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Peru Salkantay Trek 2018 Begins!

Our team arrived in Cusco yesterday and all gathered for a fine 3 course lunch at the El Mercado hotel. Many of the trekkers are long time friends and others have done many trips with Alpine Ascents already. It is … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek: Mary and Gordon Make it to Cusco!

Hi Folks, This is Mary, Guide Operations Manager, checking in from beautiful Cusco Peru where we are getting ready to embark on the Sacred Valley and Lares tour. Along with our Director of Programs, Gordon Janow, I’ll be sharing our … Continue reading

Machu Pichu Lodge Trek (Team Muchos Piscos) arrives at Machu Picchu!

Today, our team explored Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world and the final destination of our trek! We got up early to catch the bus up to the Inca citadel, and found long lines of people waiting with us.  A Machu Picchu guide gave us a tour around many well […]

Machu Pichu Lodge Trek (Team Muchos Piscos) gains first view of Machu Picchu!

Hello friends and family! Today our trekking team sadly left our last lodge behind. The lodges have been amazing. Each one with a unique cultural theme, so much attention to detail and comfort while strewn throughout the mountainous Andes of Peru, we will all miss them! After an early breakfast we hiked a few thousand feet […]

Machu Pichu Lodge Trek (Team Muchos Piscos) nears their final destination through the cloud forest to Lucma lodge!

Our team enjoyed a fun night at the Colpa lodge last night celebrating Rosa Cobos birthday and learning how to make Pisco Sour’s, our namesake! Pisco, the national beverage of Peru, is made from distilling fermented grapes and was brought to Peru from Spain in the 16th century. We learned the special recipe for the […]

Machu Pichu Lodge Trek (Team Muchos Piscos) enjoys an eventful day from Wayra Lodge to Colpa Lodge!

Today our team left the comforts of Wayra Lodge and hiked 6 miles and 3,000 ft down to the Colpa Lodge that sits in the cloud forest at 9,414 ft (2,870m). Cloud forests are found on mountains from 11,000-1,500 ft. in the tropics in areas that receive a lot of rain.  Home to a huge […]

Machu Pichu Lodge Trek (Team Muchos Piscos) climbs Salcantay Pass!

Hello friends and family! Today our team  climbed up and over Salcantay Pass which rests at 15,200 ft. (4,638m)! We started at 7 am and hiked up the Rio Blanca river. At first the mountain was obscured by fog but the powerful sun burned off the clouds giving us incredible views of Salcantay Peak. It was a sustained, […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part I: Strategy

    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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