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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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October 24, 2010

The Guides of Ecuador and Aconcagua

We are closing in on the opening day of the Ecuador climbing season! Our guides in South America are excited to prepare for a great season atop the volcanoes. We've got awesome treks and climbs up peaks such as Cotopaxi, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Antisana and Illiniza. For those of you who missed out on the mountaineering courses in the Northwest, there is an amazing opportunity abroad with our Ecuador Mountaineering School.

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October 21, 2010

Climbers Prepare for Summit Bid!

We arrived at high camp of Mera Peak today! All arrived healthy and we are ready for the middle of the night wake up call to climb to the summit. 

Easy glacier slopes led to the 19,000+-foot camp, where MC, the cook’s assistant, met us with a hot drink and his usual smile. This guy is amazing: he carries loads, helps in the kitchen tent and serves our meals through all sorts of conditions, be it rain, snow or below-freezing temperatures.

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October 20, 2010

Climbers Reach Glacier on Mera

Day 7 on approach

Yesterday the Mera Peak team arrived at Khare. From here at about 16,000 feet, we make a quick jump up to Base Camp today. Yesterday we rested and recovered from the hike to Khare. 

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October 19, 2010

Dispatches from the Himalayas!

Day 3

Today the Mera Peak team arrived in the village of Kote. Wet, but happy to find refuge in the new teahouses here. On Day 1 we had great views of the peaks towering above the village of Lukla. Since then, we’ve been getting a good Northwest-like soaking, with no views, muddy trails and temperatures in the 40s. 

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October 14, 2010

When in Doubt, Helicopter Out!

October 13

A longer than normal monsoon has delayed our flight to the village of Lukla, where our trek up to Mera Peak begins. Each day as we go out to the airport to get a flight a mass of people awaits. Today was our last day to get to Lukla before our itinerary would no longer be viable. Fortunately, Sagar, our logistics coordinator on the ground in Kathmandu, pulled some strings and off we go to Lukla on a helicopter. Phew!

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