This was the happy-go-lucky picture at the start of the expedition... (see below).
When we got to the snow, the snowballs flew.
After an hour of anxious waiting on the ridge, with the time approaching 3:00 PM, worried about darkness, we started down. I was greatly relieved to hear yells from the wanderers, who had gone by a separate route to the car, and had started up toward the ridge from the other side.
As a reward, everyone ended up exhausted and with bad headaches from the altitude - except for the old guy, me. We had a debrief on the way down, and decided how we could have done better.
I'll have to admit, this was eerily reminiscent of dozens and dozens of Scout trips. Back in the car, warm and dry, everyone fell asleep, leaving me to drive the two hours back down to Huancayo.
We hope that your hikes to glaciers go smoothly.
Dave & Paula