Our awakening this morning is a moment of magic. In the light of day we discover our previous night’s refuge and the view that it offers. Although the Andean winter temperatures make it difficult to leave the comfort of our resting place, we are motivated by the view, it’s serenity and a cup of hot coffee.
This day is one of preparation with our mountain guide (certified UIAGM, trained by guides from Chamonix). We familiarize ourselves with our equipment, take a few steps with crampons and practice using the ice axe. We then reach the Campo las Rocas, where we’ll begin our ascent.