A Not-So-Easy Hike for an Otherworldly View

A Not-So-Easy Hike for an Otherworldly View

A year ago, Brandon and LeAnn Morris decided to quit their jobs in Seattle and hit the road. Not an uncommon premise for anyone that follows any adventurous Instagram accounts, but they actually did it. Six months of passport stamps from Nepal, Thailand, New Zealand, Japan, Chile, and the list goes on. Through all of their adventures, Peru emerged as one of the couple’s favorites and particularly the Ausangate trek, which led them to the striated Vinicunca Mountains and eventually their next job. The duo has since started the travel business FlashpackerConnect, which leads trips out of Cusco, with the rainbow mountains being their featured trip. Five days of high altitude trekking and you are rewarded with this view. Here, a preview of what you might see along this relatively undiscovered trail.

Pro Skier Sierra Quitiquit's Patagonia Hideaway

Pro Skier Sierra Quitiquit's Patagonia Hideaway

They say you can't run from your problems. That might be true, but I think you can run to a better place for them to follow you. I was 15 when I lost my oldest brother to a car accident; by the time I turned 18, the sadness became overwhelming. The only sure place I knew to find happiness was with skis on my feet, so I ditched the States and started ski bumming around South America. This is when I first stumbled into Refugio Frey. It captured me from the first moment, appearing like a secret mountain palace far removed from the complexities of modern life. I earned my stay by cleaning and helping the hut keeper. I found refuge in Mother Nature. I laughed. I skied some of the best and most beautiful lines in my life. And I healed.

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