Choquequirao Hike – Day 6

Day 6 of my Choquequirao hike would be a routine day of hiking. I woke up in Marampata at the campsite below. From here it would be a 4,537 foot drop back down to the apurimac canyon and a smaller climb back up (according to maps.me). Just for reference, the Empire State building is 1,454 feet tall. My plan was to stay at the first campsite I stayed at on night one (Chiquisca). Since I stayed an extra night at the Choquequirao campsite, my travel companions were already ahead of me.  I took a few pictures of the little things I noticed on the way down. I was not really taking in the grander sights as much as the smaller ones today. Those of you that don’t like crawly things may not appreciate some of the imagery below. I am not a person that is bothered by spiders at all. However,…

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Day 273 – A day on buses & the time I got stuck crossing the border

I spent the majority of my day on buses. The first was a crossing into Argentina through the Dorotea border crossing. Being here brought back some pretty funny memories… Flashback about 2 years ago when I was first here. The last time I was at this border I was denied entry into Argentina because I failed to reproduce my reciprocity fee paper. Argentina and Chile have laws such that if their citizens are charged for a visa to enter a coutry, they will charge the same amount to those from that country. I had paid my fee and had gotten stamped into the country in Buenos Aires so I assumed (incorrectly) that I would be ok. I had left that paper in my bag which I had stored at the hostel which I was heading towards in Argentina. I pleaded my case with the agent explaining that I would never…

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Day 159 – Hiking Mt. Lady Macdonald

Today was an epic hiking day with Sam. We had decided to hike Lady Macdonald which was about a 4000 food elevation gain. We hit the trail at around 12:30 and stopped frequently  to take pictures. The views were varied and breathtaking. It has been extremely difficult to pick and choose the best photos of the day because there were so many incredible shots. I’ve probably spent 3hrs whittling down the photo collection to this large bunch. During one of our photo shoots something funny happened. Sam put his bag down and while I was recording a video (and he was narrating it) it started to tumble down the mountain. Enjoy the video of that moment. A little side lighting on the mountains At the end of the official trail there is a wooden helipad. Sam and I continued on after that and hit the first peak. Once there we…

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Day 92 – The Yellowstone Backcountry

The morning of August 28th I made a feeble attempt at posting some of the remaining content from the prior days at the Yellowstone West Entrance Visitor Center. I was able to upload one post that I had mostly done but the wifi was so slow I opted to grab some breakfast at the woodside bakery and head into the park to start my hike. I packed my bag with more clothing than usual since the weather is starting to change and I need more layers to keep warm. With that spirit in mind I decided it would be a good time to start increasing the weight of my bag so that I would be used to the weight by the time I had to contend with it. I also added more food and water than I typically carry. When I threw the bag on I immediately felt the difference,…

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Winter Camping Lessons, Rocky Mountain National Park

On a winter camping trip to the Rockies I learned a bunch of lessons. Lesson #1 Digging out the footprint for your tent is time consuming and extremely exhausting after a long hike. The snow was over a foot deep and very dry which made packing it and staking the tent very difficult. Lesson #2 In sub freezing temperatures sleep with a hard shell water bottle not a soft one. In an effort to stay light I used a collapsible Nalgene canteen which I use in the summer. It performed just fine until I rolled over it inside my sleeping bag. I was drenched and the temperature hit -3 F that night. It sucked… Lesson #3 In subzero temperatures sleep with your fuel canister. Although I had the Jetboil isobutane/propane mix it failed to produce a consistent flame because of the cold. It sputtered frequently making cooking breakfast and melting…

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