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Headed up from Pisco Basecamp

Adrian called from the satellite phone this AM. He reported that the weather could not be better, and the group is really strong. They were headed out of base camp this morning, and hoping to summit Pisco on Thursday. I will write as soon as I hear from him again. Cross your fingers that the good weather remains!

 

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Pisco Summit

Our team of recent Wharton grads have brought us good luck and great weather so far this year! The weather has been stunning during our past week in the mountains and it was culminated by a warm, cloudless, windless summit day on Pisco (19,200)ft. After four days of setting camps progressively higher on the peak (acclimatizing and reviewing skills), our two teams made a 2am start to go for the summit. Tom Frasier climbed with Jaime, while Amit Kapur and Vijay Mayadas shared a rope with Adrian.
Unfortunately Andrew Brown made the tough decision to descend to base camp with…

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Pisco Summit

Our team of recent Wharton grads have brought us good luck and great weather so far this year! The weather has been stunning during our past week in the mountains and it was culminated by a warm, cloudless, windless summit day on Pisco (19,200)ft. After four days of setting camps progressively higher on the peak (acclimatizing and reviewing skills), our two teams made a 2am start to go for the summit. Tom Frasier climbed with Jaime, while Amit Kapur and Vijay Mayadas shared a rope with Adrian.
Unfortunately Andrew Brown made the tough decision to descend to base camp with…

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Team Summits Chopicalqui

First, a quick apology that this dispatch did not go up sooner. While we left the mountains two days ago, we have been keeping a hectic schedule of eating huge meals, drinking coffee, sleeping plenty, and celebrating our climbs of Pisco and Chopicalqui. Chopicalqui was a difficult climb, and only 2 of us (Tom and Adrian) stood on its true summit. But it was a proud day regardless. 3 more of our team (Vijay, Andrew, and Jaime) were stopped only 150 meters below the summit when a key snow bridge across a crevasse collapsed. The crevasse took its toll on…

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