To travel so far for something that might not exist is to explore a possibility. It's also a great gamble. Tensions rise as our expedition: Abbey Smith, Pete Takeda, Jeff Rueppel, Mick Follari, Olivia Hsu and Dawn Kish, journeys into the deep valley of Quebrada Ultar in the Andes Mountains of Peru.
Reality is the world as it. Exploration is where the dream meets the unknown. The untracked and rugged nature of the terrain forces the burros to retreat at 15,100 feet. The team puts their unplanned basecamp in a broad, bucolic alpine valley, cut by several streams and strewn with boulders.
The next day begins a five-day period of rain and snow.