M&M Slideshow: Alpine Ice and Rock in Peru

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1 AM: time to go climbing!
Pitch 5 of 19 on the 5.11c "Paron Route" of La Esfinge. This big wall is at 18,000 ft!

Vitaliy Musiyenko and Hamik Mukelyan will give a free talk on Tuesday, November 26 at 7 pm about their two-month trip to Peru. In addition to good old-fashioned alpine suffering, the talk will include big walls in-a-day, 5.11+ finger cracks, and even a sport climbing competition. Their average elevation for the two months was 16,000 ft. Hamik will wax poetic about his four-hour cornice tunneling lead, and Vitaliy will remind the audience that it usually takes Hamik four hours to finish breakfast.

Vitaliy is a registered nurse from San Francisco, and Hamik, well... Hamik climbs things and is from LA. They met on SummitPost--not Craigslist personals as is widely rumored--and have climbed many a big wall and alpine route together. This was their first joint international trip.

Thanks for coming!

Around seventy booze-emboldened people braved Hamik's awful poop stories for an hour before Vitaliy took the reigns with his beautiful photography. Thank you for joining us for this fun night. Rumor has it that John Long showed up and that after the show Vitaliy and Hamik immediately hopped in a car to drive for 12 hours to Indian Creek?

Event Details

First sight of the acclaimed Alpamayo.
This event is kindly co-sponsored by the American Alpine Club
Vitaliy and Hamik with John Long the night of the slideshow.

This slideshow is Tuesday, November 26, 7 pm in Beckman Institute Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena. It is free of cost and there will be a reception beforehand with free food, free beer, and of course a bunch of local climbers to chat with. Copious thanks to the American Alpine Club for flying Vitaliy to LA for this slideshow and for supporting their entire trip with a Mountain Fellowship Grant.


The location is Beckman Institute Auditorium on Caltech's campus in Pasadena. If you came to the Banff Film Festival 2013, Beckman Institute is just west of the giant circular "wedding cake" building past a long fountain. Otherwise check out the Caltech interactive campus map or the Google map at the end of this page. Parking after 5 PM is easy and free. We recommend that you park in "Structure 1" in the visitor parking guide or on any of the streets around Caltech. Parking near the intersection of Wilson and San Pasqual would be perfect, since this is the closest intersection to the venue.



Here are the latitude and longitude of the venue: 34.139379N 118.126507W. Here is a Google Map.