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Mooses’s Tooth Expedition 5/4

Our second expedition of the season to the Moose’s Tooth Formation (10,335 ft.) in the Central Alaska Range kicked off yesterday. Again, led by our senior guide Andrés Marín who is partnered with Chuck. The team flew into the Root Canal Glacier yesterday and established camp. Today (5/4) they will have a skills practice day and check out the route from below. Their main climbing objective is the classic Ham n’ Eggs (V, 5.9, AI 4) mixed, snow & ice route which is the prominent line to the summit of the Moose’s Tooth. The route is 18 pitches and has 2,900 feet of climbing to the glorious summit which has incredible views of Denali, Foraker, Hunter and Huntington. We wish Andrés and Chuck an awesome time in the Root Canal and all the best in their journey on Ham n’ Eggs. Stayed tuned for trip updates.

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Mooses’s Tooth Expedition 5/4

Ruth Gorge Expedition 5/2

Gary and Matthew had a great climb of Mt. Barille. They have returned to Talkeetna. Stay tuned for trip report and photos once Gary returns home.

 

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Ruth Gorge Expedition 5/2

Ruth Gorge Expedition 4/30

All is well in the Ruth Gorge with Gary and Matthew. They have had full days practicing skills and planning their next climbing mission. Their goal is to climb Mt. Barille tonight. Wishing them a safe and fun journey. Stay tuned for updates as their trip continues.

 

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Ruth Gorge Expedition 4/30

Ruth Gorge Expedition Update

Gary and Matthew are doing excellent in the Ruth Gorge. Yesterday (4/28) they climb the West Ridge of Mt. Dickey. Today (4/29) they had a skills training day around base camp. They are potentially looking towards a climb of Mt. Barille soon. We will keep you posted as we get word. Glad they are having a wonderful time in the Alaska Range.

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Ruth Gorge Expedition Update

Moose’s Tooth Expedition Success

Andrés, Wolf and Victor had an incredible climb of Ham n’ Eggs on the Moose’s Tooth. The team flew back to Talkeetna this afternoon (4/28).  Way to go guys! Time relax and celebrate! We are so happy for you. Recap of the trip to come with photos once Andrés is finished with his season in Alaska.

 

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Moose’s Tooth Expedition Success

Alaska Expeditions Update 4/28/15

Both trips in the Alaska Range are doing great.

Andrés and team climbed Ham n’ Eggs on the Moose’s Tooth yesterday to the col. We received a spot message from them late last night from camp. That is wonderful news. We will report once we hear from them via sat phone. Congratulations team! Stayed tuned for a trip report once the expedition is finished.

Gary and Matthew are doing well in the Ruth Gorge. They had a skills day yesterday and will likely attempt to climb Mt. Dickey today. We will keep you posted with news from them as we hear it.

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Alaska Expeditions Update 4/28/15

Moose’s Tooth Expedition

Andrés, Victor & Wolf are doing well in the Root Canal. They had a good day checking out the route. The team will launch to climb Ham n’ Eggs late tonight/early morning tomorrow (4/27). Wishing them the best in their journey.

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Moose’s Tooth Expedition

Alaska Expedition to Ruth Gorge

Our second expedition in Alaska kicked off today. Lead Guid Gary Falk and partner Matthew flew into the Great Gorge, the Ruth Gorge. They are settled in at camp. Tomorrow (4/27) they will recon 747 pass on Mt. Dickey in hope to climb Mt. Dickey the following day. Stay tuned for expedition updates. All the best to Gary and Matthew on their Alaskan adventure.

Base camp below Mount Dickey

Base camp below Mount Dickey

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Alaska Expedition to Ruth Gorge

Alaska Expedition Underway!

Our team lead by Andrés Marín arrived in Talkeetna, Alaska yesterday (4/24). They did the final pack today and flew onto the Root Canal Glacier near the Mooses’s Tooth formation. Andrés called this evening and informed us that they are settled into camp. Tomorrow (4/26) they will poke around and have a look at conditions on Ham n’ Eggs and Shaken Not Stirred. We will keep you posted as we get word from them on their climbing plan. We wish Andrés, Wolf and Victor a safe and fun adventure!ham-n-eggs

Lead Guide SJMG  AMGA Certified Alpine & Rock Guide

Lead Guide SJMG
AMGA Certified Alpine & Rock Guide

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Alaska Expedition Underway!

Alpamayo, Peru: A Journey in Discovering the Inca Culture

Join us this summer as we return to Alpamayo, Peru, with San Juan Mountain Guide, Andres Marin! Long considered one of the world’s most beautiful mountains, Alpamayo remains one of mountaineering’s most coveted summits. Situated in the “Himalayas of South America,” the Cordillera Blanca is much more accessible than its Asian counterpart, yet there are scores of peaks over 19,000 feet and 6000 meters.  This expedition takes advantage of the rich Peruvian culture and the magnificent alpine terrain to climb the French Direct on the Southwest Face of Alpamayo.

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Besides the incredible journey to summit Alpamayo, there is a cultural perspective of this trip that will give you a deeper understanding of the indigenous Inca culture in Northern Peru. The Incas are popularly known for Machu Picchu near Cuzco but on our trip, you will have the first hand experience of the Inca Culture within the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range as they survived in mountainous conditions among peak up to 18,000 feet tall and higher! Below, Andres Marin talk about the culture. Check out Andres’s other Q&A on why you should join our trip as well!

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What is your favorite dish in the Alpamayo region?

That is a tough question. Up in the mountains a lot of quinoa and quinoa dishes with potatoes but my favorite would be called Cachamanta (pictured to right).

What makes the Inca people so special?

Everything about the Incas is special. The way they live their lives is so simple. They use techniques that their ancestors have developed for farming and they base a lot of their daily living of cycles- cycle of the moon, cycles of the seasons and so on. They are simple and so strong. For example, Inca children must walk very far to catch the bus to school and even up to 65+ year old guy may be able to hike for many hours without a problem.

What has the Inca culture taught you in your past trips?

The importance of genuinely living simple and off the land. They call people who are dependent on techonology and materialistic resources, the “Little Brothers” and “Little Sisters” because dependency on these things makes life more dynamic. These people simply depend on the earth to provide for them.

What is one interesting fact about Peru and the Alpamayo course that many don’t know?

How the Incas use the coca leaves, the coffee cream, for band aids, cavities, digestions, everything.

What is one of your best memories of your past the Alpamayo expedition?IMG_2862

Last year, I climbed the mountain with a client and we ended up having to summit the mountain before sunrise. We took a nap at the summit and seeing the sunrise from there was amazing. I have seen many sunrises in many parts in the world and this sunrise was the best. Seeing the Andes range in first light it was pretty unique. Another best memory is seeing people succeed in their own personal objectives – a huge reason I love guiding! Seeing people be psyched about their own personal goals whether or not the mountain is summited is very special.

What is one word or phrase (in Spanish or Inca language) you should learn for the trip?

Gracias – Thank you goes along ways for the porter and the people of the region. In Quechua, thank you is pronounced paylla (Pai-ya). Another word that the porters like to use is Wayki (Wai-ki) which means friend or partner.IMG_2886


IMG_2968Andres grew up in Ibague, Colombia. His passion for guiding has allowed him to guide in all types of terrains, such as rock, alpine, skiing and high altitude. In 2011 he and his partner received the Mugs Stump Exploratory Grant to go and climb new peaks in the Southern part of Kyrgyzstan on the Kyrgy Chinese border. They were the first American expedition on the range and established two alpine-style first ascents. During the 2011/2012 ice and mixed climbing competition season, Andres stood on the podium in every competition ranking him as a world class mixed and ice climbing competitor. Andres is an AMGA certified Rock Guide as well as an AMGA certified Alpine Guide – meaning you are in good hands.

  “I like to apply to my life something that a great person toll me long time ago: BE SAFE, BE HAPPY, TRY HARD AND BE KIND.” – Andres Marin-
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Alpamayo, Peru: A Journey in Discovering the Inca Culture

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