(Ed’s note: Chamonix-based ski mountaineers Andreas Fransson and Bjarne Sahlén are in the early stages of a three-month peak bagging mission in South America. This post--video by Sahlén, text by Fransson, featuring Ecuador and filed from Peru--is the first in a series beamed out from the road to Powder.com.)
By Andreas Fransson
Going south, always south, through the mighty Andes. South, passing an occasional mountain on the way. Traveling from mountain to mountain, covering the distance by bus, and trailing ski and expedition equipment to be able to to realize dreams on the way. In a Jules Verne fashion, we try to adventure our way through the everyday obstacles and, in a skier perspective, globe-trotting the South American Andes from north to south.
We have left Ecuador and Chimborazo behind us and are right now in Peru and have already scaled and skied the highest mountain over here. Now, we are resting before we keep on in a southerly direction.
The ascent of Chimborazo was one of the biggest slogs I have done in my life, mostly because of not yet being sufficiently acclimatized, and the skiing in that beaten state was truly amazing. Doing turns on perfect chalk snow so high above the clouds and the Ecuadorian Sierras this close to the equator is something I will remember for the rest of my life.
The reasons why we are here are manyfold, but do the reasons always matter when you get to be out there on a big adventure with a great friend?