Vinson Team in Antarctica

The first Mountain Trip Vinson expedition of the 2015/16 season is underway as the team flew to Antarctica this afternoon.  They flew from Punta Arenas, Chile down to the big Antarctic base at Union Glacier where the Illyushin jet landed them on the blue ice runway.  This is always a challenging flight as the weather…

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Aconcagua Team Carried to Camp 1

Jack Strickland called in after a tough day, battling wind and snow to carry loads up to 16,400′! There is a LOT of snow on Aconcagua at the moment, which is somewhat unusual for this time of year.  The team shouldered their packs after a hearty breakfast at the Plaza Argentina Base Camp and started…

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Ecuador Team Summits Cayambe!

The Ecuador team summited Cayambe early this morning!  Cayambe is a beautiful (5.790 m/18,996 ft) peak in the Northern Ecuadorian Andes.  They awoke early and left the hut in the dark climbing by headlamp this morning.  We’ll post an audio dispatch when they check in this evening!

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Aconcagua Team Checks in from Base Camp

Our first Aconcagua team of the climbing season arrived at the Plaza Argentina Base Camp today, but unfortunately, the satellite phone connection was very poor and Jack Strickland’s message was largely unintelligible.  They crossed the chilly Vacas River early in the morning and then hiked up the tributary Relinchos Valley.  After some steep side hill…

Ecuador Team Checks in After Imbabura

A very poor connection prevented a lot of information from being relayed, but our Ecuador Volcanoes team of Alan Frankl and Phil McDonald just climbed two extinct volcanoes, Fuya Fuya (4.263 m/13,986 ft) and Imbabura(4.630 m/15,190 ft) as they acclimatize for an attempt on the third highest peak in the country, Cayambe. Pablo Puruncajas, a native…