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Below Gara Gara Pass

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As soon as I set foot upon the tiny Gara Gara Pass, a gale so strong as to blow me off the top desended from out of the blue, without any sign of abating I had to seek safety by coming down to the scree below immediately.

The late afternoon sun illuminated the seldom visited head of Quebrada Alpamayo below, turning all the glaciated peaks blindingly bright.

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