Crossing the 4950-meter pass near Salcantay

I love this photo for a number of reasons. First, in the upper right, you can see Incachiriasca, the 4950-meter (~16000 foot) pass near Salcantay in the Peruvian Andes.


Second, I'm smiling, despite a cold, wet, grueling morning. I'm about to take another mouthful of coca leaves to keep my energy level up.


Next, you can see Steve in the far left of the frame, working away. He had a rough time of it because he's afraid of heights, but he's plugged right along. He's done well.


Finally, there's our guide, Pepe Lucho, clowning around over my shoulder, ruining yet another photo op.


Seriously, though: This one photo does the best job of capturing what the early part of our trek was like, I think. I believe Laura took this photo, though I can't recall for sure. Thanks, Laura!

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Uploaded on October 18, 2011