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Cordillera Blanca | by Scott Holcomb
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Cordillera Blanca

On a grueling 4-day trek through the Cordillera Blanca, starting from Olleros, I entered an Andean alpine valley with sheer cliff faces overlooked by Nevado Hauntsan, 6200m. Our small group's destination was Chavín, some 50km distance, on the other side of a massive wall of rock and ice and over a 5,000m pass. A handful of Quechua herders live at his extreme height, on top of the world. We discovered that we had entered the wrong valley and had to backtrack to the next valley to the south to reconnect to the Chavín trail. I have no regrets, however--What spectacular scenery!


I lost the 35mm Agfa negatives of this shoot and discovered a faded print in my old photo travel-journal dating back to 1975. Using an HP Scanjet 5470c I was able render a digital image which I carefully restored with multiple Photoshop operations.

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Taken in September 1975