Tag: Peru

2019 TAPS Team Explores Cusco!

Hola friends, family and loved ones! We had a great day in Cusco checking out the sights and sounds of the city. We visited several significant Inca ruins and started to learn about their culture and history. Look at the … Continue reading

2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek – Moody Mountain Passes

Hello Friends, Today we ventured into the “Land of 1000 Lakes” and crossed two high mountain passes. We started our hike in Quiswarani (a small village) and headed towards our first pass called Huchuyccasa at 14,505’, where we were rewarded … Continue reading

2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek – Getting up High!

Hello Friends, This morning we headed out from the Lamay Lodge and drove to Amaru at 13,150’, where we set out for a hike to Challwacasa Pass. We were greeted by a family of burros, who helped carry some gear … Continue reading

2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek Tours Cusco

Hi Friends, This morning we awoke to a deluge of rain and decided to postpone our tour of Cusco in hopes of sunnier skis. Fortunately the afternoon provided us with clearer skies, and we had a great tour of some … Continue reading

2018 Sacred Valley Peru Trek Begins!

Hello friends and family, This is Victor checking in from Cusco, Peru with the Sacred Valley Trek to Machu Picchu. Our group of guests assembled at our lovely hotel today for a briefing with our local guide Silver Ballon, followed … Continue reading

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 2017: Off to Machu Picchu!

Hi Folks, Gordon and I are checking in from the beautiful Inkaterra Hotel at the gateway to Machu Picchu. Believe or not, we’re in the jungle! The hotel has 378 varieties of orchids on its grounds along with a tea … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Down the Inca Trail

Hi Folks, Today was another mix of incredibly scenic trekking coupled with fascinating exploration of Incan culture. From Lares Pass (14,566′), we hiked down the Incan trail to the small community of Totora (12,070′). For the roughly four hours we … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Day Two

Hi Folks, We just wrapped up another wonderful day in the Sacred Valley. After saying farewell to our jacuzzi llamas, we strolled through the small town of Lamay and picked up bags of freshly baked bread to hand out to … Continue reading

Sacred Valley and Lares Trek 2017: Day One

Hi Folks, We just wrapped up our first official day of the Sacred Valley + Lares Adventure and we are currently communing with llamas WHILE in a jacuzzi. If you don’t believe me, scroll down to the bottom of this … Continue reading

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    By Trevor Husted  As part of our Guide Skills Development Series, this next post focuses on the importance of mentorship in guiding and where to find it.  Look into the origins of the word mentor and you will find links to Greek Mythology, more specifically Homer’s poem “The Odyssey.” In this epic, Odysseus goes off […]

  • Find your people. Find your community.

    by Liane Lau Arriving to the Alpine Ascents Seattle Office at 0630 for gear check – made me question my life choices. To be an effective mountaineer, you should be a combination of a marathon runner, a weight-lifter, and a climber. I am none of those things. I don’t even particularly like those things. The […]

  • Plants of Washington and their Native Roots

    By Kate Keith-Simms Plants provide invaluable insight not only to the spaces they inhabit, but also to those who live upon the land. Since time immemorial, Native American communities have foraged, hunted, and thrived on the resources the land offers. This is a short pick of a few plants of Washington used by specific Native […]

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