What account of Peru would be complete without a recounting of the most difficult day. So, here goes: we started out the day before, bright and early. But after one cold, restless night (it got below zero and there was a lot of getting up in the middle of the night), I decided I was in no shape for the most challenging day of the whole hike. So, I made a friend:

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Man, was this one the most stubborn mule ever. After a lot of hemming and hawing, we finally made it to the top. However, Tom was taking the scenic path:

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Yeah, that’s right. He even got this great view the same day while I was freezing at the top:

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But we finally both made it to the top, about 15000 feet above sea level. You can kind of see how someone converted from meters on the sign behind us.

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That’s all for today, enjoy the pics and I’ll post more of the trip soon.

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