Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) Gear List | Peru, 2014

Going Light in Peru

Going Light in Peru!

I hiked the CBT in August/September, which is “dry” season in the Central Andes of South America.

It is also winter, however, due to the fact that the Cordillera Blanca is situated so close to the equator, temperature fluctuations are relatively minor throughout the year.

Temperatures at around 4000 metres (13,123 ft), typically ranged between 20 ºC and -10ºC (dropping further at higher altitudes).

Despite the fact that it is technically considered to be dry season, in recent decades heavy rains, snowfalls and high winds are becoming increasingly common in the Cordillera Blanca between May and September.


Cordillera Blanca Traverse (CBT) Gear List | Peru, 2014 — 8 Comments

  1. This is a fantastic resource. Thank you! I’m planning a solo, fast pack trip in May 2017 – you’re info is invaluable in planning for it.

  2. Hi,
    I see you were using the Pepsi can stove at altitude.
    Most folk comment it doesn’t work well.
    I only boil water, never cook. Did you use the Alcohol de Quemar bought in the supermarkets?
    I have the Trail Designs set up but was going to take the MSR Whisperlite using benzina Blanca but it’s so heavy… but reliable!
    I always warmed my fuel in my jacket pocket….. so you had no problems making a brew???

    • Hey Catherine,

      I suspect most folks that say that haven´t spent much time hiking at high elevations. I’ve used alcohol stoves at altitude for the past two decades (all through the Himalaya and Andes) , and although the burn time is a little slower, they have always worked; at least up until the highest points at which I have camped around 17-18,000ft.

      Yes, you can buy it in hardware stores and often pharmacies.



  3. Hey Cam!

    I am planning on doing the exact same trip this summer, and I have to say that your beta helps a lot on such a marginalised hike! Regarding footwear, I was curious on what you used for this one. Trail Runners as usual, or the cold and wetness of the alpine thundra got you to choose boots?


    • Hi Colin,

      As it says in the gear list, I wore Brooks Cascadias. Not sure if I would call the route “marginalised.” I pioneered it in 2014, and I haven’t made much of an effort to spread the word. Based on my data, some friends of mine did it last year. I might put out a map set later this year; it is just a question of finding the time between work commitments.



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