Thursday, July 5, 2018

2018 Ecuador Cotopaxi Skills Expedition and Chimborazo Ascent (June 29 - July 9, 2018) Dispatch 1

Guide: Fredy Tipan

Climbers: Peter G., Julie K., Irene D., Joshua H., and Sean S.

Dispatch from Days 1-4:

Fredy called on Monday, July 2nd (Day 4) with the following dispatch:

The group has just started their acclimatization process. Yesterday they climbed Pasochoa (4,199m/13,776 ft). The weather was cloudy and foggy, but that was actually nice because it kept the temperature cool throughout the hike.

Today they climbed Rucu Pichincha (4,697m/15,413 ft) with much better weather and the whole team made it to the summit to share in the amazing views of the surrounding volcanos.


Josh H. came on the phone to let us know his experience thus far:

"Everything so far has been absolutely wonderful! The weather has been very nice, I even enjoyed having a little fog hanging around yesterday because it kept the temperature quite cool for our first acclimatization hike.

My partner and I came to Quito a few days early and were so happy to find 3 amazing vegan restaurants within walking distance of the Hotel Reina Isabel. We've already gone to one of them so many times they know us by name!

The acclimatization so far has been great. I really appreciate the mix of experience on the team. My partner and I feel as though we have a lot to learn still, and the more experienced team members are more than happy to help us learn new skills!

We are off to Hacienda Guachala now. We are very excited for the upcoming skills day and climbs! Talk to you soon. "

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 7 (June 10 - June 30) Summit Dispatch

Guides:

Jim Mediatore
Eric Shaw
Kevin McGarity

Climbers:

Fang Ben
Jami Cate
Justice Hamson
Neil Fallon
Benjamin Chan
Arnaud Devilliers

Team 7 returned to Talkeetna this morning after a successful expedition. Excellent way to end the 2018 Denali season.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 7 (June 10 - June 30) Summit Dispatch


Guides:

Jim Mediatore
Eric Shaw
Kevin McGarity

Climbers:

Fang Ben
Jami Cate
Justice Hamson
Neil Fallon
Benjamin Chan
Arnaud Devilliers

Team 7 continues to move their way down the mountain. They arrived at Camp 2 (11,200ft) at 5:16 am Alaska time and will hopefully fly back to Talkeetna tonight. Upon their return, we will post the final dispatch of the 2018 Denali season!


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 7 (June 10 - June 30) Summit Dispatch

Guides:

Jim Mediatore
Eric Shaw
Kevin McGarity

Climbers:

Fang Ben
Jami Cate
Justice Hamson
Neil Fallon
Benjamin Chan
Arnaud Devilliers

Team 7 stood on top of North America yesterday in beautiful weather. They returned to High Camp late last light to deliver the news to us via satellite text. They are sleeping in today and will make their way down to Camp 3 this afternoon. They hope to be back at Base Camp tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 7 (June 10 - June 30)

Guides:

Jim Mediatore
Eric Shaw
Kevin McGarity

Climbers:

Fang Ben
Jami Cate
Justice Hamson
Neil Fallon
Benjamin Chan
Arnaud Devilliers

Today we moved to High Camp in blustery, cold conditions. Shortly after arriving at this camp at 17,200ft it became mostly calm and sunny! Some people made it to the summit today, and the forecast promises 24hrs of fair weather. So tomorrow we are hoping to go for the summit, health and weather permitting.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 7 (June 10 - June 30)


Guides:

Jim Mediatore
Eric Shaw
Kevin McGarity

Climbers:

Fang Ben
Jami Cate
Justice Hamson
Neil Fallon
Benjamin Chan
Arnaud Devilliers

Wind and snow greeted us this AM, so we plan on taking advantage of a few days of forecasted high pressure, warmer temps, and lower winds to begin our summit bid tomorrow. We plan to move to high camp in the morning.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 7 (June 10 - June 30)

Guides:


Jim Mediatore
Eric Shaw
Kevin McGarity

Climbers:

Fang Ben
Jami Cate
Justice Hamson
Neil Fallon
Benjamin Chan
Arnaud Devilliers

Today we rested and prepared ourselves for the upper mountain. Our plan is to move to High Camp/Camp 4 (17,300ft) tomorrow and Tues or Wed are the days when we will try for the summit!