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Climbing the Cocuy Mountain

We’re not just blazing new paths on the Digital Frontier. Last December a couple of Zemoga staffers braved the snowy peaks of Colombia. Here is a first hand account of their adventure from Zemoga QA team member, Fabio Hernandez …

“Last Christmas, I went to La Sierra Nevada del Cocuy (one of the highest mountains in Colombia). It was an amazing experience. On Friday December 27th,

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We’re not just blazing new paths on the Digital Frontier. Last December a couple of Zemoga staffers braved the snowy peaks of Colombia. Here is a first hand account of their adventure from Zemoga QA team member, Fabio Hernandez …

“Last Christmas, I went to La Sierra Nevada del Cocuy (one of the highest mountains in Colombia). It was an amazing experience. On Friday December 27th, 2008. Juan Pablo Rodriguez (QA leader), his brother (Daniel), his Dad (Miguel) and myself started this adventure.

At 11 pm our Powerful Renault Clio started the trip to Cocuy town. And after driving 12 hours we finally reached our destination and unpacked the car.
Mr. Diego Guzman, who owns a 56` Nissan 4×4 took us on another off road ride of 2 hours to a farm called “La Esperanza”. Located at 9.514,44 feet, La Esperanza is a lovely place. It’s also where we had our last meal on a proper table with chairs. It also gave us time to rest bones and recover some strength for the walk ahead. A six hour hike was planned for the first day, so that we could reach camp II “Valle de los Frailejones” at 12,467.19 feet.

The next morning at 6 am we started out on the march to Playa Blanca our next base camp located at 14,763.78 feet. After 10 hours we finally arrived. We rested at the base camp and ate a lot, Then we set up our tents in a special place with a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape and the peaks “Pan de azucar” ,“The Toty” and “The Concavo” behind us .

We made an attempt to climb The Toty on Dec 29 in order to acclimate ourselves to the altitude. The Toty isn´t too high or dangerous compared to the Concavo. We had perfect weather and it was a nice walk with a beautiful view. It was also one of the most exciting moments in the trip for Miguel and Daniel because they saw the snow for the first time in their lives.

The next day we stayed in the base camp to prepare everything for our next challenge, the Concavo. We started our march on December 31st at 4am in the morning. After 6 hours Juan and I arrived to the summit. It was an amazing sensation as you can see in the video.

Long couloirs (deep gorges) separated us from the Concavito summit 328. 08 feet below the Concavo. However, this was an easy point of access for our not fully experienced guests. After that we started a happy walk back to the basecamp where a bottle of wine was waiting for us. This welcome refreshment served two purposes: it allowed us to celebrate the New Year’s Eve and the fact we came back safely from the mountain with some unforgettable memories.”

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