The presses are rolling again; September edition is on its way to Huaraz

W e would like to inform our faithful followers and readers that the September edition is expected to be in Huaraz at the end of next week. Our September edition counts with 24 pages of information on treks, climbs and updated tourist information but it will also offer a couple of interesting interviews that we have conducted the past months.

In the September edition of 2017, we have the following articles on offer:

Belgian climber summits Huascarán 32 years after his father lost his legs on the same climb

The following story is an emotional and inspiring one that involves a Belgian family. The story begins in 1985 with a group of four ambitious young Belgian climbers (Pierre Gobbels, Philippe van Rillaer, Patrick Tinteler and Jean Garcia), who had the intention to summit Mount Huascarán, Peru’s highest peak at 6,768m. During the expedition on Huascarán, Jean Garcia, the father of Thomas Garcia-Cabale, suffered a serious accident while trying to avoid a crevasse. At approximately one hundred metres from the top, the leading member of the expedition of four, slipped, fell and broke his leg. Sadly, due to complications, doctors had to amputate both legs of Thomas’ father and ten toes of his godfather. Thirty-two years later, Thomas, son of Jean Garcia, is back in Huaraz to complete the mission his father and godfather had begun, and also to try to close the chapter of a book that has left deep marks and caused, understandably, many family difficulties during his youth. We met with Thomas in Huaraz prior to and after his expedition to Mount Huascarán and are happy to share his life (changing) story.

The Peruvian Dream

In our twenty-first version of the Peruvian Dream we have interviewed an American who has been living continually in Carhuaz since 1998, but first visited the area in 1984 as an undergraduate student. She was born in Indiana and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. Her father was a clinical psychologist on the psych ward of the Veterans Hospital downtown Chicago for 25 years and her mother was a primary school teacher and counselor. Who is would be our interviewee?

Disabled people (1)

The Huaraz Telegraph spoke with Victor Alfonso Ramos Icaza (67), who is the son of Víctor Ramos Guardia (1901-1992) after whom the local hospital is named. Mr. Ramos was born in Huaraz and is an electronical engineer by trade, although he is also a social communicator and despite being fully blind, he still successfully conducts two live radio programmes in Huaraz, which are aimed at disabled people in Huaraz and the Callejón de Huaylas. Additionally, Mr. Ramos is a diabetes patient who since the age of 11 had to take a daily shot of insulin, but this has never stopped him making radio. During the interview, we noticed that Mr. Ramos, despite having lost his sight, is one of the most positive people we´ve ever met and is still a very active member of Huaraz society.

Disabled people (2)

Our editor met the Italian members of the “Arrampicande 2017 Expedition guided by Pietro Rago (56), a professional climber from the province of Brescia in Lombardy, Italy. Pietro came to Huaraz this year to organise a very special and meaningful expedition in the Cordillera Blancais meant to inspire people who for various reasons believe it is impossible for them to live an adventure, inviting them to leave their home and to step outside their comfort zone, no matter where to and no matter what activity they choose to do, to be part of a team, to live a unique experience, that way teaching them new skills and creating a link between people of different social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. Participating in an international climbing expedition like this one is the dream of every climber, both expert and amateurs. However, for a disabled person this becomes something much more extreme and maybe even unattainable. Rago believes this is and should be made possible for all, so he decided to set up a team that includes disabled climbers supported by expert climbers, film-makers and journalists and chose Huaraz as the place to be to open some new alpine routes in the Rurec valley, located south of Huaraz within the Huascaran National Park.

Kate and the bamboo bicycle called ´Woody´

Through the years, we have now interviewed a couple of cyclists who for different reasons visited the Huaraz area on a bike. Faithfull readers will definitely remember Fernando (Nando) Padrós from Catalunya in Spain who abandoned European society, left his home, friends and job behind and took to his bicycle and was cycling around the world trying to support children in need. In February of 2014 we had the pleasure of meeting another intrepid cyclist in the name of Álvaro Pérez Ramirez, a veterinarian from San Diego (USA), who was travelling the world trying to raise awareness for the need for animal protection. That same year we also met Loretta Henderson from Canada who was cycling around the world and she started the Women on Wheels Wall; a community of over 120 solo female bicycle tourists from all around the world. Last but not least, we also got to know the Pikes on Bikes, who wrote a very interesting cycling guidebook. All of them, interestingly, had a goal or message they wanted to spread and the story of Kate Rawles is likewise very inspiring. Kate is from the UK although she grew up in Scotland and she may be called an adventurous environmental activist or freelance outdoor philosopher as she is raising awareness about the loss of biodiversity cycling through the rough Andes. We met Kate in Huaraz for a coffee and got informed that her bike is probably the UK´s first home-grown bicycle.

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