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The last of the pictures from our trek from the mines on the Colca Canyon back to Choco. This picture was taken while exiting the main Colca Canyon into the sub-canyon containing the Cusco/Majes River. The Colca recedes in the background, with the steep and barren walls rising about 8,000 feet from where this picture was taken, from about 6,000 feet (1,900m) to 14,000 feet (4,100m).

i accidentally underexposed this picture really bad... although looking back i don't know how. The exposure setting was set at -1.67, and i don't ever have it there unless i'm taking silhouettes in strong light. The previous picture was at -0.67. i'm thinking that my odd choice of exposure and shutter speed was likely dehydration induced...

Regardless, it took a little bit of post-processing to salvage it, but this is how it looked to me at the time i took it.

This is the last picture i took on the return to Choco even though another two or two and a half hours of travel remained. We had run out of water by this point in time, and i was just ready to get back to a water source.

We eventually did arrive back in Choco. Shortly after this picture was taken, the person who originally had the idea of packing as much of the gear as possible into one backpack found himself too tired to continue with the pack. i was "glad" to take the load for myself, and after about 30-45 minutes of getting wedged against the occasionally low ceilings of small tunnels cut out of the side of the mountain with a 1,000 foot (300m) drop looming on my right i was able to jettison my smaller backpack to the person who had been carrying the big one.

Upon our return to Choco, i let the other two regale the females of the group who had stayed behind with tales of snakes and sand, of brilliantly starry skies and flea-ridden sleep, of hot springs and dehydration. i walked into the town hall, where we were allowed to stay while in Choco, shed the backpack, grabbed the water filter and as many bottles as i could carry, and filtered between 12 and 15 liters of water for the team.

We all drank our fill, pretty much emptying the bottles, and managed to be friends again.

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Additional Photos by Sam Beer (SamB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 58 N: 416] (1948)
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