"Nathan Luckenbill"

Track us through South America

While on the mountain, Tuan and I will be carrying a Delorme InReach personal locator. If you like to see exactly where we are on the mountain and if we’re doing OK use the link below:

Track us!

The above website will show you our exact location and everyday Tuan and I will be sending out preset status messages on our health. I hope that by taking this on our trip we can help put our friends and families minds at ease!



Preparing to leave for South America..


Tuan and I have been preparing for this trip for almost a year. It is hard to believe it is finally here. The last few months have been a roller coaster for me. Since October, I have been dealing with knee issues and it has totally consumed my thoughts. I have been doing physical therapy and everything I possibly can to get ready for this trip. I can honestly say at times, I didn’t think I was going to make it, but with the amazing support of Allie, my family and my physical therapists, I can say now I am stronger and ready to take on this trip!

I think anxious would best describe both Tuan and I’s feelings right now. We have seriously spent the last year accumulating over 100 lbs of mountaineering gear to take on this amazing adventure. We’re ready to see what these Andes mountains have in store for us!

Stay tuned for another blog post on how you can track Tuan and I on our quest through South America via GPS. For now, here are some pictures of all of our shit!




Highland Mary Lakes

For years now, Justin and I have complained to each other, after the fact of course, that we didn’t do a backpacking trip over the extended 4th of July weekend. Well, this year we decided to change that and really maximize the long weekend. After calling the ranger station in Silverton to get the latest scoop on the conditions, we decided on a 10 mile loop of the Highland Mary Lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness over Ice Lakes Basin due to the latter being mostly frozen still. To add some icing to the cake we found out rafting was in order for the July 4th festivities with some of Sara’s friend in Durango.


The Three Apostles

Huron Peak Hike

Huron Peak Hike

Date Climbed: 6/28/14
Difficulty: Class 2
Summit Elev.: 14,003 feet
Trailhead Elev.: 10,560 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
RT Length: 6.5 miles
Trailhead: Clear Crk./S.Winfield

This ended up being a last minute trip for us and we ended up driving out late Friday night to Buena Vista to camp by the trailhead, however, we were lucky enough to be graced with a beautiful alpenglow. I immediately instructed Nate to pull over and scrambled to gather my camera equipment. Not using it in 3-4 months due to being in for repair it was all a mess. Dead batteries in the remote, filters out of place, a filthy/dusty sensor, etc. I had about 10-15 minutes to get a good shot and a solid timelapse…the results were great.