Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 Bolivia La Paz Trek - August 24th, Dispatch #4


Richard Riquelme


Greg Castle
Tim Watson
John Salisbury

Hello from Bolivia!

Climbers had today off as I was shopping to prepare for the climb. On Saturday, we all went on an archeological site tour in Tiouanaku, a pre-Incan civilization in the Andes near Lake Titicaca

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Then in the evening, we headed to the refugio and reached Condoriri Base Camo last night.  We're in camp now practicing all of the mountaineering techniques necessary to climb, and our first objective is to climb Pico Austria.  It is a great 5000 m peak (5315 m to be specific) and is a perfect way to acclimatize.  You have beautiful views of Laguna Chiar Kota, a serene lagoon almost 1,000 m below inside the valley of the Condoriri.

The days are getting shorter and shorter, and colder and colder.  The mornings are sunny, but in the evenings it starts to get snowy.  Then overnight it warms up again.  It's a little different than what we're used to back home.

Everyone is doing well.  Food is amazing and the views are outstanding.  We're all excited because we're finally going to really start the climbing section of the trip.  The forecast is supposed to get better for the climbing for the next 4 days before we start to move down towards Huayna Potosi.  

It's night already here, so we are getting ready for bed.  We'll be up early and have breakfast at 4 so we can get going.  

Talk to you soon!

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