Yes it is indeed a nice mountain. Although we had some problems with one of our team member getting severe sick from his stomach. We needed a horse to get him back the 2-daytrail from BC to the next road, because he was to weak to walk.
Everybody who goes to Peru: take care with the food and don´t eat meat there!
I don't see, what should be stupid or ridiculous with this comment. I don't refer to a wide range of tourists. This is a mountaineering site! This comment is my personal experience during mountaineering. In our group one member got seriously sick from salmonellae. He was so weak, we needed a horse to get him back in to civilisation. I met at least two other independent travelling mountaineers who also suffered severe stomach sickness.
There is for sure a statistic peak of those infections, that catch up to travelling mountaineers from the northern hemisphere. I also mountaineered in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Nepal and all European countries of the Alps, but in any other country never met such a strong risc of getting sick from food.
There is for sure a relation to low hygenic standards in Peru.
We weren't laughing at the mountain, we were
laughing "with" the mountain! The South
American peaks are always fasinating to look
at, whether they resemble whipped cream or
not. If I ever tried to attempt what some of
these outstanding ice and snow climbers are
doing, I would be nothing but "creamed." :)