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Alpamayo Expedition #2 Back at Basecamp
July 22, 2013
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July 26, 2013

Its not super common that we hike into Vestal Basin from Molas Pass.  We usually take the train which cuts off about 6 miles round trip and a 2,000 foot climb from the river back to the car on the way out.  Aaron, Jacob and I left Molas on Wednesday morning and made great time getting into Vestal Basin in 5 hours.  We set up camp and talked about the strategy for Thursday.  Vestal Peak would be first via the incredible and classic Wham Ridge.  From the Vestal summit we would descend the South Face back to the base of Arrow and then climb Arrow’s Northeast Face and descend to camp.  Although we woke up to clouds on Thursday the skies cleared and everything went as planned.  Except that when we got back to camp Aaron and Jacob decided that they didn’t want to spend another night out as planned but would prefer to hike back out to Molas Pass.  It’s amazing what two soccer players from Iowa can do when they have been at altitude for a few days! All total we hiked about 20 miles and gained 8,000′ of elevation.

Aaron and Jacob on top of Arrow Peak after climbing Vestal Peak earlier that morning.

The beautiful Wham Ridge on Vestal Peak.