Cordillera Blanca, Peru '74
An expedition to climb in the Cordillera Blanca (White Range) of the Peruvian Andes. I organized and led this trip. I spent over a year in preparation, including taking two semesters of Spanish at the University and paying for a private tutor. The expedition was quite successful, with the entire team summitting on the main objective, a 20,600' mountain called Chinchey, then sub-groups going on to climb two more 20,000' peaks and two smaller ones. The team was made up, except for two of us who had climbed together, of strangers who had responded to an ad I placed in a climbing magazine.
In 2009, when I posted this album of scanned slides, a trip like this could be put together in a few weeks using the internet. In 1974, if was a much bigger undertaking. This was my first experience with real international climbing and travel (Canada doesn't count). I was away from home (Moscow, Idaho, where I taught at the University of Idaho) for almost two months.
Jul 1, 1974