Tag: Inca Trail


Trekking Onward

Yesterday the trekkers accessed the famed Inca trail under sunny skies and a light breeze, the perfect weather conditions for trekking in the Andes. The four-day forecast called for sunshine and more importantly, no rain. All were emotional and apprehensive as they set out. The started the trek at 7,000 feet and trekked eight miles […]

Learn More

The Journey Begins

Great accomplishments generally have their roots in humble beginnings. Today nine adventurous individuals from Minnesota and South Dakota started their trek on the Inca Trail. It is estimated that the 26-mile trek through the Andes is made up of over 82,000 steps and 55,000 stairs. They are hiking to create awareness for the plight of […]

Learn More

Machu Picchu!

Today the trekkers will arrive to their destination, the famed Machu Picchu.  Tonight they will celebrate their achievement in the mountain town of Aguascalientes.   They will get their first shower in over four days and get to sleep in a real bed! Tomorrow they will travel back to Lima to meet the children for whom […]

Learn More

The Climb to 13,828 Feet

Yesterday the trekkers set out on a trip of a lifetime, hiking the famed Inca Trail. Today, they were faced with one of the most difficult challenges of their life – the climb to Dead Woman’s Pass at 13,828 feet up in the Andes Mountains. In camp tonight they will celebrate their victory. Thank you […]

Learn More

No Turning Back!

This afternoon, five volunteers embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, to raise awareness and funds to bring smiles to children across the globe through Smile Network International. The group consists of a wide range of individuals ages 17-61 including a US Air Force Veteran, psychologist and 17-year old high school student. They departed today from […]

Learn More

Camaraderie on the Inca Trail

Guest Blog by By Caryn Sullivan, Pioneer PRess When I heard about the mix of Minnesotans who were going to climb the Inca Trail together in July, I thought, “I’d like to be a fly in that mess tent!” After all, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and Pam Borton, former Minnesota […]

Learn More

Oxygen is scarce at 12,000 feet!

They arrived into Lima late Wednesday night and traveled on to Cusco Peru Thursday afternoon. Immediately, your lungs know you have arrived into Cusco. The oxygen is scarce at 12.000 feet. Observing the trekkers pull their luggage across the airport parking lot with a 3% grade huffing and puffing I intuitively knew they were second […]

Learn More

Where is your mountain and are you climbing it?

Last Wednesday, July 1, 18 individuals set out on a trip to traverse the famed Inca trail to Machu Pichu. They will trek for four days and camp on the side of a mountain for three nights. They will walk through rainforests, orchid fields and climb higher than the clouds to the summit of dead […]

Learn More

Climb any mountains lately?

Over the next two weeks, 26 adventurous individuals embark on a journey of a lifetime—to hike the famed Inca Trail to Machu Pichu. Their purpose: to create awareness about the hundreds of thousands of children in developing countries who suffer as social outcasts because they have been born with clefts. After they complete the four-day, […]

Learn More

Trekkers Reach Dead Woman’s Pass!

Two hours before the trekkers woke at dawn this morning, the guide company that will take them up the mountain was busy preparing breakfast. The entire group consists of 14 trekkers, 20 porters, 3 cooks and 2 guides. The hard-working porters are from the countryside. They are simple farmers who supplement their income by working […]

Learn More