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THE HUARAZ TELEGRAPHMade in Huaraz AUGUST 2013 FREE/GRATIS!
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The Huaraz Telegraph conducted an interview with the director of the Inkafest festival
First conqueror of Rondoy wants his record
to be acknowledged
Continuation of our expat interviews
Expat in Huaraz
page 8During public holidays, budgets were squeezed
Thinking of doing some volunteer work in Huanchaco or Trujillo?
Bus fares increase up to 200%
Special offer for our readers:Buy 2 drinks & pay only 1!
See page 7 for our special offer
The Welshman was also the first to warn Yungay and Huaraz about possible dangers back in 1964
All the volunteering options in Huanchaco
Was the event the success the organisers hoped for?
AntacochaFest 2013 review
A readers funny contribution about a vicuas count
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The EditorialHad you heard of Huaraz, or did you get here by coincidence?
As faithful readers might know, the August edition is the second to last edition of this year. Though the high season has not come to end yet and it might be premature to rash forward
to conclusions, Huaraz is getting fewer visitors every year. Though figures can be manipulated and are often just made up in Peru, Alejandro Solis Neyra (The Dean of the College of Graduates in Tourism in Ancash) listened worriedly to Perus President Ollanta
Humalas Speech for the Nation on the 28th of July.
Ollanta said that on a yearly basis, 2,800,000 foreigners visit Peru and thus are an important source of income for many. On an internal level, 35,000,000 Peruvians travel during public holidays like Semana Santa (Easter), Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day) or special occa-sions to see family such as during Christmas. According to statistics (source not mentioned by Solis), 42,137 tourists visit ncash. Readers should know that Chimbote, Huarmey and Casma are also part of ncash so these figures are not only referring to Huaraz. Sadly, this means that only 1.5% of the foreign tourists visit ncash. A shocking two out of every 100 tourists visit the Highest Cordillera of Peru. In terms of national tourism, 162,020 Peruvians
visited the region of ncash, which represent only 0.45%. Less than half a percent!
All of these figures are shocking for most involved in tourism but not for your editor. In almost seven years living in Huaraz, I still have to come across the first advertisement on national television to promote Huaraz. Of course, we could blame DIRCETUR (Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism) but I guess they are too busy with other things like visiting useless parades, vegetable fairs and so on. After all, the touts at the Cruz del Sur bus station are still there. Tourists are still being attacked when they come off their bus and are overloaded with flyers of agencies that are worried that tourist go to their rivals. For the record, Cruz del Sur is not the only bus station where the captadores (touts) are active, I have seen them also at Linea, Oltursa, Z-Buss and Movil Tours. If I only had my own bus company Like most intelligent business entrepreneurs do, lets just blame the Huaraz
Telegraph, thats easy because we always focus on the negative side of life!
Initiative should of course not come from DIRCETUR but from local businesses. Instead of fighting, blackmailing or denigrate each other, they should work together. Unfortunately, this is exactly one of the many shortcomings of the Huaracinos. And this might explain why people prefer to go to Cusco, Arequipa, Puno, Iquitos or even Tacna and lets be honest,
the reputation of a three-star sewage-treatment facility is even better.
As far as the Huaraz Telegraph is concerned, we hope that despite the fact that infrastruc-ture, roads, hostels and especially agencies are mostly far below par, you should still be able to enjoy all the beauty the surroundings Huaraz has to offer. For those who are wonder-ing how I ended up in Huaraz? I had eight days left over on a world trip in 2005 while being
in Bolivia and some guide book with a blue cover mentioned it. The rest is history.
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3The Huaraz TelegraphAUGUST 2013
Every year since 2006, Huaraz is one of the cities to host the annual Inkafest Mountain Film Festival. This years event will be held for the second consecutive year in the Cultural Centre which can be found on the corner of Mariscal Toribio de Luzuriaga (main street) and 28 de Julio. The festival invited people to come and see mountain-themed movies but also calls into action and attention for climate changes with some guest speakers present. The event kicks off on the 26th of August and will last for six days. The Huaraz Telegraph interviewed the director of the event a short while ago and we asked him if he could share his thoughts with our readers.
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your role at the Inkafest Mountain Film Festival...
Well, friends and readers of the Huaraz Telegraph, my name is Ivn Canturin Cuntti and I am the director of the film festival. I coordinate and develop the festival in Peru. Furthermore, I am also responsible for the presentations given in the country before the festival and work on public relations and uphold the contacts with movie directors, athletes and other festivals related to movies and mountains. I am also in constant contact with alliances from abroad to get the festival an even bigger international broadcast.
Could you describe the progress and development the festival has made throughout the years?
The festival found its origin in 2004 with the presentation of two mountain films shown at the Circulo Sportivo Italiano in Lima where we were invited by Cesar Morales Arnao and Giancarlo Sardini. My partner and I were running a sort of website with articles you would read in a magazine. We covered the event of 2004 and there came up the idea to organise a film festival with mountain related movies. At the end of 2004, we gave the festival form and during four or five months we worked out the steps to take to make it a success. Credits are due to Martin Ondreas from Slovakia
and who is the director of the festival Ski in his own country who helped us coordinate the first event. The first year we held our festival was in 2005, again in Lima with help of PROMPERU (Bureau of Tourism) and we worked with a budget of only 1,000 U$D. Back then it was a madhouse because we really struggled to find sponsors as people and businesses were unfamiliar with the combination of cinema and mountains. The first year we held the festival in Huaraz , we managed to organise the event while being backed by Beto Sotelo of Montrek, Ibett Penagos of Las Retamas, Luzmila de la Puente of Piccolo, Hotel La Joya, Galaxia Expeditions, La casa de Zarela, Monte Rosa Pub, El Tambo and Puccas. The judges of the event were Jos Ros, Jim Bartle and Richard Hidalgo and until today we organise the event every year in August.
What will be the changes between this years festival and last years?
Well, every year the festival is different as we try to learn from our mistakes and improve the activities around the festival, as well as the films, people invited and making the festival not just a Peruvian festival but a Latin-American one. This year it will be divided into two big blocks: the first part shall include the usual themes (mountains, adventure
and rock climbing) whereas the second part will focus on climate change and the receding glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca and around the world. The festival will kick off on the 26th of Augusts with a great concert given by Tito la Rosa. Furthermore, we are organising an Inkafest expedition towards Vallunaraju guided by Augusto Ortega. There will be exhibitions and presentations by Silvia Vidal (indoor wall climber), and Melissa Soriana (whose father will be in charge of a second expedition towards Huascarn) should give an interesting conference, being a member of the NASA-USA team. This will be the first conference given in ncash about a journey to Mars. Other participants present at the festival will include young climbers from Huaraz, Beto Pinto and Victor Hugo Rmac, and of course other national and international guests.
How many participants and productions visitors of the festival can we expect?
This year the festival will have more than 80 productions from five different continents, of which we have selected the best according to the themes of the festival for this year. The selected films will be evaluated and judged by a special jury. The films had to be sent to our commitee before the 30th of June. This year we will have two sections in the awards ceremony: the first will be the open international section, and the second, the Peruvian short movie section where the films may not extend over five minutes, in order to give people more options to shoot their adventures in the Peruvian mountains. Participants had to send their short films before the 31st of July.
Could you explain the international characters the Inkafest is looking for?
The Inkafest is an international film festival and everyone can participate, whether youre a director, producer or mountaineer. From the very first edition we have worked with an international jury who has awarded the participants according to their professional and
international opinion. During the 2012 edition of the festival, Kurt Diembeger (a very famous Austrian mountaineer) baptised the Inkafest as the highest mountain film festival of the world and every year we gain more recognition of other parts of Latin America. This will always lead to more tourism. This year the Inkafest Mountain Film Festival will be more international than ever, as we will be shown in Bolivia and Cuba; and next year, in 2014, in Costa Rica too.
Which will be the better films to be shown during the 2013 version of the festival?
This year almost 80% of the film productions will be Latin American in the categories of mountaineering, rock climbing, adventure and climate change, with the presence of some of its directors presenting their films. We will have a world premiere in Adventure and many other movies shot in Peru such as the Cordillera Huayhuash, Bouldering in the Santa Cruz Area and The First Water Conflicts in the Higher Areas of Hualcan. There will also be a documentary about the future problems we will face within 20 years with commentaries of Al Gore, Lonnie Thompson and other relevant speakers from this region. Finally, the super production Chasing Ice shown earlier at the Sundance Film Festival where it won an excellence in Cinematography Award demonstrates the irrefutable evidence of climate change in the world.
What do you think of Huaraz?
Huaraz is a city surrounded by beautiful mountains and the first time I visited Huaraz was back in 1994 although I just stayed for one day. The following visits I tried to stay as much time as possible in the mountains because thats what Huaraz is about. Nowadays, I stay most of the time in the city itself due to the organisation of the festival. The city lost its style after the earthquake in 1970 and became a mixture of houses, buildings, and glass without any urbanism order. In 2008 we invited the mayor to the Spanish Cultural Centre with the idea of exchanging ideas between both institutions. One of the things the director of the Spanish Cultural Centre said to the mayor of Huaraz was to send local architects and engineers to Lima for a training course of six months so they could apply their knowledge for the good of the city of Huaraz. No one has seen any architect from Huaraz in Lima to this day
Is there something else you would like to add or mention to the readers?
Well, I would like to invite the readers to visit on the night the Inkafest Mountain Film Festival in Huaraz held at the Centro Cultural on the main street from the 26th of August, and say welcome to the world of mountains! Thank you.
People can find more information about the festival on www.inkafest.com and if people would like to contact Ivn they can either write to him (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call him on 997-706-942.
The Inkafest Mountain Film Festival starts on the 26th of August
A screenshot from one of the films shown at the ninth edition of Inkafest
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Welshman (77) visits Rondoy 50 years after deadly accident on the Oggioni glaciar
Exactly 50 years after the tragic accident on the Rondoy Mountain where Peter Bebbington (25) and Graham Sadler (24) lost their lives, Charles T. Powell from Wales went back into the Cordillera Huayhuash with his wife, this time. Powell hadnt been back to scene of the disaster since he left Peru and mentioned in the interview that there was something else he would like to set straight. Powell states that he and his team were the first to conquer the South summit of Rondoy, setting a record that was never acknowledged. Last but not least, Powell and a friend warned the authorities in Huaraz about the possible danger of a giant split on the Huascarn, six years before the deadly disaster of 1970, which was caused initially by an earthquake but was made worse by a landslide formed with parts of the rocks and snow of that same part of the mountain where Powell had warned for.
In 1963, a party of mountain climbers made mostly of friends from the London School of Economics gathered together and started to plan a trip to the Peruvian Andes to climb the back then, never mounted Rondoy South. Disaster struck on the way back as they descended the Rondoy while fog swept in. Bebbingt...