In mid-August of 2015, I received a text from some old high school friends that said they wanted to go on a hike in Peru in the spring of 2016. They asked if I wanted to go, I (of course) said yes, and so did three other people. This episode of MtnMeister is a trip report about six dudes in their twenties who want to go on an adventure. They have limited time to take off of work, and they don’t have sponsors to pay for it. To put it simply, it’s real life. I know listening to professional athletes and extreme adventurers is fun, and yes, it definitely serves a purpose. But the meisters are outliers. They show us what is humanly possible, not humanly probable.
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Pictures from Salkantay Trek
Unloading the van and getting ready at the trailhead.
Coca leaves to keep us energized.
The group with Salkantay in the backdrop. From left: Phil, Ben, Max, Matt, Brub, Zeke (in front).
Phil, Max, and Brub feeling the altitude on the first night.
Mishmi Takin Virunga jacket performing well on a cold and damp morning.
Zeke near the high point of our trek.
The group at the high point (15,200 ft) in our trek. From left: Brub, Zeke, Phil, Ben, Max, Matt.
Our guide Santiago and me at the top.
Santiago, Phil, and a beautiful lake.
Quick break on the way down.
The food on this trip was gourmet and delicious.
Zeke and Phil crossing a jungle river.
Day 3 hike to Aguas Calientes, a touristy town near Machu Picchu.
The group at Machu Picchu. From left: Phil, Zeke, Ben, Max, Brub, Matt.
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