In July 2012, I took a trip to the Cordillera Blanca to attempt to climb Alpamayo, one of the most beautiful peaks in the world (19,511 ft). The trip was fantastic; a great training climb for my 2013 Everest/Lhotse climb as well as an amazing opportunity to see this beautiful region. Unfortunately, I picked up a stomach bug just as the trip began and it interfered with my body’s ability to acclimatize properly throughout the climb. I became pretty sick at high camp and I wasn’t able to summit. I had to retreat back down to Huaraz pretty promptly to recover. That’s the way mountaineering is sometimes….
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