Peru
Jan 05

Some Peru images

By Trevor 2012, Peru Comments Off

Our trusty Peruvian Mountain Guide Koky (Juan Antonio) Castaneda, just sent me some pics.

This photo shows me negotiating wonderful wind-hammered snow at about 6000m on the South shoulder of Yerupaja.  It had been a bluebird day about 20mins before it was taken.  Weather changes fast at altitude. Funny to look at it from this perspective, because I was so consumed with filming Ptor, I didn’t realize what a crazy precipice we were on.  To the left is the famed West Face that was skied by Vallencant in the 70′s.

Usually a straight-on perspective ‘steepens’ slopes, but in this case the photo makes the slope look rather easy.  But it wasn’t.

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Nov 11

Peru Steeps Part 7: Iquitos

By Trevor 2011, Peru Comments Off

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The cinematic beginning of the ski trip took place in the truly dark and exotic amazonian city of Iquitos. Perched in the North-East corner of Peru, Iquitos is the unofficial start of the amazon. It’s overall charm is derived from the fact that it’s a city of 300,000 inhabitants with no roads accessing it. You either take a boat up the Amazon or fly. You get that ‘Havana’ atmosphere where all the buildings, cars and buses are preserved from a bygone era. Moreover, there is a sinister side to Iquitos that truly makes it such an intense place to visit. When I asked Nick why we were heading there, he simply stated, “the devil lives there.”

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Oct 03

Ptor Spricenieks. Huayhuash Peru

Ptor and I got to make a bunch of turns. Some steep, some easy, some icy and some a little softer. And that’s all that counts.  Making turns in the Southern Hemisphere where no one else has. Not many pictures though. As with the ratio above, so little time is spent skiing that very few ski photos emerge in this kind of terrain.  Usually I get a couple good action shots per ski line, but since I was filming most of the time on the Canon 5D, I really didn’t get any ski shots.

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Sep 23

In retrospect, navigating the glaciers was the crux of our ski trip.  At home on the coast, our huge snowfall fills in all the nooks and crannies. Not the case in Peru. We had two separate objectives and each time most planning was totally theoretical since we had no idea if we’d get through the glaciers.  But as with all these types of missions the path just seems to unfold. Just as you’re about to be turned back, a step or a little notch through a serac presents itself and you’re once again happy and sailing upward until the next obstacle.

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Sep 07

After setting up our tents in the most beautiful basecamp in the history of climbing, our thoughts turned to filming, climbing and skiing.  We made a plan to simultaneously acclimatize and scope our theoretical ski lines from some 4500m peaks across the valley.

Beautiful views of Jirishanca:

Yerupaja Chico and Jirishanca.

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Aug 25

Peru Steeps Part 3: the approach

By Trevor 2011, Peru Comments Off

Ptor Spricenieks and Yerupaja North Face

Landing late-night in Lima and cruising the empty streets with Ptor, looking for some food, was all too surreal. The immediacy of the trip and the fact that I hadn’t seen him in several years was a bit of a shock.  We soon headed up beautiful mountain roads to the city of Huarez at over 10,000 feet.  Pretty high for a Coastal boy.  Peru’s most impressive mountains literally surround the city.  Being  back in a hardcore mountain zone is like a Hindu going to Varanasi or Catholics being in St. Peters – it’s heavy shit.  Makes my skin crawl with excitement, thinking about all the badass climbers and skiers that have passed through those streets.  To me Peru has the purest high altitude ski history.  The Himalayas are marred with bottled oxygen descents, fixed lines, and climbers pretending to be skiers and anyone else who wants to get famous by skiing everest or k2. Peru seems to attract the purists, people who just want to ski the gnar, going after aesthetic fluted peaks and faces that don’t relent a degree in their entirety.

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Aug 08

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Been slacking on my trip report to Peru.  A little time gives you some perspective, but if  you wait too long you start to forget things.  As with all my favorite expeditions, things started on short notice.  Mid-May, an email from Ptor stated the good news, “are u strong? . . . wanna make a ski movie in Peru?  . . . all expenses paid by Sweetgrass Productions”
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