STAGE 2: Introductory & Intermediate High Altitude Peaks
The stage 2 experience serves two main functions, with many other skills based benefits following closely behind. First, testing your physiology at high altitude is absolutely critical to your success as you move to higher peaks. Altitudes above 18,000′ / 5000m will inform you as to how your body and mind reacts in a low oxygen environment. Secondly, this altitude experience has become a necessary step before joining a Rapid Ascent™ expedition. Gaining experience in a real altitude environment will be informative prior to taking the next step of pre-acclimatizing in a simulated altitude environment created in a Hypoxico tent.
During introductory high altitude expeditions, you’ll also be building and improving on skills work to include glacier travel, weather analysis and camp craft. Intermediate expeditions progressively build on more technical skills like route finding and steep snow climbing that will be necessary to continue your progress towards becoming a competent member of a climbing team anywhere in the world.
To complete stage 2, we recommend climbing at least 3 peaks of the following or equivalent: Ecuador’s Volcanoes (3 peaks in just 16 days), Mexico’s Volcanos, Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus. Peru’s Peaks (Chopicalqui, Alpamayo), or Bolivia’s Peaks (Illimani, Huayna Potosi). All of these peaks are between 18,000′ and 21,000′ feat and each summit attained is bound to be an incredible adventure. In our opinion, the mountain ranges of Central and South America create the best opportunity to finish stage 2 with easy access, and plenty of beautiful routes.