Friday, June 11, 2010

Bolivia - Dispatch #13

Bolivia Trek and Climbing Program May 29-June 19, 2010

Guides: Danny Uhlmann, Alasdair Turner, and Juan Churra

Climbers: Danny Griffith (Bellingham, WA), Alfred Kwok (Claremont, CA), Diccon Westworth (Sacramento, CA), Jim Bonadonna (Poughkeepsie, NY), Raymond Gregory (Marquette, MI), Nancy Burke (Dallas, TX), and Margen Burke-Karr (Missouri City, TX)

Danny called at 10:30am Pacific time with the following dispatch:

Today Alasdair and Diccon summited Pequeño Alpamayo via the SW Face. This is the most direct route, and consists of four pitches of 60 degree ice.

Jim, Alfred, and Juan summited via the Normal Route on a the SW ridge.

Some people didn’t climb today, so we hung around camp. We did do some dry-tooling and bouldering, though. We’re just waiting for the two parties to come back to the fine meal we’re preparing – grilled cheese and Cokes!

It’s been beautiful here. It’s always nice in Bolivia – that’s just the way it is. However, it was cold this morning. The temperatures have been in the twenties at night, and about fifty-five or sixty during the day. Some of us are slightly affected by the attitude and have a slight cold, but it’s nothing serious. And we’re all a little tired from the 3am alpine starts…..

That's all for now. – Danny



Anonymous said...

So, since the peak hasn't been summited by all climbers, will they re-attempt this? Or will they be coming back early if they're not feeling well?

American Alpine Institute said...

They probably do not have time for this; tomorrow they are attempting the even bigger summit of Huayna Potosí. Wish them well!

Dyan Padagas
AAI Program Coordinator