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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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December 26, 2013

Climbing in the Cocuy Range of Colombia

High Camp at Ritacuba Blanco. Juan Carlos Gonzalez photo

Our first Colombian Andes expedition of the season was a great success! The team got to experience the absolute beauty of the Cocuy Mountain range that few foreigners have been so lucky to see. From their base camp at Laguna Grande de la Sierra, they had their pick of many different summit options. Check out some of their dispatches from during the trip below:

Gordon at the summit of Pico del Aguilas. Juan Carlos Gonzalez photo

December 5th:

"These past couple days, the group has climbed two acclimatization peaks: Montserrate (12,520 ft/3816 m) and Pico del Aguilas (12,795ft/3900 m). All members are very well acclimatized and the spirit is high! At the moment, they are heading for the base camp at Laguna Grande de la Sierra, at 14,810ft/4514 m, where tomorrow they will attempt one of the main summits: El Concavo at 17,060ft/5200 m."

Gordon and assistant guide Raphael on the glacier of Concavo. Juan Carlos Gonzalez photo

December 10th: 

"We have had some very exciting days at the campsite Laguna Grande. Bill and Dorothy reached the summits of Toti and Concavo while Gordon made some really good summit attempts. Sunday morning we moved to the northern campsite at Kanwara. We spent last night at the high camp of Ritacuba Blanco. 

Bill and Dorothy ascending Concavo at sunrise. Juan Carlos Gonzalez photo

Bill and Dorothy on the steep section of Toti. Juan Carlos Gonzalez photo

This morning the expedition team summited Ritacuba Blanco at 17,750ft/5410 m. The winds were strong but we were lucky there was no precipitation.The weather has been good these past few days the views of  the snow-covered peaks were spectacular. The group is now heading down to Cocuy were they will spend a night before the journey back to Bogotá."

~ MM Guide Juan Carlos Gonzalez Camacho

Bill and Dorothy at the summit of Ritacuba Blanco. Juan Carlos Gonzalez photo