Interview with Sergio Carrascal

Who are the climbing access activists? What motivates them? Meet the people that make the difference.
We are starting this new section with an interview with Sergio Carrascal, from Peru.

Sergio Carrascal (foto: Ñosy Dueñas)

  1. Name: Sergio Ramírez Carrascal
  2. Country: Peru
  3. Location: I was born in Lima, Peru, but have been licing in  Nací en Huaraz, Ancash for the past 10 years. Huaras is located at 3100 m. (10.160 feet), very close to the Cordillera Blanca, in the Peruvian Andes.
  4. What do you do? I own a mountain tourism company, besides wirting for some mountain magazines (, American Alpine Journal, Kooch, etc.). I’ve been a climber since 1993. We support all expeditions that come to the Peruvian Andes.
  5. Where do you work with access? Primarily from Huaraz.
  6. How long have you worked with access issues? Since 2009
  7. What are the main challenges? The biggest challenge in Peru is to promote the change in regulation to enter Huascarán National Park. Right now, this “law” says that everyone that enters the park must hire a guide and travel agency. We’ve moved forward, but the regulation is still in place. We have been attending meetings and trying to reach the decision makers that can change this situation. This takes time. The advances we’ve got motivates us to keep going. Our goal is to allow everyone who wants to climb the free access to Huascarán National Park, bearing in mind the responsibility that comes with this access.
  8. Why do you work with access? I think that access to the mountains is a right to everyone who has the “mountain” a life style. We, who practice this sport, are aware of the risks involved and the responsibility we have to take care of the places we visit. Access PanAm is giving us the tools to fight for free access.
  9. What would you say to someone who is starting to work with access? First, it’s not easy to fight for a right that the decision-makers do not completely understand. Thus, you need to find a way to promote the dialogue and get to them. You got to be patient and stay true to what you believe.