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Picos

These photos are of our six day trek from Tabay to Pico Espejo (4765m) at the top of the teleferico by way of Pico Humboldt (4942m) and Pico Bolivar (5007m). None of these photos can do justice to the stunning beauty of the mountains.

This trek was, by far, the toughest thing that we have every done. The Andes are very steep mountains and the trek was very long. We made it to the glacier on the top of Humboldt, about 200m from the top. Unfortunately, we were too slow climbing so, by the time we arrived, the glacier was too soft and there was avalanche danger. Peter made it to within 20 meters of the peak of Pico Bolivar but, there too, the snow was too soft to risk the last few feet.
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Gear sorted
Gear sorted
Truck to the start
Truck to the start
Slow traffic
Slow traffic
Listo! (2100m)
Listo! (2100m)
Nelson carrys an incredible load
Nelson carrys an incredible load
Smiles on the first day
Smiles on the first day
Beautiful waterfall
Beautiful waterfall
Rainforest
Rainforest
Lunch stop rest
Lunch stop rest
Goal in the distance
Goal in the distance
Stream crossing
Stream crossing
First camp (3200m)
First camp (3200m)
Laguna Coromoto
Laguna Coromoto
Jackie with smile
Jackie with smile
Laguna Coromoto
Laguna Coromoto
Peter
Peter
Narrow bridge
Narrow bridge
The boys take a break
The boys take a break
Above Laguna Coromoto
Above Laguna Coromoto
Others doing some wall climbing
Others doing some wall climbing
Still a long way
Still a long way
Always climbing
Always climbing
Humboldt (4942m)
Humboldt (4942m)
Humboldt and Laguna Verde
Humboldt and Laguna Verde
Resting again?
Resting again?
Camp and Laguna Verde
Camp and Laguna Verde
Our tent, Jackie´s legs
Our tent, Jackie´s legs
Second camp (4200m)
Second camp (4200m)
Sunset
Sunset
Above Laguna Verde
Above Laguna Verde
Jackie´s bum
Jackie´s bum
Jackie trailing
Jackie trailing
Steep climb to Humboldt
Steep climb to Humboldt
Lunch break ( approx.4850m)
Lunch break ( approx.4850m)
Jackie on the glacier
Jackie on the glacier
Peter above
Peter above
On Humboldt´s glacier
On Humboldt´s glacier
Nelson visits a shrine
Nelson visits a shrine
Laguna Verde
Laguna Verde
Back in camp
Back in camp
Wild puppy
Wild puppy
Tomorrrow´s trek
Tomorrrow´s trek
Long way to climb
Long way to climb
Fresh mountain water
Fresh mountain water
Very steep
Very steep
More climbing
More climbing
Jackie´s a little unwell
Jackie´s a little unwell
Stunning mountains
Stunning mountains
Junio
Junio
Peter on the edge
Peter on the edge
Last night´s camp
Last night´s camp
Jackie & Junio
Jackie & Junio
Green valley
Green valley
Bolivar base camp (4800m)
Bolivar base camp (4800m)
In our tent
In our tent
Peaks
Peaks
Up Bolivar
Up Bolivar
Long way down
Long way down
Almost vertical
Almost vertical
Nelson takes care of us
Nelson takes care of us
Very treacherous
Very treacherous
Just short of our goal
Just short of our goal
From (near) the top
From (near) the top
Sheer cliffs
Sheer cliffs
Peter coming down
Peter coming down
Down is easy
Down is easy
Here comes Nelson
Here comes Nelson
Straight down
Straight down
Grio heads down
Grio heads down
Peter having fun
Peter having fun
Down really is easiest
Down really is easiest
Almost there
Almost there
Snow that evening
Snow that evening
Camp in the morning
Camp in the morning
Our final goal
Our final goal
Yesterday´s climb
Yesterday´s climb
Close up
Close up
Wider view
Wider view
Packing up
Packing up
Back from the loo (everywhere)
Back from the loo (everywhere)
Looking back to Humboldt
Looking back to Humboldt
Pico Espejo (4765m)
Pico Espejo (4765m)
The last climb
The last climb
Telling the tale
Telling the tale
Buddies back at last
Buddies back at last
Juan Felix Sanchez chapel
Juan Felix Sanchez chapel
On the road to Los Llanos
On the road to Los Llanos
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