Kevin called from Bali as the team was gathering and getting ready to head for the airport. Everybody made it to Bali with all of their equipment and without any delay they are off to Papua. They are catching an early morning flight to begin their journey. It was a quick stay in Bali, but…Details
Hey Everyone, Jared here reporting from Iceland. After spending a couple of days traveling around the capital city of Reykjavik we have left the south in hopes of finding cold temps in the north. Although we have had a great time touring the city and exploring the nearby climbing area of Glimsgil, home of the…Details
Welcome to the dispatches from the Mountain Trip March 2012 Carstensz Pyramid Expedition! We’ll be posting updates here to allow friends, family, and armchair adventurers to follow this expedition to climb the highest peak on the continent that includes Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea. There is some argument here, which is why I mention…Details
Hello Everyone and thank you for following the Mountain Trip Aconcagua expedition. Looking back on this expedition, as I write this enjoying a cold beer next to the pool in the very warm and lovely Mendoza, I can’t help but smile. We had a great trip, in that we had a strong and experienced team…Details
Jacob called this afternoon from the Plaza de Mulas base camp after descending this morning from high camp. The descent is almost 6000 ft down the giant hill of scree (loose gravel/rock) that is the “Normal Route” on Aconcagua. Tomorrow they’ll get up early one last time to begin the hike out the Horcones Valley…Details
They are back to the comfort of their tents at high camp after a wonderful windy summit day. They’ll eat some dinner, drink lots of water and hot drinks to replenish themselves after a 12+ hour day, and get a good night sleep. Tomorrow they’ll descend to the luxuries of the Plaza de Mulas base…Details
Jacob Schmitz called back as the first call from the summit was dropped. All of the climbers are on the summit and it is a crystal clear day, with barely a wisp of wind right now. They say it seems like they can see all the way to China. Everyone did great and they are…Details
The team called in from the top of South America! The sattelites dropped the call mid-message from Chris, wishing his wife a happy wedding anniversary, but I’m going to leave the post as is, because it if full of exaltation and love.
Great job everyone!
Jacob called from the large cave at the base of the gully known as The Canaleta, which leads to the summit ridge of Aconcagua. The team is moving well and the weather looks pretty favorable. They are just a couple of hours from the summit! The Canaleta is a somewhat infamous feature on the route,…
The team is making great progress as Jacob called in from their first big food and water break at the old “Independencia Hut” along the route to the summit. Don’t be fooled by the “Hut” in the name, it is a tiny falling down shelter, but a landmark along the route and a good place…