent.
❏ Compression Stuff sack for sleeping bag
❏ Backpack - 50L (or the smallest bag that fits all of your gear and your share of the group
gear). Black Diamond Speed 50 or similar work well for this.
❏ Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
❏ Lip Balm (with SPF)
Food and water
❏ Two freeze dried dinner meals (or meals that can be made with just hot water):
I recommend Backpacker's Pantry Pad Thai, and Mountain House Pasta Primavera, but
everyone has strong opinions on freeze dried meals. If you know you don’t like or do
well with Freeze Dried, please let me know and I will forward some
❏ Two Breakfasts:
Grits with cheese, oatmeal, cold cereal with powdered milk, bagel and cream cheese,
PB and J sandwich, mountain house freeze dried.
Bring whatever sounds appealing for a midnight breakfast.
❏ Instant Coffee (if you’re a coffee drinker, now is a bad time to kick the habit!)
❏ Decaffeinated tea for evening hot drink
❏ Cup of 1⁄2 liter Nalgene Bottle (for hot drinks). I prefer the 1⁄2 liter Nalgene so that I can
use it for water on the climb as well.
To keep things light and compact, I use the freeze dried dinner bag for my breakfast
bowl, but some people don’t like the remaining flavors. If that’s the case, bring a light
bowl (lightweight tupperware works great)
❏ Spoon - choose a long handled spoon if you’re eating freeze dried food out of the bag.
Normal spoons make it hard to reach the food and it gets messy.
❏ Snack Food - 3 days worth of snacks. I usually break this down as:
❏ Water - bring two liters capacity. I prefer using a 1⁄2 Liter Nalgene for hot drinks and a
soft/collapsible 2L Hyrdrapack Bottle) Please bring at least one hard sided water
❏ Hand Sanitizer (Bring extra due to increased use for Covid-19)
❏ Toilet Paper
❏ First Aid/blister Kit
❏ Chemical hand warmers
❏ Hydration System (Camelback, etc). Please bring an additional hard sided water bottle if
you choose to bring a hydration system.
Know Before You Go
Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Technical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪
Yanapacha and Tocllaraju are rated PD+ and D in the French Alpine Climbing grading system. This means a range from moderate snow climbing to fairly serious climbs of rock, snow and/or ice with pitches up to severe standards. What that boils down to is that these climbs are demanding technically!
Physical Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪
Climbing in the Cordillera Blanca is You should be in excellent physical condition no matter which routes you choose for your private program!
You set the length of this trip!
June 16-July 3, 2022
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