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HUAYHUASH

Peru

HUAYHUASH

Peru

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.

Eddie Bauer ski athletes Drew Tabke and Lynsey Dyer shred steeps all over the world. Eddie Bauer alpine guide Adrian Ballinger leads summits in the Himalaya, Andes, and Africa. These people are in their element in the mountains. But in Huayhuash, they 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.

The Cordillera Huayhuash Range
This stunning sub-range of the Peruvian Andes features beautiful high alpine lakes and meadows as well as towering peaks, several of which are over 6,000 meters. The area has become increasingly popular for trekking, but it is largely unpopulated with just a few villages at lower elevations.

Taking the High Road

Adrian, Lynsey, and Drew’s 85-mile trek through the Cordillera Huayhuash began with two days in the city of Huaraz to get acclimated to the Andean elevation. This was an essential step, because once in the Cordillera, their first camp would be above 13,000 feet. Over the course of their 5-day journey, they crossed six high passes, including the highest, Cuyoc Pass, at 16,404 feet above sea level. The challenge of sustained high elevation was heightened by the fact that the trio did the full circuit—including two days in Huaraz—in just seven days. Ordinarily, groups take 10 days on the trek alone; the Eddie Bauer team cut that time in half. To help them in their quest, they hired a burro team to carry their gear and a local cook to prepare their meals, freeing them to focus simply on their task.

But mountains are still mountains.

Meet the Guide & Athletes

ADRIAN BALLINGER
Eddie Bauer Alpine Climbing Guide (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, most recently in 2017, when he reached the top without the use of supplementary oxygen. In 2011, he and two Sherpa teammates became the first to summit three 8000ers (Everest twice, and Lhotse) in only three weeks. He’s also the only American to make three complete 8000er descents on skis (Manaslu, Cho Oyu twice). In 2004, Adrian founded Alpenglow Expeditions, a Tahoe-based guide service that introduces clients to backcountry skiing and climbing, as well as leading expeditions on the world’s highest mountains.


LYNSEY DYER
Eddie Bauer Ski Athlete
A pioneering pro freeskier, Lynsey is no stranger to accolades. In 2004, she was the Freeski Tour Overall Winner. In 2010, she was named Female Skier of the Year by Powder magazine. In 2014, she was given the same honor by Freeskier magazine. That year, she also directed and produced the film Pretty Faces, an all-female ski movie that was nominated as Best Ski Film at the 2014 Powder Awards. She has skied big lines all over the world, and has appeared in ski movies for TGR, Sherpa’s Cinema, and Warren Miller. When not skiing, Lynsey spearheads the nonprofit shejumps.org that inspires women to be active outdoors. She has also served as a guest spokesperson at events such as TEDx, Mountainfilm, the Mountain Travel Symposium, and Good Morning America. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a talented and passionate graphic designer.


DREW TABKE
Eddie Bauer Ski Athlete
A two-time world champ in the freeride discipline, Drew has been a professional skier since 2004. His gift for fast, fluid lines has taken him around the globe many times over, and earned his first Freeskiing World Tour title in 2011 at Snowbird. He repeated that accomplishment two years later at Verbier, Switzerland. Along the way, he has also garnered two coveted Sickbird awards. In the summer, Drew heads to the Chilean Andes where he’s notched multiple human-powered first descents. While not competing on the tour, he also coaches the Crystal Mountain Freeride Juniors at his home resort outside of Seattle. And he guides summer skiing in Chile. Drew holds wilderness medical, technical rope rescue and professional avalanche certifications, and writes regularly for Powder magazine.