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SALOMON S/LAB X ALP ENGINEERED JACKET AT SALKANTAY TREK 2018

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SALOMON S/LAB X ALP ENGINEERED JACKET AT SALKANTAY TREK 2018

SALOMON S/LAB X ALP ENGINEERED JACKET AT SALKANTAY TREK, PERU 2018

 

 

 

Protected by Salomon S/LAB X ALP ENGINEERED Jacket

 

 

RAVICHANDRAN depending on S/LAB X ALP ENGINEERED  Jacket for staying warm from the cold and extreme weather changes during the recent Salkantay Trek, Cusco, Peru from 3rd – 7th Jan 2018. Read more at https://www.salomon.com/int/product/s-lab-x-alp-engineered-jkt-m.html?article=398939

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bolle 5th Element Pro at Salkantay Trek, Cusco, Peru 2018

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Bolle 5th Element Pro at Salkantay Trek, Cusco, Peru 2018

Bolle 5th Element Pro at Salkantay Trek, Peru

(3rd – 7th Jan 2018)

 

 

 

Ravichandran (Ravichandran Everest) resting at Camp 1 (4200 Meter) and enjoying the sunny evening with his eyes well protected by Bolle 5th Element Pro eyewear from the sun and glacier snow & ice reflection during his recent trek to Mount Salkantay and Machu Pichu, the lost city of Inka Civilisation in Cusco, Peru from 3rd – 7th Jan 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bolle 5th Element Pro has everything going for outdoor and mountaineer. Many features of Bolle are helpful: ultra-light, a maximized field of view and an optimized fit thanks to the B-Shape technology and the adjustable nose pads and temples. The side plaque added in the pro version improves the protection from the snow & ice reflection. 

 

 

 

 

 

Technologies:  

 
  1.  ADJUSTABLE NOSEPIECE
  2. THERMOGRIP
  3. INTERCHANGEABLE LENS
  4. ANTI-FOG TREATMENT
  5. OLEOPHOBIC/HYDROPHOBIC TREATMENT
  6. B-shape ADJUSTABLE TEMPLES
  7. B-MAX FRAME – EXTRA LARGE FIELD OF VIEW
  8. B-CLEAR NXT® LENSES
  9. VERRES MODULATOR™ PHOTOCHROMICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more about Bolle 5th Element Pro at http://www.bolle.com/au/5th-element-pro/1426-12150.html

 

 

 

 

Staying cool with the best outdoor eyewear during recent Mount Salkantay Trek and Machu Pichu 2018 from 3rd – 7th January 2018.

Salkantay Trek And Machu Pichu 2018

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Salkantay Trek And Machu Pichu 2018

SALKANTAY TREK AND MACHU PICHU

The Lost City Of INKA Civilisation And The Inka Trail (3-7th Jan 2018)

 

 

 

Mount Salkantay

 

 

Introduction

 

 

The Salkantay Trek is named after the 6000m peak Mt Salkantay, under whose shadow the trail runs. From a pure trekking perspective, it is considered to be better than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It takes one through the beautiful Mollepata Valley, goes over the Salkantay Pass at 4600m before descending to cloud forest with a sweeping view of the plains. You will encounter hot springs and walk the last stretch beside an abandoned railway track to the town of Aguas Calientes, the base town for accessing Machu Picchu ruins. You will have experienced 5 different climatic zones in a matter of days, seen jagged Andean peaks, vast plains in the valley, trekked through sub-tropical jungles and paid homage to the precariously perched citadel of Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek is a journey packed with adventure and this is its ultimate guide.

 

 

 

HUMANTAY LAKE

 

 

 

The good thing is that despite fantastic scenery and a walk through many ecosystems, the Salkantay trek is a less crowded alternative Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is usually preferred by the more adventurous or when the permits to the classic Inca Trail trek are sold out. At times, they do get sold out up to 3-6 months in advance! But trekking on Salkantay don’t need a permit and only need to pay entrance fees at the entry gate.

 

 

Machu Pichu

 

 

 

Salkantay and Inca trails are part of the extraordinary Inca Trails or Qhapaq Ñan, which refers to the network of trails covering about 30,000 km that were constructed over centuries by the Incas for communication, trade and defense purposes. They are recognized as a UNESCO heritage site, linking the Andes to the coast, running through Amazon rain forests, fertile valleys and deserts. Both Salkantay trail and Inca trail, experts believe, were meant to be a holy pilgrimage to the holy site of Machu Picchu. The truth is, no one knows the true purpose of Machu Picchu or why it was constructed in such a remote place since the Incas left no written records. The Salkantay trail connects the city of Mollepata, a couple of hours away from Cusco, to Machu Picchu. This route is generally done over 4 or 5 days.

 

 

Beginning of the Salkantay Trek

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

 

 

Mount Salkantay on the background

 

 

An early morning start from Cusco will get you to Mollepata. Depending on the operator and the trip cost, you will be taken on a public bus or shared taxi or a private car. Henrique, one of the guides was on the same bus with us. The journey to Mollepat was a 2 hours drive. At Mollepata we had our breakfast and meet another guide, Gilber.

 

 

 

 

They were having breakfast while I take the chance to go around the village and take some pictures of the village and its local people. Sitting next to me during breakfast was another Asian from South Korea. After breakfast, we continue our journey on the bus for another 1 hour. We reached the last place where the busses have to turn around.

 

 

 

 

We get down and gave our sleeping bag and extra clothing to the horseman for the horses to carry. In total, there were 22 people in the group lead by 2 guides. In that group, I get to know a young man from South Korea, named Shim Jung Hee. We become friends after I wish him in the Korean language…Ann Yong Haseyo.

 

 

 

 

We start the trek on a wide gravel track towards a small village. We will be passed by occasional villagers on horseback and in about 1 hour, we gradually ascend to Soraypampa situated at 3900 meters. There were few camping grounds and tent with the signage saying private property and we pass them and Henrique continues to guide us to our first hike and visit Humantay Lake.

 

 

 

 

We hike for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, enjoying the beautiful views of the snowy mountains Salkantay and Humantay. The hike to the lake was a tough climb and the team started to split up. The young trekkers who are not aware of Acute Mountain Sicknesses (AMS) were moving fast and reached the lake early. The others who have the knowledge on AMS, were moving up slowly and reached a bit later but in very relaxed condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halfway through the trek, the rain starts to drizzle and everyone was with ponchos and raincoat.

 

 

 

 

I use Salomon S/LAB X ALP ENGINEERED Jacket which is a good waterproof jacket and very breathable. One of the best jacket from Salomon.

 

 

 

 

 

Soon Jung Hee started to follow my pace and was relaxed during the first-day hike. I also get to know Lucas and Grace from Switzerland and Vivian from Brazil.

 

 

I move at a slow pace and relaxed due to altitude

 

 

We get the chance to hike to one of Peru’s most magical lakes and be surrounded by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay Peaks while gazing at the unbelievable turquoise water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the middle of the challenging trek with deep breathing, I see a small Inka girl coming down with her horse from the lake….a very beautiful picture….in my mind and truly inspiring many people who were struggling to hike up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We reached the lake and it was a beautiful Glacier Lake and we enjoyed the majestic of Humanity Lake. In my 20 years climbing alpine peaks around the world, I have seen many Glacier Lakes….but this one is really beautiful and clean. It was misty but still can see the alpine peaks standing strong and majestic.

 

 

Humantay Lake

 

 

 

The Humantay lake altitude is 4250 m.a.s.l and this makes an unique weather and temperature in this area. The Humantay lake temperature can arrive at 5º C during the day and at night drop down to 0º C. 

 

 

Humantay Lake

 

 

Lake Humantay is a turquoise green natural resource and sacred site for the local Inka culture. Hike to one of Peru’s most magical lakes and be surrounded by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay Peaks while gazing at the unbelievable turquoise water.

 

 

 

 

After many personal pictures and group photo with Jung Her and others, we began to descend. The weather was still the same…at times drizzling and at time humid.

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon, we descend and regroup at the base and arriving at Mollepata with 30 minutes hike down. We continue to hike up for a 30 minutes hike to our Camp 1.

 

 

 

 

 

We were served with soup and we enjoyed a delicious hot lunch prepared by the kitchen crew and Henrique introduce the kitchen crew to us.

 

 

 

Descending View

 

 

The Camp 1 is a fixed camp and using an A shape permanent strong structure in the shadows of the Andean giants. We settle down in our A shape accommodation and the weather changed to sunny and bright blue sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We trek higher up and enjoyed the beautiful sunny and blue sky background with our first view of Mount Salkantay. I started to say my thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth) for the beautiful weather and chance to see the full and clear Mount Salkantay.

 

 

 

 

 

Jung Hee was having a little bit headache and I take the chance to share my knowledge of AMS and altitude. I explain on some of the mountaineering techniques to Jung Hee….especially on “Going High & Sleeping Low”. I share with him on the importance of staying active and going to a higher altitude before sleeping. He was following and paying lots of attention.

 

 

 

 

Then we head down back to our tent for our evening tea.

 

 

 

 

As the sun was out and it’s getting warm and sunny, I am always with my Bolle 5th Element Pro eyewear to protect my eyes from the sun glare and also reflection from the glacier snow and ice. The Bolle eyewear reduces lost of energy through eyesight.

While waiting outside our tent and enjoying the view, we met Ms. Elaine or Michelle from Canada. She approached me by asking if I am a doctor. I was laughing for a moment but introduce myself and my area of knowledge in mountaineering. She complains of having a mild headache and asking about taking medication. She slept inside her tent after return from Humantay Lake and after she wakes up, having some headache. I have seen many of such case in the mountains. I propose to her to take her medication from her sister who is a qualified doctor but at the same time propose to her to walk higher altitude for another 30 meter and back down.

Upon reaching every camp, it’s my habit to check the altitude using my Suunto Traverse Amber, which is a GPS outdoor watch with versatile navigation functions for hiking and trekking.

 

 

 

 

 

Soon evening tea was served and I get to sit with my new friends, Elaine, Grace, Lucas and Jung Hee. They were great people with great personalities and sharing all their experiences and journey. The most outstanding was Elain….great personalities and very easy going and always friendly to everyone. The group becomes best friends helping each other.

 

 

The beautiful Mount Salkantay

 

 

Its time to hit the sleeping bags as the temperature drops fast and things were cold. I was placed sharing a tent with Jung Hee and Elain was placed with Vivian. Vivian who cant speak any English and only speak Portuguese …was having a tough time but Elain and others were helping her to settle down. Henrique and another German girl in the group could speak Portuguese and be doing all the translation.

 

 

 

Staying active and moving at altitude. Ravi with Bolle 5th Element Pro eyewear

 

 

 

The chef and the kitchen crew were fantastic and we had a three Course meal for dinner starting with soup and a very nice dinner. Some were Vegetarian and the group was getting into one very enjoyable team.

 

 

 

 

Moments after dinner, at about 8:30 pm, I crawled into my sleeping bag and passed out. We had four-person tents for every 2 people, so there was plenty of space to place out backpack. I was carrying my Deuter Guide 45 Plus Backpack which was big and taking space for this South America Expedition (Aconcagua) and Trekking (Chile and Peru) trip. We each got two sleeping pads that were each at least two inches thick, so sleeping was comfy.

 

 

 

Day 2 – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayrac Machay – Chalet

 

 

 

 

 

We wake up early at 4.30am. It was a cold day outside the tent and after visiting the toilet and getting ready, I have to go back inside the tent as everyone was not ready. The guides were supposed to send Cocoa Tea to our tent but were a little late and the temperature was so cold.

 

 

 

Spending time with the Inka girl and her horse

 

 

 

We had out cocoa tea served inside out tent and soon everyone was awake and busy getting ready for the tough trek on Day 2. We are hoping the weather will improve and another early start will give us a chance to witness spectacular scenes as the sun illuminates the jagged 6000m peaks in the Andean range.

 

 

Morning Weather

 

 

 

Today, we have been reminded of the tough climb and a long day that will take us over the Salkantay pass which is at 4600-meter altitude. I was hoping and praying for a beautiful sunrise and will give the chance to see all the snow capped peaks nestled just behind our campsite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But as we start to trek, slowly the rain starts to drizzle on and off and the clouds covered most of the beautiful 6000-meter peaks.

 

 

 

 

 

The air is getting thinner and the walk was getting harder and harder every meter we ascend to a higher altitude. The climb to the pass takes more time from 3 to 5 hours comprising of steep, narrow switchbacks and steady uphill paths until the pass. Loose gravel and stones do not make the walk any easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Salkantay” is a Quechua word, meaning “Savage Mountain”. The peak likely earned its name due to the notoriously swift change of weather conditions on it. Every time we turn back and see the valley where we started the journey and groups of people trekking on the trails to Camp 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 11.30am, we reached the high pass and sit there for a while for a group picture. We moved slowly as a group and we spend lots of time taking pictures and getting to know each other. Lucas and Grace including Jung Hee were the best of people and they were so happy to reach the highest point in that trek. Followed by Elain, who was trekking with Gilber at the back and was taking it is easy. The group and all its members were happy to have crossed most difficult part of the trek on Day 2. The mist and clouds covered the peaks all surrounding but we could see the lakes and beautiful landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all helped each other in taking pictures at Abra Salkantay and I could see their feeling of proudness for their achievements of reaching 4600-meter height. That was a great moment.

 

 

 

Group Photo at halfway before the pass

 

 

 

The team reached the high pass about 11 am and everyone was in good condition.  The pace was very nice and everyone takes their time and keep walking until we reach the top of the pass at 4600-meter altitude.

 

 

 

 

 

Reaching The Top Of The Pass at 4600 Meter Altitude

 

After 30 minutes on the high pass, we start our descend for our lunch break. We walked down for about 1 hour 30 minutes to reach our lunch place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cook and kitchen crew have started to prepare our lunch and slowly all members were reaching the hut one by one. Lucas who is tall and using a beanie hit his head on the roof of the hut and got injured and bleeding. Grace and others were there to help and to stop the bleeding. I could sense the teamwork and everyone helping each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather was getting a little warm and much was fantastic. Had the chance to spend some time with Henrique and kitchen crew inside the kitchen and see them preparing the food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We start our journey after lunch for 3 hours to Camp 2 located at Challhuay. Along the way you will see beautiful views of the plains below before heading to the cloud forest.

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Challhuay – La Playa – Santa Teresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trail from Challway to the lunch stop at La Playa is distinctly different from the previous day. No longer is the air getting thinner, the temperatures colder and the views comprising of sheer mountains jutting into the sky.

 

 

 

Elaine

 

 

 

The semi-tropical characteristics result in raging waterfalls and streams. During this jungle hike you will be able to see cocao, coffee and several native plantations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henrique was busy telling us about the flora and fauna and also all the animals in the forest. Such climate also fosters mosquitoes and other insects, so at one point the guides ask us to start using insect repellents to avoid bites.

 

 

 

 

 

We continue our journey with 2 stops and rest. We also get the chance to use the cable car where the local use to transport their vegetable produce across the river to the mail road for transporting to the city for sale. That was an experience. Grace and Elaine also get the chance to experience that and improve their confidence on height.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to a landslide, the team have to cross the river via a bridge and join the main road. After a walk for about 1 hour, we reach our bus and for a 30 minutes bus ride downhill and reach the village of Santa Teresa.

 

 

 

A beautiful waterfall and a wooden and old crossing bridge

 

 

 

We were served with lunch and we get to rest for 2 hours. Everyone are looking for forward the thing most famous in this town, its hot springs where you can go and relax in the bubbling mineral waters.

 

 

 

 

 

While not very hot, the springs are definitely warm, located right on the banks of a raging river. The local villagers also sell cheap beer which you can enjoy while warming up in the Santa Teresa hot spring. The Santa Theresa Hot Springs turned out to be pretty great! After three grueling days of trekking, we had the best moments to rest for 3 hours in the water and I had the chance to share my experience on mountain climbing and frost bite and how I removed my fingers by myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had dinner and then we rest near a camp fire. With the camp fire we were never attacked by insects. Then later in the night, the trekkers starts with dancing and it was great to see all of them enjoying themselves to the spanish beat. Henrique and Gilber was there to accompany the group and dance together with all members.

At 11.30pm, while resting near the tent, had some time to speak to Grace and Jung Hee and many things before we hit the sleeping bag. It was a great finishing to the day as tomorrow, its time for me to say good-bye to the team that gel very well.

 

 

 

Day 4 – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

 

In the morning, we were busy packing and had our last breakfast together. The team will split many ways and Jung Hee, Grace, Lucas and Elaine will join the Zipline and experience something new. At 9am, I have to say good bye to everyone and waited at the Camp 3 for my transport at 3pm for my journey to Cusco. They have to hike for another hour before they get their chance to use the Zipline. While they are on the Zipline, I and Henrique were busy trying to arrange transport to send the bags to the Hydro-Electric station for their next destination. Since the transport never arrive, Henrique decided to take a taxi to Hydro- Electric and take me with him so I don’t have to wait and can have lunch there with the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The team was so happy to meet me again and we had our lunch and saying good bye was difficult. It started to drizzle and the train arrived. But our members will be walking along the train track to Aquas Calientes for 3 hours.  The beginning of their Machu Pichu Trek. Viswa should have completed his lifetime goal of reaching Machu Pichu which was scheduled for 3th-4th Jan 2018 and currently resting in Cusco, Peru.

 

I waited for another 1 hour before getting my bus ride and reached Cusco at 10pm. It was a quiet journey thinking about the trekking members, my new friends, our 4 days journey together on Salkantay Trek and the experience I gain along this journey. It was one of my best trekking and mountaineering experience.

 

GEC Machu Pichu and Salkantay Trek Dec 2018

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GEC Machu Pichu and Salkantay Trek Dec 2018

GEC Machu Pichu And Salkantay Trek 2018

 

 

 

Machu Pichu

 

 

Mount Aconcagua Expedition 2018 will start in early December 2018 and the team will trek to Machu Pichu. The climbers will rest for few days in Mendoza and Santiago and after a good rest in the city, the members get back to nature on a 5-day hike of the Salkantay Trek which will follow in the footsteps of the Incas and arrive at their legendary “Lost City” for a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

 

Trekkers always say this is the best trek to Machu Pichu because it takes you on a less traveled path around the snow-capped peak Salkantay (6,271 m / 20569 ft), one of the highest and most stunning mountains in Peru, passing through Quechua speaking communities and old Inca ruins. On the trail, trekkers will encounter wild orchids, amazing waterfalls and much more.

 

 

 

 

Inca Steps

 

 

 

After the trek or before the trek, members will get the chance to explore Lima and Cuzco.  Located in south-eastern part of Peru, near the Sacred Valley of the Andes Mountains, Cusco is the historical capital of the Incan Empire. Today, centuries later, the city has maintained that historical look and features with many Inka people and characteristics.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake(L, D)
 
Depart Cusco and journey to Challacancha for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp, and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake.
 
 
Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Wayracpunku – Chaullay(B, L, D)
 
Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud forest.” Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Chaullay, where you will spend the night.
 
 
Day 3: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba(B, L, D)
 
Take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana and avocado plantations, and visit the village of Collpapampa, where attractions include hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Hike to the base camp at Lucmabamba after lunch, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. Explore an orange and avocado plantation.
 
 
Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes(B, L, D)
 

Hike along a section of the Inka Trail en route to Llactapata and get amazing views of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu. Learn more about the history of the Incas on a guided tour of Llactapata, and then go to the Hidroelectrica train station for lunch. Next, visit the sacred rock of Intiwatana before following the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. 

Day 5: Machu Picchu 

Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Avail of the option to hike to the ruins of takes the bus for an extra $12.00. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival, and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses and more. Get some free time to explore at leisure, and use it to climb to Huaynapicchu or the Machu Picchu mountain, if booked in advance. Alternatively, trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail.

Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM, and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

 
 
 
 
 

Includes

 

  • Overnight hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Luggage allowance of 6 kilograms per participant, to be carried by the horses
  • Transportation to the head of the Salkantay Trek.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tents
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Standard train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to downtown Cusco
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • First aid equipment
 

Excludes

 
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay ($3)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Trekking Poles

 

 

Package Price

 

Please contact Global Expedition Club Malaysia (GECM) for more details at ravigecm@gmail.com

 

Deuter Guide 45Plus At Mount Aconcagua 2017

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Deuter Guide 45Plus At Mount Aconcagua 2017

Deuter Guide 45Plus At Mount Aconcagua 2017

 

 

 

Ravi with Deuter Backpack Guide 45 Plus at Mount Aconcagua 2017

 

 

 

Guiding clients to the highest mountain in South America, Mount Aconcagua which stands at 6980 meters was made easy with a very fit and comfortable backpack. Deuter Backpack Guide 45Plus  is now even more experienced, slim and lightweight. The well-designed alpine backpack guarantees absolute robustness, a snug fit and maximum control on demanding tours. The Guide 45Plus model is the perfect companion for all mountaineers.

 

The expedition from 13th – 21st December was on Alpine Style and Ravi and clients were moving up slowly on alpine style and acclimatize on every step going up.

 

 

 

 

Some of the features on Deuter Guide 45Plus.

 

  • Body-hugging soft stripe pads follow even rapid movements and keep the load close to the body’s center of gravity – essential in difficult terrain. The channel between the pads provides extra comfort by creating a “chimney” effect ventilation.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Load adjustor straps on the shoulder straps and hip fins serve to fine-tune the load according to the terrain.

 

  • Ergonomically shaped shoulder straps lined with breathable 3D AirMesh. SL shoulder straps feature extra comfortable soft edges.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ergonomic and removable X-frame with curved profile aluminum stays (removable) perfectly transfers the load on the hip wings (on models Guide and Rise Tour).

 

  • Flexible Delrin® U-frame in the models Freerider Pro, Guide Lite and Rise provides stability and effective load transfer with minimum extra weight. It follows the most varied movements with absolute ease.

 

  • Compact hip fins ensure perfect weight transfer and a stable fit – with PE-reinforcement on the bigger models.

 

  • Removable, pivoting VariFlex hip fins follow any movement, which saves energy and provides great freedom of movement even in difficult passages. The hip fins can be easily removed from the models’ Guide, Rise Pro, Rise Tour, and Freeride Pro. Advantages: weight reduction and better access to the climbing harness. The backpack can thus be carried just with the waist strap, which is also removable (on models Guide, Rise Pro and Rise Tour).

 

 

 

Men’s Jacket – S/Lab Series At Aconcagua 2017

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Men’s Jacket – S/Lab Series At Aconcagua 2017

Men’s Jacket – S/Lab Series At Aconcagua 2017

 

 

 

Salomon Hard Shell Jacket – S/Lab Series at Aconcagua 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Aconcagua is known for its extreme wind condition especially above Base Camp at Plaza De Mulas. The wind condition was so extreme that only Salomon Hard Shell Jacket S/Lab Series that could support Ravi Everest to continue the journey and complete the expedition from 13th – 21st Dec 2017.

 

 

 

 

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel At Mount Aconcagua 2017

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Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel At Mount Aconcagua 2017

GOAL ZERO NOMAD 7 PLUS SOLAR PANEL AT MOUNT ACONCAGUA 2017

 

 

 

Goal Zero Nomad 7Plus Solar Panel 1

 

 

 

Ravi has been depending on Goal Zero Solar Panel for solar power to charge all his electronic equipment needed for mountaineering expedition since 2012. Goal Zero Malaysia has been working with Ravi for all his expedition and  Ravi used Goal Zero Nomad 7Plus for his recent GEC 3rd Mount Aconcagua Expedition from 13th to 21st December 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the features that are really helpful in Ravi’s latest expedition.

 

FEATURES

  • Solar Capacity: 7W (8-9V)
  • Power Output: USB 1.4A (7W max)
  • Weight: 12.8 oz (363 g)
  • Ideal for: Guide 10, Switch 8/10, Flip 10/20, Smartphone, GPS, Headlamp
  • Cell Type: Monocrystalline
  • Features: Waterproof, Kickstand / Solar intensity indicator

 

As Ravi is known as Solo Mountaineer and always do Alpine Style Mountaineering where he carries very light equipment and load and tries to complete every expedition as soon as possible. 

 

 

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel

 

 

 

Re-engineered to be lighter and smarter, the Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel has the innovative technology to charge USB devices directly from the sun. Detachable kickstand for modularity and power-flow indicator ensure the best solar charging experience.

 

 

  • Smart Charging for Phones Charge phones and USB devices directly from the sun. Features a dynamic auto-restart and intelligent electronics that optimize output to match the device.
  • Rugged and Modular Detachable kickstand provides optimum angle placement, natural shade for charging devices and a vented pocket for temperature regulation. Weatherproof layering easily sloughs rain and snow.
  • Auto Restart The Nomad 7 Plus features an auto restart that’s smarter than anything else on the market. With the ability to track power flow history, the Nomad 7 Plus knows the difference between a device that has reached a fully charged state and one that disconnects due to environmental causes, i.e. lack of sunlight, shadow, etc. When the latter is detected, the Nomad 7 Plus will automatically reconnect the charging device, no extra work on your part is needed.

 

 

 

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel

 

Lifestraw Drinking Bottle – Mount Aconcagua 2017

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Lifestraw Drinking Bottle At Mount Aconcagua 2017

 

 

 

Drinking Glacier Water using filter system inside Lifestraw Bottle

 

 

It’s a very dry season at Mount Aconcagua. When Ravi and his clients reached Mendoza and after few days rest and preparation, they move to Penitentes and start the trek to Plaza De Mulas.

 

First stop is Camp Confluencia, located at 3200-meter altitude and the water source for climbers are from natural glacier melting. the water is full of minerals and smells strong. Ravi is using LifeStraw GO for this 7000-meter expedition of the highest mountain in South America Continent.

 

 

 

 

He finds it easy to just take the water from the pond and just drink directly from the bottle. Lifestraw Go able to convert this water into drinkable water immediately.

 

Some of the features with LifeStraw Go. 

 

  • Uses replaceable activated carbon capsule to reduce bad taste, chlorine and organic chemical matter for up to 100 liters (26 gallons)
  • Uses advanced hollow fiber membrane technology (0.2 microns) to remove waterborne bacteria and protozoa up to 4,000 liters (1,000 gallons)
  • Removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 8 reduction), including E-Coli
  • Removes 99.999% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 5 reduction), including Giardia & Cryptosporidium

 

 

 

Bolle Eyewear Model 5th Element at Mount Aconcagua 2017

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Bolle Eyewear Model 5th Element

At Mount Aconcagua Expedition  2017

 

 

 

 

Bolle 5th Element

 

 

 

Bolle 5th Element Sunglasses at Mount Aconcagua Expedition 2017 and South America Expedition from 9th Dec to 15th January 2018.

 

Ravi’s understanding and experience on Snow Blind and Mountaineering Death on High altitude especially on Mount Everest make him choose the Bolle Model 5th Element for his recent expedition to 3rd Mount Aconcagua Expedition from 13th – 21st December 2017.

 

 

Bolle Aconcagua 2017

 

 

Some of the reason why he chooses the 5th Element Model.

 

  • Ultra-light, an extra-wide field of vision in stroke position
  • B-shape Technology
  • The plate on the side added to the Pro version increases protection
  • Adjustable nosepiece and temples

 

 

 

 

 

ADJUSTABLE NOSEPIECES
The shape and angle of the multi-plane nosepiece can be adjusted to accommodate any nose bridge for a truly custom fit. NOSE PADS – The hypoallergenic and durable nose pads can be tailored for a custom fit, giving you additional control and comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

ANTIFOG TREATMENT
No fogging on your eyewear under any circumstance. Not only repels the fog that clouds your vision but is simply revived by an application of moisture. Available on all Bollé® Polarized 8 base models.

OLEOPHOBIC/HYDROPHOBIC TREATMENT
Oleophobic treatment on the outside of the lens. Forget about dirt, grease, and watersports, this coating stops it before it sticks to your lenses and causes a distraction. Available on all Bollé® Polarized models and B-Clear lenses.

PHOTOCHROMIC LENSES
This is no simple coating. Bollé® photochromic technology is embedded into the lens at a molecular level to automatically lighten and darken according to the conditions, always protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays.

 

 

 

 

 

B-MAX EXTRA LARGE FIELD OF VIEW
Experience the ultimate comfort thanks to the B-max technology, which offers a unique field of view.

B-THIN ACTIVE DESIGN RX
Software using the most advanced calculations is used to create customized lenses and the ultimate in lightweight products.An axial compensation of the prescription takes into account the size of the frame and the wearer’s facial anatomy if necessary

 

 

 

 

 

 

B-CLEAR LENSES
B-Clear lenses offer unrivaled optical quality. Lighter than polycarbonate, these lenses allow for larger designs and fuller coverage – giving you enhanced protection from the elements without the added weight that can slow you down.

INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES

ADJUSTABLE TEMPLES
The temples can be adjusted which offers a truly global fit and the ultimate in comfort. 

 

 

 

Mount Rwenzori (Mt. Stanley) Expedition 2018

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Mount Rwenzori (Mt. Stanley) Expedition 2018

Mount Rwenzori (Mt. Stanley) Expedition 2018 

Margherita Peak – 5,109 Meter

 

 

Margherita Peak, Mount Stanley, Uganda.

 

 

 

Mount Rwenzori or Mount Stanley is a mountain located in the Rwenzori range of mountains. With an elevation of 5,109 m (16,763 ft), it is the highest mountain in Uganda and the third highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) and Mount Kenya (5,199 m). The peak and several other surrounding peaks are high enough to support glaciers and are permanently snow-capped. 

Mt. Rwenzori or Mt. Stanley consists of many peaks and the highest is Margherita Peak standing at 5,109 meters (16,763 ft).

The Rwenzori Mountains is a mountain range of eastern equatorial Africa, located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The glaciers on these mountains support the source of the river Nile, the longest river in the world at 4,135 miles (6,650 kilometers). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary For Climbing Mountain Rwenzori

 

 

Day 1 :    Check in at Trekkers Hostel Kilembe, located at the base camp 1450 meters. Briefing from the guides and start the trek to sleep st Sine Camp 5296 meters following a higher of 1146 meters.

Day 2:    Hike to Mutinda camp at 3688 meters, giving you a height gain of 1092 metres, in the afternoon at Mutinda one may wish to climb up Mutinda look out at 3975 meters of which apart from offering breathtaking views and it gives you good acclimatization since you would be continuing higher to the summit at 4620 metres.

Day 3:    Hike to Bugata Camp at 4100 meters, with a highest gain of 412 meters through the valley of amazingly unique beautiful plant species, streams and waterfalls while we head to Bugata camp at 4100 meters, the trek gets tougher and exhausting with the steep ridges, mud, and boggy sections, high steps but the rewards are enormously beautiful.

Day 4:    Hike to Hunwick’s camp at 3974 meters, via Bamwanjara pass at 4450 meters having excellent views of the main peaks whilst the trek.

Day 5:    Hike to Margherita camp at 4485 meters, passing down and across the valley floor to Lake Kitandara which is very stunning with deep water and beautiful vegetation, climbing through Scoot Elliot pass to Margherita camp.

Day 6:    Wake up at 2:00 am and have an early breakfast and set off to climb Mt Stanley going through its glaciers to the summit of Margherita peak at 5109 meters. After the summit we will descend down to Hunwicks camp at 3974 meters for the night. This is the longest day.

Day 7:    Descend down to Kiharo camp at 3640 meters through Oliver’s pass. Overnight at Kiharo camp set in a deep valley with high cliffs and dense vegetation.

Day 8:    Descend downhill past the moss covered rocks along rivers and beautiful forests back to the base camp in Kilembe. Debrief and refresh.

 

 

 

 

 

Ravichandran Everest (Ravi Everest) is really looking forward to this climb scheduled on 16th to 31st Jan 2018.