Konstantin takes the “Team Hermes” flag to the summit of Chopicalqui. Big Congrats!

 

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Team Hermes at the Chopicalqui Moraine Camp

Yes hello again, it’s Konstantin, from the Alpine Ascents Peru Expedition Team, Team Hermes.  We are at the Moraine Camp of Chopicalqui, it’s pretty impressive.  I’m standing here at an altitude of 5,000m, which is like 16,300 feet, and I can look around and I can see about 10 peaks above 6,000m, or 20,000 feet.  We gained more than 3,000 feet vertical elevation today, that’s more than 1000m, that’s impressive, very hard trek up to the moraine camp.  Everybody is doing fine, of course we are all very tired, and you know the altitude is being felt.  We are drinking a lot, we try to drink a lot and hydrate, we set up our tents and tomorrow we are going to head for the high camp, which is on the glacier, before we attempt to attack the summit the day after tomorrow.  Everybody is all right, kisses and hugs to everybody, greetings from 5,000m in Peru, bye bye.

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Team Hermes resting in Cebollapampa

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Team Hermes summits Pisco Oeste! Big congrats to all team members!!

Hi its Konstantin from team Hermes, Alpine Ascents Peru expedition.  We are back at the base camp of Pisco.  We had a great day, everybody summited Pisco, which is 5750m, above sea level, that makes it 18,800 feet approximately.   We had great weather, as i said everybody summited, we then had to trek over the tough moraine, to our advanced base camp, pack up and just take another 2 hour tough trek to the main base camp.  So we have set up our tents, and we had a snack, we are going to take dinner and go to sleep.  And tomorrow we are trekking 900m, vertical meters, that’s 2700 feet down, to Cebollapampa which will be our resting station for the next two days or next day and a half or so.Thanks very much everyone is doing fine, 6 out of 6 all summited Pisco, thanks very much goodbye.

  

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Team Hermes Reaches Advanced Base Camp on Pisco, Prepares For Summit Day Amidst Beautiful Peaks

Hello again from Peru, this is Konstantin from the Team Hermes.  We have just arrived at the advanced base camp for Pisco, 4900m above sea level.  It’s a fantastic place, we are surrounded by high peaks, glaciated peaks, the three of the Huascaran Peaks, I can just watch in front of me, I can see Chopicalqui, I can see Huascaran Sur, I can see Pisco, a really fantastic place, everybody made it, we’ve set up our tents, and we are just going to have lunch in a couple of minutes, and then we are going to bed pretty early and we will wake up 2am in the morning, tomorrow morning to start the final ascent of Pisco, so thanks very much and by bye.

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Konstantin reporting for Team Hermes from Pisco Oeste Base Camp

Yes hello again, Alpine Ascents followers, this is Team Hermes as we are called nowadays.  This is Konstantin, we are at the basecamp of Pisco Mountain, 16,500 feet, 4500m.  We took a 2,500 foot vertical gain, today trekking up to the basecamp, it’s pretty late.  And for this reason, because our donkeys came very late with our tents, we are going to spend the night in the refuge, because of tired climbers.  So tomorrow morning starts our climb through the moraine to the advanced basecamp.  Everybody’s OK, everybody is doing great, and we will talk to you from the advanced basecamp tomorrow, thanks very much, bye.

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Team Hermes summits Ishinca!! Konstantin reporting.

Yes Good Morning, it’s Konstantin from the Alpine Ascents Peru Expedition.  When I call here, there is some repeating of yesterday’s cybercast because for some reason the signal was cut.  We have been to Ishinca, we have climbed Ishinca, 5 out of 6 of us, summited with a great day, some fantastic views from the summit.  We came back to base camp yesterday and slept in the refuge which was a luxury.  We just did breakfast and now we are heading to Huaraz for a two day rest before we attempt Pisco. Everything is great, everybody is doing fine and, yeah, stay tuned,  thanks very much.

   

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