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Alpamayo Update July 5

Andrés called this morning. The team did not make the summit last night. In high altitude climbing, factors have to be in line to reach the summit safely. They are doing fine, at High Camp resting. Later this afternoon Andrés will call for a weather update and to give us their plan of action.

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Alpamayo Update July 5

Alpamayo Expedition July 4

Andrés, Jerry, and Nathan are going for the summit of Alpamayo (5,947 m/19,512ft) tonight. The native language of Perú is Quechua. Alpamayo in Quechuan signifies: Alpa:Earth and Mayu:River. May the continual energy of the Earth River flow though them as they climb tonight!

The French Direct Route leads out from the glacier, over a significant bergshrund, and onto the steep, beautiful SW face of Alpamayo. The team will endeavor the climb of  50-70 degree ice for many continuous pitches, to top out on the glorious summit pyramid.

Wishing them a safe and sweet journey, hasta el cumbre! Hopefully, the wether is just perfect. Looking forward to hearing from them on the descent tomorrow.Alpamayo

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Alpamayo Expedition July 4

Alpamayo Video

Alpamayo CLimb

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Alpamayo Video

Alpamayo Expedition July 3

Heard good word from Andrés this afternoon. The Alpamayo Expedition is doing great! They arrived at High Camp (5,490m/18,011 ft.) today, feeling good and doing excellent. They will contact us again tomorrow afternoon. The hope is to go for the summit tomorrow night July 4/5. Cheers to Andrés, Jerry, and Nathan as they continue their journey up Alpamayo. Wishing them a restful night and day tomorrow as they prepare for the summit climb. ¡Buena Onda!

Advanced Base Camp

Advanced Base Camp

The French Direct on Alpamayo

The French Direct on Alpamayo

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Alpamayo Expedition July 3

Alpamayo Expedition July 2

Andrés checked in today from Moraine Camp (4,930m./16,175ft.) All is well. Everyone is doing great, they are enjoying the journey. He said the weather is a little in and out. Looking at the forecast on mountain-forecast.com, it appears the weather will be improving as they continue up the mountain. Tomorrow they will head to Advanced Base Camp to stage for their summit push within the following few days. Please stay tuned for their progress as we receive word. Sending the team positive energy from home for safe travels as they approach the upper reaches of Alpamayo.

Alpamayo French Direct Route

Alpamayo French Direct Route

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Alpamayo Expedition July 2

Alpamayo Expedition July 1

Jerry, Nathan and Andrés are making great progress on Alpamayo. Received word from Andrés that they are all doing super and acclimatizing well. Today they did a carry from Base Camp (4,300 m./ 14,100 ft.) to Moraine Camp (4,900 m./ 16,075ft). Tonight they will stay at base camp. They plan to advance to Moraine Camp tomorrow. The weather has been a little unsettled, however, the forecast looks like it is shaping up for the next couple days. Sending them perpetual buena onda from home!

Alpamayo

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Alpamayo Expedition July 1

Chicago Basin never fails to deliver!

Goats a-plenty and a cloudless day were had in chicago basin last week with Dave and Trevor, Jim, and Crew. While Jim’s crew had a successful weekend bagging all three fourteeners, My guest and I had a great ascent of Windom peak for Dave and Trevor’s first fourteener. Oh, and summit day weather? Not a single cloud from dawn to dusk!

-Bill Grasse

Here’s a taste:

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Chicago Basin never fails to deliver!

Alpamayo Update June 30, 2014

Our Alpamayo team arrived at base camp yesterday. Base camp is at roughly 4,320 meters or 14,173 feet. They are all feeling good and will spend the day today acclimatizing. Tonight they will stay at base camp again. Stay tuned for updates as we hear from them via satellite phone.

 

Alpamayo Camp

Alpamayo Camp

 

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Alpamayo Update June 30, 2014

En Route Towards Alpamayo

Good word from the Alpamayo Expedition. Andrés called via sat phone. They had a terrific day hiking, it was beautiful and everyone is feeling great. Tomorrow they will get an early start and head on to base camp. Weather is looking nice the next few days. We wish the team a safe journey.

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En Route Towards Alpamayo

Perú Expedition June 28, 2014

Andrés, Jerry and Nathan had a great day in Huaraz packing up for the big adventure, filling up on Perúvian delicacies, and drinking agua de coconut. The team will go to Cachapampa where they will meet the burros, load up, and head towards Alpamayo.

Off into the mountains! Salud to a wonderful expedition!

Cheers to an awesome expedition!

Cheers to an awesome expedition!

Enjoying Coconuts in Huaraz, getting hydrated for the climb.

Enjoying Coconuts in Huaraz, getting hydrated for the climb.

 

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Perú Expedition June 28, 2014

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