Peru 1987

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The southeast face of Alpamayo (5947m, 19,600') from base camp

Our base camp was at about 15,500' below the southeast face of Alpamayo. I took this photo the first morning about 10 minutes after sunrise. The southwest face, where we are headed, is just behind the left skyline. To get to our high camp, we head up onto a glacier in the foreground over a pass left of this photo.

Before we did this we planned several days of aclimitization. The first day we hiked over to get a view of Talliraju, a spectacular and difficult peak. The weather during this trip was fantastic, every morning was perfectly clear. Some days clouds from the Amazon would wander in by noon but they never really amounted to much.