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snow
3 months ago

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3 months ago

amazing hike. so fun. tons of cows. water quality is poor due to large amount of cows. trail is poorly marked. do not go out here without a map. pay the $50 for a topographic map!!!

hiking
3 months ago

truly amazing hike!

hiking
5 months ago

I am going to talk about things I would have liked to have found in 1 location for this review. You can read all the other reviews on how beautiful this hike is. TRAINING FOR ELEVATION: To start, I have to make it known that I live in Santa Fe, NM, USA. As such I live at 7000 feet. I usually hike at 9000-11000 feet on a regular basis. However, I had never hiked anywhere close to 16,000 ft. Also, I suffered a severe ankle sprain and could do no cardio training until 3 months prior to our trip over July 4th week holiday. The idea of 16,000 feet was definitely intimidating and I did not take it lightly after reading so many reviews where people suffered from altitude issues. Because of my ankle situation, I could do no running, no hiking, and no calisthenics exercises until 3 weeks prior to leaving. Instead I focused on swimming as my cardio workout. I truly believe swimming may have been the best workout for preparation. My feeling is I was forced to focus on breathing and lung capacity and your lungs get great practice at being compressed due to water pressure. I had not swam laps for several years and worked myself from doing 40 lengths in a 50 meter swimming pool with 2-3 minute breaks every 10 lengths to 100 lengths ( 5000 meters) in 45 minutes with no breaks. This build up was over 3 months and I swam 2 days a week. I did this up until the day before departure. 3 weeks prior to leaving I was able to start getting out on my local trails starting with little to no weight. I was only able to get in 4 training hikes and I focused on elevation gains as much as possible. My final hike was the weekend prior to leaving. I loaded myself down with 25 lbs and was on a trail that went up to 11500 ft. The trail out and back 14 miles in length. My druthers would have been to head up to “The High Points” in New Mexico around 13,000 ft 2 weeks before leaving and then,the weekend before leaving, head up to Colorado to do a 14er. If you live in the southwest and this is an option I would definitely recommend it. DIET AND SUPPLEMENTS I watched several documentaries and youtube videos about or made by experienced high elevation hikers. Most of theses were related elevations much higher than the Santa Cruz Trek but most were dealing with rules above 10,000 feet. My philosophy was What works at Meru will work on “The Cruz”. I found a very interesting YouTube video from an actual doctor who had recently summited Kilimanjaro. She went through her diet and recommended supplements for high altitude and just general international travel. The general consensus on diet is that it should be high calorie and high sugar ( sugar fiends rejoice!). If you are familiar with the majority of camping food makers (MRE’s and bars) most are made for this type of diet. This will be the one instance when you should be scanning the ingredients list for higher carbs and high sugar content. Other interesting recommendations from the doctor were a set of supplements. Some of these were for high altitude and some just general health. Supplements recommended were as follows: Probiotics B-complex Electrolytes Based on her recommendations I started a regimen of these supplements 30 days prior to departure and continued through my entire trip. In my research I found several differing opinions on the virtue of “altitude sickness drugs” that you can get from a pharmacy. I did find some credible articles on the of Advil in lieu of the behind the counter medications. I personally started taking 2 Advil twice a day 48 hours before the trip and continuing through the trip. I understand that many people have associated stomach problems with taking Advil so follow the “Know thyself”rule regarding this recommendation. I am lucky enough to have never suffered those side effects from Advil. I cannot go with out mentioning the “local” remedy for altitude issues which is usage of Coca leaves which you can find readily available in Huaraz. You can either chew on these or put them your tea or hot water. Again due to differing opinions and results of the effectiveness of this preventative I did not try this method. HYDRATION HYDRATION HYDRATION The number one thing anyone who has lived at any elevation will tell you, even without being tasked a 30 mile hike, is to stay hydrated. Most articles I read recommended that your water consumption should be around 2-3 liters per day. This is a lot of water! I primarily drink only water on a daily basis and this was a lot even for me. If you have any coaches or athletes or medical field professionals in your family, or circle of friends, you will learn there is a little bit more to hydration than you probably think. Chugging water 1 hour before you start your hike is not going to do it. The basic rule is that you need start a water regimen a week before. Drink from a refillable 1 liter bottle for easy measurements of how much you are drinking.

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off trail
snow
5 months ago

Thoroughly stunning views and a challenging hike. I diverted from the main trails on the first two days which was fantastic to give alternative (better) scenery. Loved every moment of this 9 day trek.

hiking
off trail
snow
5 months ago

Thoroughly stunning views and a challenging hike. I diverted from the main trails on the first two days which was fantastic to give alternative (better) scenery. Loved every moment of this 9 day trek.

Amazing views, beautiful lakes, condors.... not much more you can ask for. Breathtaking!

hiking
7 months ago

One of the best treks I've ever done. Period. The campsite of the second night is the most beautiful campsite I've ever stayed at! An absolutely must do in Peru imo. It isn't easy though primarily due to altitude. I actually got a little altitude sick there as the peak is at 4,750m. Nothing too bad just bring some coca candy and a big water bottle. I can't recomend this trek higher. Incredible!!!

backpacking
11 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking trek! I mean that literally and figuratively! It is so beautiful every step of the way, but being above 15k feet, definitely a very difficult hike. If I can give one tip of advice, pack sparingly! 25 lbs of gear feels like 50 at that altitude.

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