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Bolivia Expedition Updates

Pictured climbing is lead guide, Gaspar Navarrete, before the team summited Pequeño Alpamayo (17,482′ / 5329m). Like its famous taller neighbors in Peru, Pequeño’s face is technical yet reasonable. The team is safely off the mountain and prepping to climb two more peaks.
The expedition team is acclimatized and getting ready for the next peak, Huayna Potosi (19,975′ 6088m). Pictured below is the team climbing Tarija. This glacier sits just below Pequeño Alpamayo. The team visited it for a full day of skills training, including crampon practice, ice axe use, self arrest techniques, ropes travel, and crevasse rescue. More updates soon!

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Successful Summit of Mount Elbrus

Our expedition team summited Mount Elbrus (18,510′ / 5642m) yesterday morning. Elbrus is one of the seven summits and it is the highest point in Europe. Despite the lack of a view from the summit, the team still had a lot to celebrate! CHEERS to a strong team and a successful summit!

On summit day the team woke around 3 AM for a quick breakfast and hot drink. A snow-cat took them to their previous highpoint at Pastukhov Rocks (15,000′ / 4572m). From there it was almost 4,000 vertical feet (1,220 meters) to the summit of Elbrus, primarily on open moderately angled glaciers. They…

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Update from Barrels Camp on Elbrus

Today the team begins their actual climb of Mt. Elbrus. Through a combination of ski lifts and hiking they arrived at The Barrels, cozy mountain huts at 12,300′ / 3750m on Elbrus. To ensure they stay well fed and healthy, they have a Russian cook with them at the huts preparing mountain food and making the stay more comfortable.

Lead guide, Zeb, reported that the food continues to be awesome. After their hike they had BBQ chicken kebabs, fresh tomato and cucumber salad, homemade bread and the local specialty: ice cold 5642 beer (the summit of Elbrus in meters). Also the team continues to enjoy good(but hot) weather. Tomorrow they will…

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Acclimatization Hikes in Bolivia

From Lake Titicaca, the team will attempt their first peak, Pequeño Alpamayo (17,482′ / 5329m). Like its famous taller neighbor in Peru, Pequeño’s face is beautiful and the climb is technical yet reasonable. It is the ideal place to increase mountaineering skills. The team will be practicing glacier and climbing skills, acclimatizing, climbing sub-peaks, before finally making their first summit bid.

Day 3: Our Bolivia expedition team had a great acclimatization hike on Isla del Sol which is on Lake Titicaca (12,400′ / 3780m)  They were able to see the Royal Mountains Range while hiking. They then visited the town of Copacabana, also on…

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Getting to Mount Elbrus

Photos: Zeb Blais

Day 3: The team took a short flight to Mineral Voldy and traveled by bus to Terskol in the Baksan Valley. This short flight should gave them excellent views of the Caucasus Mountains and their first peek of Mount Elbrus. The bus ride was 3-4 hours but passed quickly with the stunning views. The hotel in Terskol is next to the ski lifts, and has excellent local and international food. All is good so far!

Day 4: The team did an acclimatization hike up Cheget today, one of many before the they climb Mount Elbrus (18,510′ / 5642m) next…

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Summer in South America

Photo: Van Wombwell (Alpamayo)

Weather is a huge factor when planning logistics for international expeditions. Fortunately our recent Alpamayo (19,512′ / 5,947m) expedition had the most ideal conditions for their climb! The team reached the summit in full sun and had the mountain to themselves with perfect weather. Join us next summer, the dates for the Alpamayo & Quitaraju expedition are July 1-15, 2018!

In July we also had two private personal trips in Peru for Alpenglow guides/owners, Adrian Ballinger and Logan Talbott. Logan had a great time in Peru and climbed Alpamayo and Artesonraju with his climbing partner, Eric. In…

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Successful Summit on Alpamayo!

Day 10: CUMBRE! Our 2017 expedition team summited Alpamayo (19,512′ / 5947m) at 9am (7am PST). They had great views and the mountain to themselves! They are back at Col Camp (18,000′ / 5486m), everyone is happy and tired. Mañana is a rest day! CHEERS to a strong team and a successful summit!!

Alpamayo is known as the gem of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Ever since it was first climbed in 1951, alpinists have been flocking to attempt its fluted Southwest Face. Many fledgling high altitude climbers consider this peak a culmination of their early climbing careers.

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Successful SUMMIT on Mount Elbrus!

Photos: Ben Mitchell
Successful SUMMIT for our Elbrus expedition team!! Everything went smooth for the climb and everyone summited. The team is psyched and safely back down at the hotel, showered and relaxing. CHEERS to a strong team!

Mount Elbrus is a dormant double-coned volcano, rises to 18,510′ / 5642m. Its double peaks tower over the stunning western Caucasus Region of Russia, near the border of Georgia. Elbrus is the highest point in all of Europe (& Russia), making this climb one of the renowned ‘Seven Summits’.

 

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Summit Push on Alpamayo

Text: Esteban “Topo” Mena

“Day 8: We moved to Moraine Camp (16,000′ / 4,877m) today. Team is strong and stoked. Tomorrow will move to Col Camp.

Day 9: Got to Col Camp(18,000′ / 5,486m) couple hours ago. Team is settled in tents, already had lunch and working on water now. All is good, Dan & Van are stoked. Alpamayo summit tomorrow! Yesss!”

For more information on our Alpamayo and Quitaraju expedition, or any of our other international expeditions check out our website. For questions email  info@alpenglowexpeditions.com or call our office at 877-873-5376. We hope to climb…

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Elbrus Summit Push Is Happening!

Text & Photos: Ben Mitchell

“Day 9: Had a good day today. Weather was clear, a bit windy at our high point. A fair number of climbers on the route today. High winds up high kept the summit numbers around 50%. The team climbed to 4800 meters at the top of Pushnakov rocks. Everyone felt good on the hike and moved well. We are taking a full rest day tomorrow and planning to climb the following morning!

 

 

 

 

Day 10: Great rest day. We took the gondola down and went to the sauna for a quick soak…

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