Put to the Test

I woke to cloud over the mountains above me (including the pass)…

 

And the freezing temperatures overnight made the morning’s chores a little trickier…

But, once the sun came over the mountain, things started to warm up…

The climb was really hard work, not least due to the altitude (I’d camped at 4500m and the pass is at 4990m), but also due to the loose surface, steep gradients and scattered rockfalls.

After two hours, I made it to the top to be met by some stunning views…

Once I’d got my breath back and I set about the descent through an, at times, rather bleak landscape…

11 Comments

  1. Brilliant stuff Campbell! Looks incredible and you detail it so well, keep them coming mate and mind the sprinklers!

  2. Haven’t read the new post yet, but I thought you should know that I’ll be calling you ‘huanca-velica’ when you get back! Happy cycling…!

  3. Good stuff Campbell! I loved Colca Canyon so would recommend, but had to make a choice between that and Titicaca myself which was a difficult one. You’ll enjoy either obviously.

    1. My route does potentially give me the option to dive off to Colca if I have a change of heart but I think it’s probably a case of ‘you cannot do everything’! I feel like progress South would be a good thing for me right now!

  4. Your outstanding narrative and pictures succeed in dropping your incomparable high-altitude scenery and engaging experiences into your readers’ predominantly low-altitude lives so effectively that we can almost breathe and share the lung-cleansing air.

  5. Loving your blog Campbell, the little details bring the great pictures to life. Perfect read while sitting here drinking coffee and thinking about virtual reality on a hot Shoreditch morning.

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