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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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December 8, 2008

Carstensz Pyramid Dispatch - Summit Reached!

Good Morning Mountain Madness, Mark here calling in with an update! Our team arrived into base camp December 4th around 4:00pm. We started out with a beautiful day, climbing through the technical part of the trek to base camp; but the weather didn’t hold. Just before we arrived in camp it started to rain and kept raining many hours into the night. The team enjoyed a great dinner after getting warm and dry! 

On December 5th our team took a well deserved rest day. It was a pristine day and we all enjoyed the scenery at base camp, staring out at the small turquoise lakes that surround the camp. Once again we saw a change in the weather and it proceeded to rain for the next 36 hours!

At 1:00am on December 6th we had a break in the weather and decided to make a summit push! After getting some hot cereal down we headed toward the wall to make our summit attempt.

Our team was so fortunate to have perfect weather during the climb! The route was in good condition and we all enjoyed the climbing including the spectacular Tyrolean Traverse on the summit ridge. We reached the summit and took photos under perfect clear skies. Our team had plenty of time to make a safe decent down to base camp, it was a great day.

Now we are all back at base camp recuperating from our adventure. Everyone is happy and healthy and sends their love to friends and family!