Mind. Blown.

With the sun getting fairly low, I had to push on with the descent which, being on a fairly loose rock dirt road, I couldn’t take too quickly.  With my intended destination of Yanama still a long way off, I decided to find a spot to camp and managed to find a flat bit of ground on a ridge, just hidden from the road.  It was a suitably spectacular spot to cap off a fantastic day – arguably my best so far.

Despite a mild headache from the altitude (4300m), you can’t help but smile when this is the view from your tent in the morning!

After a fairly slow start – my legs were pretty stiff from the hiking – I continued the descent towards Yanama. Stopping to fill up water bottles…

I considered pushing on towards Chacas but the previous day had taken a toll and a puncture a few kms short of Yanama made my mind up for me! The view from the balcony at the Hostel (Global) was pretty great – the sky looking a little menacing for the first time since I arrived in the Cordillera Blanca…


  1. Great pix and story line!
    Am I jealous? Would I survive? Would I get lost? Answer definitely “yes” to at least two questions…..
    What temp extremes have you been through?
    Keep going and look forward to next report
    All best wishes

    1. Thanks Chris – it’s been perfect riding weather so far. 20C or so during the day – hot sun but cool in the shade. Can get down to below zero at night but the sleeping bag has performed well so far! Bolivia could be a different matter…

  2. Campbell. this is superb. love reading your blog and the pictures are awesome.
    A shame you don’t have a picture of you holding your bike aloft at the top of the highest peak! but i guess you probably didn’t have the energy to lift 50Kgs or whatever the crazy weight of your bike is?
    The climb over the tunnel looks like great tarmac for road biking?

    1. Thanks Ed! Yep, a little too heavy to lift the bike! After my culling of superfluous gear, I think I’m down to about 43kg now!!
      Yep, it would be a fantastic climb on a road bike too if you went through the tunnel (there is a Strava segment for it!). There are plenty like it too – just quite geographically separated! If you knew the routes/terrain, you could do a great lightweight bikepacking-style tour, staying in hostels every night. Might need a gravel/adventure bike though! Euro 20?!!

  3. Another truly inspiring blog, with even more sensational pics of stunning clarity.
    The scale and steepness of those switchbacks are breathtaking – far surpassing the TdF equivalents.
    After all that effort, I hope you bought an ice cream for Sally too!

  4. Epic Campbell! You look like your having a great time! Those mountains look amazing!
    I defo need to get a theta as well! All about the 360s!

  5. Yikes you are starting to look proper Neanderthal !! Omg to wet tent and dodgy tum, gosh what a story you have every week compared to the 9-5 Groundhog Day slog – amazing and so brave, love your work!

    Stunning pics and hope you found beer on your birthday and had one or five for Ben X

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