First proper traverse of the Andes

Andes traverse photos

Holy crap someone’s actually done a 7,800 mile continuous traverse of the Andes! I’m sure you’re aware of it’s status as the longest mountain range in the world, because of this I’ve dreamed of doing it (along with Everest of course) since I was a kid. I’ve looked into it many times for reference, but all I could find were stories of people who walked the length of South America, on roads… I wanted to find a story of someone had actually walked the length of the mountain range, not the continent.

At last I’ve found it (almost a year after they completed it though)Deia Schlosberg (28) and Gregg Treinish (26) managed to do what I wasn’t even sure was possible. Now I’m hungry to follow in their footsteps 2012 Paul?

andes map

I’m surprised that it only took them 2 years (665 days), I’d guesstimated it would probably be at least 3. Although if you look at their route, they seemed to missed a fairly big chunk at the top? Oh yeah, it’s Colombia, probably didn’t want to get shot ! Maybe there’s still time for me to be the first person to do it all :)

Not only were they the first people to backpack the Andes Mountain Range (walk it through the mountains without relying on roads), but also and Deia became the first woman to walk across South America.

Read their journal »
• See all their photos from the trip »
• Check out their video on YouTube »

Well my hat’s off to you guys, an amazing journey and thoroughly worthy of your best adventure of the year award.

Via: Best Hike.

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