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Conditions on Alpamayo and Huascaran?

Hey folks,

Does anybody have updated information about avalanche conditions on Alpamayo and Huascaran? Was snowfall normal this season?

Planning on going there in beg-mid August...

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Cordillera Blanca Climbing Course-July 2014

I'm travelling to Huaraz and hoping to do a 6 day mountaineering course around 20th July 2014 and am looking for one or two others to join the group in order to make it feasible. Have climbed in this range quite a few times but looking to develop more skills so that I can be more independent in these mountains when I return each year. This link gives an idea of what would be ...
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Two Italians missing on Alpamayo


Missing since Saturday 31st of May. Helicopter has been out twice as far as I know, with no success. Unfortunately, I know these guys quite well, having climbed with them a number of times over the last couple of years. Two of them have made it back safely to BC, two are still missing.

One of the two that are missing was a colleague of mine. I took him up his first 4K summit ...
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Illiniza and Antisana

I'm looking to talk with anyone who has climbed Illiniza Sur and/or Antisana Sur.

If anyone has experience with either of these mountains and would be willing to answer a few questions then please let me know.


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Cordillera Blanca Conditions 2014

I´m initiating this topic in order for people to help each other out since it is in fact an El Niño year, and maybe this topic will help others in planning.

Rain is in fact taking a little too long to disappear. I was in Ishinca valley last week climbing Urus and Ishinca. Climbable but conditions weren´t perfect. Tocllaraju´s west face was super packed with snow, and other west facing faces are similar and should ...
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Electrolyte powder in Peru

Can anyone in here tell me if you can buy any type of electrolyte powder in Peru, preferably Huaraz, but if not, Lima would be ok?
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Chile-Bolivia-Peru May-June-July

My wife Susan and I are currently working our way north from Chile to Peru (flying back to the UK at the end of July).

It's a backpacking trip with a bit of mountaineering thrown in. We've got a rope, harnesses, axes and crampons with us as well as a minimal rack for safety on glaciated terrain.

We've attempted a couple of peaks so far on the trip (Cerro del Plomo 5424m near to Santiago ...
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Pulling trigger on Aconcagua. Questions.

Sorry for all the questions but it will best for me to ask them all at once than over multiple posts.

- I am interested to know whether people have a preference to go in December (colder/less busy) or in January (warmer/busier)

- I've done Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Island Peak and Huayna Potosi. I have never really had issues with altitude apart from one day on Elbrus we went from 2100m to 4500m and back down ...
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El Nino in the Cordillera Blanca?

I understand this is an El Nino year for Peru. Does anyone know what that means for weather in the Cordillera Blanca during the climbing season (e.g. June-August)? I've heard that precipitation is likely to be significantly higher than normal.
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Anyone been to Huascaran in late July early August? What were the conditions? thanks!
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