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By Jason Lantz
Jan 4, 2013
The narrative is on the donation page....

crowdtilt.com/campaigns/peru-f...

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By Brian C.
From Longmont, CO
Jan 4, 2013
On Blanca after traversing from LB
Holy crap! That is scary.

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By NickinCO
From colorado
Jan 4, 2013
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
link doesn't show on work computer, can someone post here?

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By Rob Kepley
From Westminster,CO
Jan 4, 2013
Yosemite Valley..
adventureamericas.wordpress.co...

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By NickinCO
From colorado
Jan 4, 2013
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.


Thanks. That sounds wild.

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By Old Crusty
Jan 4, 2013
Don't you wish you could send in the Marines! What a horrible story.

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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Jan 4, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
This is insane!

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By Charles Kinbote
From Brooklyn, NY
Jan 4, 2013
On Waimea, 5.10d
Scary stuff. I wish them a speedy recovery.

You've got to be careful in a lot of South American cities. I was just in Caracas, Venezuela and several nearby villages and it was definitely a bit sketchy. You just don't walk around at night there, according to our local friends and guides, who were showing us around. The taxi service the hotel provided was outfitted with bullet proof glass, and the drivers wouldn't let us open the windows at night "for our own safety" nor would they stop at red lights. Nevertheless, we had a great time, and I don't mean to talk shit. Not too much shit, at least.

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By CJC
Jan 4, 2013
crazy story but unfortunately not that surprising. I'd never drive that route without a shotgun which would have come out the second that dude started calling his peeps.

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By Unassigned User
Jan 4, 2013
its a third world country its to be expected...

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By MJMobes
From The land of steady habits
Jan 4, 2013
modern man
Bet they wont do that again

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By gearwhore
From Orange, CA
Jan 4, 2013
Well I'm sure with the book and movie deal they'd get from such a epic adventure story that it'd more than cover the amount they're asking for...(donations).

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By Medic741
From Pittsford, New York
Jan 4, 2013
When I was a bum at Frey
Thanks for sharing.

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By Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Jan 4, 2013
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...
That's horrendous. Sometimes I feel like I'm a bit over an over-worrier. But then I hear something like this and feel justified in taking precautions.

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By gunter
Jan 4, 2013
Bump...Easy to say what you would and would not do from a keyboard in the states but I'd be running fools over left and right.

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By coldatom
From Cambridge, MA
Jan 4, 2013
Jurassic Park
thefish wrote:
its a third world country its to be expected...


Really? I think you and I have spent time in very different 3rd world countries.

Maybe different first world countries as well, judging by your aversion to apostrophes.

I kid.

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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Jan 4, 2013
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.
I tend to be overly cautious, and hyper-vigilant when traveling in sketchy areas in the US, and abroad. I suppose it mostly stems from living in Los Angeles (then Vegas), and witnessing a lot of random acts of violence growing up; from having a gun pointed at my head, and in the mouths of others while bullets were flying, and seeing my friend dragged, and thrown in a backseat of a car, and raped, to working in environments where violence is witnessed almost on a daily basis. That being said, the victims in this case were either very brave to travel like that, or somewhat naive. What a horrendous ordeal! Wish them the best in their recovery.

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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Jan 4, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.
I have been to several third world countries. Most of them in Africa, a few in eastern Europe. Standard procedure is to go nowhere without either a respected local member of the region/community representing you and guiding you, or large numbers of well armed folks. This may not be the case everywhere, but it was certainly the case in the majority of less developed and impoverished nations I have been to.

I wish them a quick mental and physical recovery.

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By Unassigned User
Jan 4, 2013
coldatom wrote:
Really? I think you and I have spent time in very different 3rd world countries. Maybe different first world countries as well, judging by your aversion to apostrophes. I kid.

attitudes like this are why people get beat with rocks in 3rd world countries.

i kid

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By Jason Lantz
Jan 4, 2013
not funny...

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By Eric D
From Gnarnia
Jan 4, 2013
Born again on the last move of the Red Dihedral, high Sierras.
Jake Jones wrote:
Standard procedure is to go nowhere without either a respected local member of the region/community representing you and guiding you, or large numbers of well armed folks.


Yikes. I can't believe that is your take on travelling in the third world. I can confirm that this is NOT standard procedure in the vast majority of third world countries.

The vast majority of people in third world countries are incredibly welcoming and kind. Of course, there are exceptions abroad as there are here in the U.S.

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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Jan 4, 2013
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
I'm with Jake. Befriend the locals, immediately. Try to have one accompany you as a paid guide if you plan on going into uncharted territory.

This is shitty. Sometimes I begin to forget what a fucked up world we live in. Then I read something like this...

Makes me want to go taco on Peru.

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By K Weber
Jan 4, 2013
supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2...


"""""So what happened to the climbing gear?

The post here and on MP labels these people as climbers. Are there threads on Cascades or bicyling or backpacker or travel forums?

This story and shopping list makes me think that this girl thinks that Americans should be rescued by Bill Clinton and have all new American possessions waiting for them when they get back home.

4k for a laptop?? Sheeesh

Why not list 30k for a Toyota. Just leave that beater behind. Don't ship it back.""""""

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By Unassigned User
Jan 4, 2013
Jason Lantz wrote:
not funny...

but true

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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Jan 4, 2013
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.
I have quite a few friends here in Vegas who are from third world, and impoverished countries, and they are super cautious, and even somewhat paranoid when traveling "back home." Some even feel the need to hire armed bodyguards. My Nigerian friend says she careful to not even speak while taking a taxi to her village, as there's big risk of kidnapping for ransom, and it can be detected in her accent that she's lived in the US (10 years), and may have money. Her friend will do all the talking when out, and about until she's safe in her family's compound. That's just one example of many stories some of my foreign born friends tell me. I'm sure chances are nothing will happen, but it doesn't hurt to minimize the risks, no matter where you are. Desperate folks can do desperate things, and there's no doubt, political unrest in many of these countries. But to each their own..

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By NickinCO
From colorado
Jan 4, 2013
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
Living in chicago I've been jacked multiple times by gun and knife point. It really sucks to be in that situation. I don't roadtrip (even within the US) unarmed.

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