The team summits Urus Este (17,782 ft) in spectacular weather conditions. John reporting from the top of the mountain.
Hi family and friends,
The team continued their acclimatization process today hiking up to the beginning of the Huarapasca glacier (16,283 feet) where they had a climbing school session reviewing basic climbing techniques and glacier travel skills.
During the drive to the trailhead, they stopped to see some rock paintings dating back to 200 AD and admire the Puya Raimondi which is the largest species of bromeliad. This plant is native to Bolivia and Peru and is restricted to the high Andes at an elevation of 10,000 – 15,800 feet. The trunk, peduncle and inflorescence together can reach as much as fifty feet in total height. It can produce an inflorescence 16 to 23 feet in length bearing between 8,000 and 20,000 flowers, and a total of six million seeds from each plant.
Today they will hike to the Ishinca hut (14,455 feet) from where they will start the climbs of the first two mountains of their program: Urus and Ishinca.
Amy, Sharon, John and Paul are doing well and say hi to their loved ones.
Please stay tuned.
Best to you all
Descending the Huarapasca moraine
The foot of the Huarapasca glacier
The Puya Raimondi
THE ALPINE ASCENTS TEAM ACCLIMATES IN THE PERUVIAN WHITE RANGE
Hello family and friends,
The team has arrived to the town of Huaraz (10,137 feet), located at the foot of the majestic White Range. Team members Amy, Sharon, John and Paul are doing well. They are impressed by the beauty of the Peruvian mountains. Yesterday, they visited the Wilcahuain pre-Inca ruins and admired the views from the Rataquenua lookout. Today they took an acclimatization hike to beautiful Churup lake (14,714 feet), enjoying clear blue skies.
Tomorrow they will review glacier skills on the Huarapasca glacier.
They send their best to family and friends.
We hope you enjoy the attached pictures!
Team members summited Chopicalqui! Hi everyone! The team returned to Huaraz. They are all doing well. Congratulations to Katrina and Jonathan who took the team’s flag to the summit of Chopicalqui (20.848 ft / 6.354 m). Congrats as well to Lacy, Sandra and Dennis for their great performance along the expedition. Team members enjoyed a nice farewell dinner last night and are currently traveling to Lima to take their flights back home. Thanks much for following us! All the best! Team Peru
The summit of Chopicalqui
Alpine Ascents climbers on Chopicalqui
Jonathan on top of Chopicalqui
Kat at the summit of Chopicalqui
Rapelling a steep section