Nevado Churup (18,134 feet/5,495 meters) looms above our trail to Laguna Churup (14,685 feet/4,450 meters).
Our acclimatization hike turned into an acclimatization scramble up the rocks beside a waterfall at an elevation higher than any summit in the contiguous U.S.
After sleeping one night at the Blessed Relief Lodging, a Christian-owned guest house in Huaraz (10,200 feet/3,091 meters), we headed for Pitec and a hike up to Laguna Churup at 14,685 feet (4,450 meters). The last 500 feet (150 meters) was a scramble using hands and feet on slick rock and in thin air in the rain. The reward ...
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