What a climb! Standing on the summit of Peru’s Alpamayo was one of the highlights of my climbing career. No, it was not the highest, most famous or deadly but it was technically challenging, physical sustaining and incredibly rewarding.
It was fun, simply fun …
In my normal manner for all my climbs I have added a few pages to my site to document the expedition:
I think what made this climb so special was the fact that once I saw the Southwest face of Alpamayo in person, my jaw dropped. It was high and steep in person. For a moment, I didn’t know if I had what it took to climb it. This was the type of face, young kids did, not 55 year-olds! But I did.
The climb to the Col Camp at 18,000′ had been fun and my training had paid off but still, 1500 feet of non-stop technical ice climbing to 19,500′ was another level. Each step up the Face required total, uncompromised concentration. I focused on technique to the exclusion of any other thought. When I did look back where I just climbed, my stomach fluttered.
The feeling on the summit was one of the reasons I climb. At the end of the summit video posted on the trip report you will hear an unfiltered reaction.
This trip epitomized that “Memories are Everything”. You can read the trip report and see more pictures and videos at Alpamayo 2012 Trip Report
Memories are Everything