Climbing Alpamayo was the alpine goal of my trip. I had seen photos of Scott Swaney and Aysel Gezik on the route one year ago and I was instantly attracted. The climbing looked “bad-ass.” It was such a beautiful line on such a beautiful mountain. So this year I decided to get more serious about ice climbing so that I could have a shot at climbing the route. I logged some milage at Lee Vining and in Ouray Colorado and I fine tuned my skills so that I would be confident leading ice at over 19,000 feet. I met Shawn Collins on this current trip in Peru who had climbed the route a month before me and his summit photo further inspired.


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