Last month (December 2016) while I was in Arequipa I decided that I needed a second attempt to reach the summit of El Misti.
I first tried 4 years ago when I spent 2 months in Arequipa at Spanish school. At the time I felt I was physically fit but I was not used to carrying a heavy backpack or the altitude and when I booked the trip I only found out the night before that I was expected to carry everything up to basecamp!! This included my clothes, tent, sleeping bag, crampons, ice pick and 5 litres of water. Continue reading