Walk the Ausangate Trek

Walk the Ausangate Trek

Take a journey on the Ausangate Trek with a day-by-day video diary. If you watch it while breathing through a straw, you'll get a small idea how it was breathing at elevations between 13,000 - 17,000 feet.

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The Road to PROMESA - Day 1

The Road to PROMESA - Day 1

On Tuesday, October 17, the journey of ten individuals began to circumnavigate the Ausangate Mountain (highest peak in the Cusco region). Through this Trek of nearly 61 miles we hoped to build a road for the PROMESA school in Cusco, Peru. Each trekker raised funds for the road prior to setting out on this incredible and challenging journey through the Peruvian Andes. 

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The Road to PROMESA -Day 2

The Road to PROMESA -Day 2

It’s not often that you wake up at 14,500 ft to a view of a snow capped mountain, day 2 was just such a morning. There were a few morning headaches amongst the group, but thanks to a little Peruvian red & white pill (mostly caffeine), we were ready to face the day.  

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The Road to PROMESA - Day 3

The Road to PROMESA - Day 3

Emerging from a warm sleeping bag, when you know there is snow and cold air awaiting you on the other side of the nylon tent, is quite difficult. Despite the struggle, Day 3 would prove to be the most challenging, and yet, the most rewarding day on the trek.

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The Road to PROMESA - Day 5

The Road to PROMESA - Day 5

False summit - this was the theme of the morning. When you think you've finally reached the top, only to discover that there is still another knob, and then another, and the obstacles to the summit kept coming around every bend. I'll admit it was a little deflating after about five false summits.

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News Coverage of Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

News Coverage of Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

While on the mountain I was not able to get cell coverage, apparently I should have brought tinfoil to fashion a better antenna. Then when we returned to the lodge there were continual power issues, thus making wifi access a bit of a challenge. Needless to say, I didn't post after the few safari updates. I'm still amazed that I had access to wifi in the middle of Tanzania, oh the modern advances we have come to find necessary.

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Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 3

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 3

Settled into the routine of life on the mountain, it was now normal to wake up with the morning tea/coffee and wash bin set outside of the tent. Opening the tent and seeing a blanket of clouds below was truly surreal. So to fully enjoy the view, breakfast was served alfresco, no tent to hinder the view.

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Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 4

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 4

This was the last morning for a wash bucket outside of the tent, because now our water source was limited to the stagnant pool at the base of the Mawenzi Tarn. Water was the purpose for our climb, and it became a theme throughout the climb.

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Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 6

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 6

The last day on the mountain was bitter sweet, being without a shower for 6 days was starting to show, but the routine of the mountain and camaraderie forged on the mountain between the guides, porters, and fellow climbers were incredible. Walking down the mountain was fast. The route to the bottom took us through the 5 ecological zones on the south side of Mt Kilimanjaro.

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