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Expedition: Huayhuash

A Trek in the Peruvian Andes
30 Apr 2019

Eddie Bauer ski athletes Drew Tabke and Lynsey Dyer shred steeps all over the world. Alpine climbing guide Adrian Ballinger leads summits in the Himalaya, Andes, and Africa. These people are in their element in the mountains. But in Huayhuash, they also wanted to be out of their element.

So, they put away their skis and the impulse to go downhill as fast as possible. Set aside ice axes and the single-pointed goal of reaching a remote summit.

And they just walked—all 85 miles of the Cordillera—to experience the place on different terms. Pure. Simple. Direct. 20,000-foot peaks. 16,000-foot passes. Stunning alpine lakes. This is Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes, where an Eddie Bauer guide and two athletes came to experience mountains in a completely different light.

ADRIAN BALLINGER

Eddie Bauer Alpine Climbing Guide (AMGA/IFMGA)

In his two decades as a professional guide, Adrian has led more than a hundred clients to the summits of several 8000-meter peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Cho Oyu. He’s personally summited Everest eight times.

DREW TABKE

Eddie Bauer Ski Guide

A two-time world champ in the freeride discipline, Drew Tabke launched from Utah shop guy to freeride contender in his first national contest at Snowbird in 2004. In the decade-plus since, “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” has circled the globe on tour to the burliest big mountain venues, from Chile, Argentina, British Columbia, and Alaska to Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and France.

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