REMOTE PERU self-track trek

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The extraordinary is possible for $195 billed monthly over 8 months… 

Join us on an epically physical + humanly digital 9 day exploration

for designers / photographers / outdoor enthusiasts

CORDILLERA BLANCA MOUNTAINS trekking + tracking exploration //   TBA  2014



LaN fee listed is INCLUSIVE of:  inner-Peru travels including airport pick-up / accommodations / breakfasts in Lima & Huaraz b&b’s / all meals during 4 days of camping by a local cook  / park passes / rented camping equipment  … and of course en-route sessions. International participants please arrive by evening of September 16th. Experience limited to first 10 registrants; secure your place with your first $195 payment.  

led by :   Monika Wittig  LaN / live architecture network   +   Mick Follari  alpinist / photographer  




  • please arrive in LIMA by August 3 or 4
  • AUG 5  //  LIMA > HUARAZ  / transport  8 hour bus am departure via cruz del sur or movil tours
  • AUG  6-7 // HUARAZ / acclimation period / data lessons, day hike & Huaraz explorations
  • AUG  8-9 // HUARAZ – to – BASECAMP / trek / strenuous 4-to-6 hours/day
  • AUG 10-11 //  BASECAMP / remote workshop /  @15,500′ altitude
  • AUG 12 // BASECAMP > HUARAZ / descent
  • AUG 13 // HUARAZ > LIMA / transport 
  • earliest recommended Lima departure AUG 14




‘Remote sensing’ typically means the ability to collect data from a distance; in Peru it takes on double meaning as we will be privileged to dually explore the limitations and tolerances of terrain data acquired online (while in Huaraz) in juxtaposition to the opportunities our on-site sensing will allow via physical contact to our amazingly remote basecamp.

The other duality of this 9 day exploration comes with the interest not only in the digital < > physical feedback of terrain features but perhaps more importantly the self monitoring on our adaptive beings as we arrive from multiple locales to acclimate together for 2 days in Huaraz (10,000′) before proceeding to an altitude of 15,500′ from where we  will continue to track our body responses. 

  • Why is LaN pursuing  body data tracking and becoming insistent on its relevance to advancing architectural design strategies?

LaN’s current explorations are driven by a brief we have titled in 2012 ‘LIVING FORCES‘.  Continuing on a quest to guide our endeavors increasingly science-like and field-based–  LaN is curating experiences with further diverse people / places and technological resources.

LIVING FORCES is building off our prior ‘LIVE FORCES’ agenda whereby our energy focused on understanding how designers could capture, visualize and respond to differential (often invisible) environmental forces and led us to look within the custom sail-making industry for insight.

In recently realized projects and forwarding discourses we began to recognize perhaps a misaligned focus on these environmental forces as an ‘entity’ rather than a dynamic factor who’s impact on the human body is what truly matters more than the rendering of or responding to the forces themselves. Arguably the human species simply cannot care to invest in an ecosystem in which we no longer exist; what matters most is our ability to enable human-life to thrive.  There is no doubt that human health is reliant on our environment.  Nevertheless we see an urgent need to turn our tools to ourselves placing greater emphasis on understanding our human health and in turn giving it an unprecedented prioritization in design strategies.

Body data tracking may reveal the extent to which our group perceives environmental forces differently despite our similarities in internal make-up. Ultimately we are attempting to highlight the use of software and sensing devices to further enable our extraordinary sensoring abilities.

  • crafted-nature of data collection
  • how one can utilize the website COSM
  • photographic image data
  • Arduino & DIY sensor making
  • collaborative aspects of digital fabrication
  • data management
  • kml / gpx tracking
  • self-tracking (body data)
  • terrain modeling & milling (explorations in Rhino/RhinoCAM)

With our unique remoteness, we will be challenged to devise ways of meet our tracking ambitions with our varying communication & power access. This should provide an amazingly strategic test for us.

Sessions in Huaraz intend to utilize some video conferencing with  FABLAB Colombia (subject to our internet capacity).

Participants will need laptops to participate fully in sessions held in Huaraz; smaller devices are best for trek sessions (ipads / smartphones / cameras / etc)






The Cordillera Blanca is an Andean mountain range in the Ancash Region of Peru about 8 hours (175km) by bus from Lima. There are 16 peaks over 6000m (20,000ft), and another 17 over 5000m, the highest concentration of such high-altitiude peaks in the tropics in the world. Huascarán, the highest mountain in Peru and clearly visible from Huaraz (3000m), stands at 6,768 metres (22,205 ft) and is the third highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. It is surrounded by other dramatic peaks over 6000m and few other places in the world offer such close and comfortable access to such a concentration of high and wild peaks as the town of Huaraz, where fine foods, microbrewed beer and comfortable beds make acclimatization easy and fun. From here, treks, camps and climbs can be reached in a matter of a few days; similar access in the Himalaya might require several weeks.

The intended journey will take us to a seldom-visited gorgeous camp below lake Yuracocha, at the foot of the 3 peaks of the Santa Cruz cirque. Open to the West, with views out to the Cordillera Negra, this valley affords outstanding evening and nighttime photo opportunities of the faces and ridges of Santa Cruz Grande (6241m), Central and Norte, trout fishing, and incredible granite bouldering. A two-day trek from the small town of Hualcayan will put us at this scenic basecamp at 4750m from where we can explore the surrounding terrain, ecosystem, and test various remote tracking technologies. We will be joined by a professional camp chef, and burros (pack donkeys) will take the majority of the loads in for us. A horse can be made available for anyone concerned about the difficulty of the trek.

Access to basecamp is 2 x 4-to-6 hour trekking days

  • 4 tent nights / 2 full days of exploring around a stunning basecamp
  • on the approach, you will only need to carry a day pack with water, jacket and camera; donkeys will carry the rest
  • those desiring to join us for this experience yet lack the hiking stamina, we will allocate a horse for you on our base-camp approach
  • 3 nights & 2 full days will be spent in Huaraz prior to properly acclimatize (Huaraz sits at 10,013 ft)
  • the only real danger is altitude sickness;  a horse will carry any participant falling ill to safely reduce exertion on one’s body
  • our first two trek days will be strenuous as we head to our basecamp at 15,500 ft
  • 2 full days will be spent at basecamp, allowing a full range of light and stars for photography, as well as side hikes for tracking studies
  • you will not be trekking in the snow, but you will have spectacular views of high snow-capped peaks
  • experienced participants will have the option to proceed to more difficult terrain with Alpinist Mick Follari during our basecamp time to aid our data-collection attempts
  • the descent from camp is one 5-6 hour trek out the way we came, delicious food and drinks will be waiting in Huaraz that evening

safe & gorgeous hiking in the world’s highest mountain range outside of Asia / excellent weather May to September / appropriate for all experience levels / red quenua trees and stunning turquoise lakes complimented by soaring snowy peaks







initiate monthly payments above – top right of post

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limited to 10  

  • amateur explorer with personal health tracking interest / stamina to sustain up to 6 hours per day trekking at high altitude
  • individuals with physical & digital inclinations interested in data-collection / photography




//  MONIKA WITTIG co-founder LaN live architecture network

Monika currently explores the collaborative potential of digital design + fabrication practices as Director of LaN  (live architecture network). Monika directs international LaN workshops in collaboration with local fabrication resources as well as current concentrated efforts in Rome in collaboration with Solido 360 prototyping. Monika formerly served as visiting faculty for Montana State University IN/ARCH – Istituto Nazionale di Architettura (Rome). She holds a postgraduate degree in ‘Digital Architecture Production’ from IaaC (Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona) and has studied at  AA (Architectural Association, London) & The University of Colorado. Monika credits her early architectural experience with the practices Office for Metropolitan Architecture  (OMA now REX), Research + Design (ReD) and collaborative experience with Vicente Guallart Architects.

To-date: LaN has conducted workshops in 18 countries since late 2007.

Current Status: on-line @Boulder

//  MICK FOLLARI alpinist / photographer

Mick is an alpine climber with a passion for exploration and remote first ascents in the big ranges. Having runstraight from an Ivy-league graduation to the mountains, he has applied his creativity and talents to alpinism, photography, web design, high-end home building, writing and teaching. Mick’s photography has been featured in Men’s Journal, a number of international climbing publications, and in commercial use. He’s explored over 30 countries, summited numerous 6000-meter peaks in the Andes and Himalaya, rock climbs throughout the world, and is also an alumnus of the 1999 Silver Queen Flight, an expedition that was featured in National Geographic Magazine. For the past several years, he and Pete Takeda have been exploring remote unclimbed peaks in Peru and the Himalaya, seeking difficult lines and committing to them in lightweight alpine-style ascents.To-date: 8 Peruvian expeditions over the last 15  years

Current Status: off-line @ Peru for 5 week team expedition – THE INCAN ODYSSEY hopes to discover and climb some of the untapped wealth of bouldering in the Blanca. They’ll also attempt more traditional ice/mixed/snow climbs up to 6000+ meters.







The only part of this trip considered possibly dangerous is the high altitude; participants are not expected to encounter any dangerous (steep) terrain, wildlife, snow fields (avalanche danger) or other typical mountaineering concerns. Please note this is a trek and will not consist of any ‘climbing’ portions.

You will be led by a professional alpinist with significant experience in the Cordillera Blanca range. You will only be expected to carry a daypack; donkeys will aid us with the rest. We will give consideration to bringing a horse to ensure a safe passing should anyone become altitude sick.

We ask participants to evaluate their fitness capacity and commit to a routine that will prepare oneself to hike 4 to 6 hours. We have factored in acclimatizing days that will accommodate even international participants not living at any significant altitude presently.  Feel free to direct any questions to us on your preparations. Once registered you will receive a reference pack list from Mick.

Participants are encouraged to register with their local ALPINE CLUB as an extra measure of safety; registration provides emergency assistance.




Lima Airport: LIM Jorge Chávez International Airport is located 11km/7mi from the center of LIMA.
If you are staying in the group accommodations as listed, we are advised it only takes 10 minutes to reach. The airbnb accommodation offers airport pickups for $20. Depending on your arrival time we may be able to set up a group pickup.

LIM is served by directs from:

TORONTO via Air Canada; MADRID via Air Europa + Iberia; MEXICO CITY via Aeroméxico; PARIS via Air France; AMSTERDAM via KLM; HOUSTON & NEWARK via United; FORT LAUDERDALE via Spirit; SAN SALVADOR via Taca & many LAN AIRLINES cities.



  • sensoring devices *should you have any handy…  heart rate monitors/gps/temperature/blood pressure/oximeter
  • mobile technologies–camera/laptop/ipad/smartphone/solar chargers/scanning technologies                                             our power access (charging abilities) will be quite limited at basecamp– smart phones / ipads / tablets / small devices best               please bring your laptops for Huaraz acclimation day activities – you will have option to safely store things you do not wish to take on the trek in Huaraz to retrieve on our return
  • camping accoutrements--sleeping bag/sleeping pad/headlamp (LaN fee includes rentals for any equipment you do not have)
  • technical clothing— clothing that will help you face varying weather optimally from heat of high altitude sun–to strong winds–to possible rain to less likely frosty early mornings.
  • trekking gear–day pack/water bottle/shoes of choice /sunglasses/



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