JUNGLE IN RURRENABAQUE AND CLIMBING CONDORIRI (Sept - Nov 2004)
When I returned to La Paz I had a fake police
incident. First a guy claiming to be a tourist from
Ecuador came up to me asking for directions, then
another guy showed his officially looking card. I was
so stupid, I gave him my passport and got into a taxi
with them. They stopped in a quiet street and the
other "tourist" was searched, I guess showing me how
to behave when my turn comes. By then I knew
wrong (why did it take me so long?) So I had my pepper
spray ready and refused to give anything. They
probably decided I was too much trouble so he said I
could go. Lucky again! Just a warning this time.
went climbing (with a guide for a change) 2 mountains in 3 days,
Pequeño Alpamayo 5,370m and Condoriri 5,648m. Alpamayo was steep but
Condoriri a different story, the most difficult climb I have ever done.
From 2am at night long and steep walk to reach the glacier, then many
dangerous crevasses. From there ice and rocks, 60-70 degrees, and long
traverse at the top. But we made it to the top, very lucky with the
weather, great views. I was not acclimatized well for this climb and I
suffered like never before. I was just so tired for no reason, all I
could do was move my legs. I pushed myself to the limit. It was
possible because I had a guide with me, otherwise I wouldn't have
risked like that.