July 1, 2011
Our South America season is getting off on a great start! Our guides from Bolivia and Peru have reported great weather so far and our climbers are excited for the challenges ahead!
Four climbers joined Gaspar Navarrete in the beautiful Condoriri area in Bolivia last week for an extensive Glacier Mountaineering School. The climbers acquired fundamental snow and ice climbing skills and practiced glacier travel before acclimatizing on the glaciated Tarija. Six other climbers joined the group after the school to on our Cordillera Real trip. All ten clients are hoping for a break of better weather for their attempt on Huayna Potosi this sunday.
After facing some difficulties on the technically challenging peak in Peru, Yanapaccha, our two climbers, along with guide Alejo Lazzati, were preparing for a summit attempt on Pisco several days ago. We're looking forward to updates from them when they return to Huaraz.
During the ascent on Artesonraju. Joshua Jarrin photo
Joshua Jarrin, with our clients on Artesonraju, contacted us yesterday with great news that they successfully reached the summit of Artesonraju from the Southeast Face! The ascent to the summit lasted eleven hours and followed a very aesthetic line of mixed and snow climbing. Close to the top, the going started getting very steep and the hard ice put the difficulty of the route at D+. After sixteen rappels and some crevasse crossing on the way down, they reached high camp to rest up and celebrate.
The route to the summit. Joshua Jarrin photo
Joshua Jarrin photo
John on the summit with Nevado Cruz in the background. Joshua Jarrin photo