Early morning on Ranrapalca
To climb Ishinca means an alpine start. The first few hours you'll walk in darkness. It's a clear and easy trail; the mountain is climbed so often that route finding is no problem. Apart from having to get up real early, the biggest problem is that it's cold. A good reason to keep a good pace.
Then, after a couple of hours, the sun comes out. Even if it will take a while before it gets warmer, sunrise is quite welcome, and if you've been walking fast, or started earlier than most, this image of Ranrapalca, illuminated by the first light, is your reward.
26 July 2011.