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Practice Run No.2: Alpamayo Summit

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Sickness, Storms, Summit…. A two day leisurely trek along part of the Santa Cruz trail took us to Alpamayo Base Camp (~4300m). Trekking in I had been feeling great, but came down with something at Base Camp that knocked me for six. I had a sleepless night and woke with stomach pains, aching muscles and headache. As I was reasonably …

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Practice Run No.2: Chopicalqui Summit

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Back in Huaraz for Half Time After a good couple of days training and acclimatising on Yanapaccha (5460m), on 6th July we moved across to Chopicalqui Base Camp (~4300m). In the afternoon I walked up to Moraine Camp (~4900m) and then went back down for the night. 7th July we went to Moraine camp and slept the night, then on …

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Practice Run No.2: Acclimatisation Day Walk

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First view of Chopicalqui Today was just an acclimatisation day hike in the local valley from Huaraz. Went to 4100m and was feeling good. Pretty pleased, because while I didn’t admit it in my email yesterday, I was feeling…. let’s just say… far from ideal at that stage, having been plagued with throbbing headaches, nausea, stomach pains, etc all day. …

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Practice Run No.2: Made it to Huaraz

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Just a Touch of Jet Lag Well….. that was a mission and a half. 11hrs from Perth to Dubai, 3.5hr layover in Dubai, 14.5hrs from Dubai to Sao Paulo, 3hr layover in Sao Paulo, 5.5hrs from Sao Paulo to Lima, met driver in Lima and drove 7hrs through the night, arriving in Huaraz at 0530 this morning. Rest day in …

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Practice Run No.2: Diving in the Deep End

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When Diving in the Deep End, Don’t Forget Your Floaties! I am currently at Perth airport on my way to Peru for Practice Run No.2 where I’ll be attempting: Yanapaccha (5460m) Chopicalqui (6354m) Aplamayo (5947m) I know I am well and truly out of my depth on this one, but I have my floaties so I’ll be fine. I’ll send …

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Practice Run No.2: The Objectives

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Objective: Yanapaccha 5460m, Chopicalqui 6354m & Alpamayo 5947m, Peru After my trip to New Zealand last year (Practice Run No.1), I had set myself some objectives I wanted to achieve this year. Then with wrist surgery at the beginning of the year followed by a long and protracted rehab period, I was about to call this year a write off and …

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Broken Neck: Twelve Months On…..

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A Year To Remember! Now one year on, and I just wanted to say, to all my family and friends out there, thank you! A very big thank you!! Twelve months ago today my life was turned on its head, quite literally. Swimming at the beach I went head first into the sand. If I told you how big the …

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Practice Run No.1: Mt Aspiring Climb Video

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Mt Aspiring Climb – 333 days post broken neck. I like it when people doubt me, it gives me added motivation to prove them wrong. December 2014 after putting me in a halo brace to stabilise the fractured vertebra in my neck, Doctors told me that recovery would be minimum 12 months just to the point of being able to …