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Trip Reports : Peru
Climbing And Environmental Work In Peru

A Brief Summary of the trip:

After 10 months of planning and research to visit Peru, my six-week climbing and environmental research blitz in Peru came to an end November 2, 2009 with a 30-hour trip back home to Atlanta, Georgia. What struck me most after this visit was how beautiful these mountains are and that they have a great potential for vast and varied climbing. I was also struck by how wonderful and hospitable the Peruvian people are.

Another important aspect of the visit for me was that this climbing expedition’s focus was not solely on making that next summit but to provide beneficial environmental information to the Peruvian people so they could keep their beautiful mountains as pristine… [view report]

Kellogg Grant Recipient Abroad: Cordillera Blanca 2011

Frank Nederhand has a lengthy write-up of his research in Peru. Check out the full PDF report (link below) to learn about The Cordillera Blanca 2011 Environmental Expedition. Frank's research was partially supported by a Lara-Karena Bitenieks Kellogg Memorial Conservation Grant.

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Climbs In The Cordillera Blanca

I went to Peru in early June of 2006 for three months, hoping to climb some of the finest mountains on Earth. After arriving in Lima I headed straight to Huaraz, the "Chamonix of South America." Once I had acclimatized on four smaller peaks, I went to the Ishinca Valley, intending to climb the west face of Tocallraju (6,032 meters).

After a failed attempt due to stomach problems, I teamed up with Evan Sloan of Boulder, Colorado, and climbed the left side of the west face, staying well to the left of the normal route. The route consisted of about nine pitches of mostly ice and snow climbing, averaging 60 to 70 degrees, with… [view report]

Frogs in Peru: Grant Winning Research

Check out Tracie Seimon's report on her project titled "Monitoring the World’s Highest Amphibian Populations as they respond to Climate Change in the Peruvian Andes."  This project was partially supported by an AAC Nikwax Alpine Bellwether Grant.

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FA on La Esphinge, Peru


Mountain Fellowship Recipient Zack Martin offer this report of his new climb in Peru. This impressive route clocks in at 5.12a A3+ was a huge mental and physical test for both Zack and his partner Joe Vallone.  Read Zack's epic saga below.

Funded by the American Alpine Club Youth Fellowship Award, our small team set out on June 17th 2001 to establish a new ascent on the Peruvian gem… [view report]