MSP Peru Ski Trip Report by Cody Townsend

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Alpamayo with climbers for scale
Alpamayo with climbers for scale

Matchstick Productions just sent a crew down to Peru to ski and film in Peru’s incredible Cordiella Blanca.  The Peru team included James Heim, Scott Gaffney, Sam Anthamatten, Adrian Ballinger, Canyon Florey, & Jason Ebelheiser.  Below are a couple of excerpts from Cody Townsend’s recent article for about MSP’s ski mountaineering adventure in Peru..

words by Cody Townsend.  See the full Trip Report with photos here:

Quitaraju image
Quitaraju image.  This is a peak the MSP crew skied


Technical ice axesTwelve-point steel crampons. The first thought that came to James Heim as he read the to-bring gear list for a Matchstick Productions film trip in June to Peru’s Cordillera Blanca: “This is not something I should be doing.”

While no stranger to big mountains, Heim’s style as a skier has always been centered around fast descents on British Columbia’s skyscraper peaks. So skiing 20,000-foot glaciated mountains in Peru — including a mission to ski the never-before-skied Alpamayo and the not-often-skied Quitaraju — was a new challenge for Heim.


Check out the full report as well as some great photos here:  MSP in Peru

SnowBrains own Lee Lyon also spent a month down here skiing many of the peaks in the area.  Check out Lee’s reports and copious amount of photos from Peru here:  One Month in Peru

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  1. Definitely curious what they were able to pull off down there. Cool having some of the best skiers skiing those type of lines. the conditions are almost never good there.

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