So the volcano's name is Parinacota, where did the name of the film come from?
AG: Payachatas means twins in Aymara, the native language of the area. Twins because the Parinacota is in front of another volcano, the Pomerape (20,620 feet / 6,285 meters), and they are often called twins.
Can you talk about preparing for a big mission like this? What happened well before you made your way to the summit?
AG: It was not easy, there were many months of organization. The first thing I had to do was to look for financing, and thanks to Spark R&D and other brands that supported me, this was possible.
Then to think and organize the logistics, I prepared it almost alone, together with the producer. All the tourism information that exists on the internet are ascents during the summer, there was no information for the time we wanted to go. The volcano is at more than 19.000 feet during the summer at the summit are many Penitentes, which are snowblade formations that only form at high elevations. We had to go in the right conditions which only occur during the Bolivian winter. But you have to plan carefully, the window is between March and May... March is very rainy, April the sun comes out and then in May the temperature can increase a lot.
I talked to a friend who had skied it 1 year ago in April, I was guided by his advice... I decided to bet on the date and go from April first to the fifteenth.
Those months before I trained a lot, but not in altitude. One week before leaving for the expedition I climbed the Cerro El Plomo (17,716 / feet 5,400 meters), it was the first time I climbed over 16,400 feet... I felt terrible, ha!
And in three days after that, we traveled north, the die was cast and we had to acclimatize in the desert, we were ready for the preparation.
P1 Nelly, Anto, Marissa and Pau next to the "Cholitas Climbers" at the foot of the Parinacota volcano (6,380 meters) and Pomerape (6,282 meters). P2 Pau Carro enjoying her “maté” in the Chungara Lagoon at 4,517 meters, these were our acclimatization. P3 Portrait of Gregoria. She performed the “Pawa” ceremony, an ancient ceremony where we ask for protection from the earth and the mountains.