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Mountain Madness Climber

Success in Peru!

Last steps to sum­mit of Chopakal­ki. Elaine Teh photo

The first trip of the sea­son to the beau­ti­ful Chopakal­ki (19,939′) in the Cordillera Blan­ca has met with suc­cess! Join­ing guide Tyler Ander­son was Jer­ry, Elaine, and Shea. After warm­ing up on Yana­pac­cha, the group hit a per­fect weath­er win­dow and reached the peak a lit­tle over a week ago.

Elaine, who had been to the Blan­ca before, had this to say, Huaraz was as great as I remem­bered and Cordillera Blan­ca was amaz­ing. We had bril­liant weath­er, espe­cial­ly on sum­mit days. Tyler was a bril­liant guide and chose all the best campsites/​spots. The climb­ing was a lit­tle out of my depth and I felt inad­e­quate at times, but Tyler and the rest were great and very patient with me. 

Yana­pac­cha turned out a lot more chal­leng­ing, but real­ly fun. Chopi was long, but from the false sum­mit onwards, it was amaz­ing. I did­n’t think I would make the sum­mit, but thanks to Tyler’s encour­age­ment, both Jer­ry and myself made it. I had a real­ly great trip.

I have been re-liv­ing my climbs this past week! Must think about the next ven­ture now.Thank you for all your help and run­ning such a great com­pa­ny. All the trips with MM had been amaz­ing and your guides real­ly are the best!”

Jer­ry, who also has joined us in Peru and had to come back for more, also had a great time and had this to say abut Tyler and the trip, he was great and a big part of my choos­ing Mtn Mad­ness for this trip. Oth­er com­pa­nies do Chopakal­ki, but Tyler has so much knowl­edge and ener­gy that he puts into it and all the extra and sub­tle details he arranges from the acclimi­ti­za­tion peak he chose, to food and cof­fee, break night at a lodge, less crowd­ed approach to the moun­tain, and the cel­e­bra­to­ry restau­rants in Huarez are what add togeth­er to make the trip much bet­ter than one would expect any oth­er agency to be able to run.”

Nice job to the entire team! Tyler will be lead­ing anoth­er Chopakal­ki trip start­ing July 24th, which is con­firmed and ready to go.

Jer­ry and Tyler on the sum­mit of Chopi. Elaine Teh photo

The top of Yana­pac­cha. Elaine Teh photo

View of the Blan­ca with Huas­caran, the high­est peak in Peru at over 22,000+ feet, in the cen­ter left.
Elaine Teh photo