up to Camp I on Illampu. On this trip we made one camp between base
camp and High Camp. We are about an hour or two from our camp I.
High Camp, still a day away, is in the glacial basin to the right
of Illampu. In this photo we are looking west, with Illampu on the
left and a small shoulder of Pico Schulze on the right.
is sporting the yellow look and Leigh McGuigan is in orange/red.
Illampu and star tracks from Camp I. Up and to the right of the
summit you can see the four stars that make up the Southern Cross,
the kite-like formation pointing up and left.
Illampu from Sorata. So strange to look up through the palm trees
to high glaciated peaks. Much of what we can see in this image
is actually Pico Schulze. The highest points, do, however, belong
to Illampu. Ancohuma would be off to the right.
I have to confess I took about twenty photos of these building in
the evening light. The windows seemed like eyes, looking out over
the valley. The is typical of Sorata, where this shot was taken.
Even in the face of tough living conditions, dirt floors and streets,
the Bolivians still have a sense of color (and humor, it seems to
is another street scene in Sorata. The low evening light, clear
skies and busy streets are too much to resist for an amateur photographer
such as myself.
is undergoing a bit of a gringo renaissance, though you would
have a hard time telling from this photo. It has always been a
lovely town perched as it is at the edge of the Selva, overlooking
a deep valley winding down to the Amazon. Recently, however it
has become more well known among foreign travelers, and more an
more can be seen here. It is still very unspoiled, and a wonderful
place to return to after doing battle on the big peaks above.
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as seen from the drive over to the town of Ancoma. The broad peak
on the left is Pico del Norte.
Schulze blends into Illampu, in front and below, to the right
of Illampu's summit.
Kathy cooking up dinner at our Illampu Base Camp. Notice the bottle
of wine is already half empty! It looks like we are going to have
some pasta, with perhaps a salad (I can see the salad dressing
and a little bottle of olive oil). Ah, the joys of outdoor living!
Leigh McGuigan, Dick Dietz and Kathy on the summit of Pico Schulze.