May 15, 2013
Today George Dunn is getting his Mt. Bona guides Austin Shannon and Sheldon Kerr dialed for their upcoming Mt. Bona trip.
Looks like they’re off to a good start!
May 12, 2013
From: Chris Meder
Sent: Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:09 PM
To: George Dunn
Subject: Happy Mothers Day from Machu Picchu team
We just arrived back in Cusco after another full day. The group elected to head back up to Machu Picchu this morning and hike the challenging Wayna Picchu peak. Steep trail and rocky stairs led to an incredible top-down view of Machu Picchu. And, while on top we had a Happy Mothers Day message to send home!
From: Chris Meder
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 2:31 PM
To: George Dunn
Subject: Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes
The team went four for four today with stellar weather for our completion of the Inca Trail and tour of Machu Picchu. Just a perfect day. We arrived at the Sun Gate as the sun was just casting its first rays on the site, enjoyed the view for a while, and then took a full tour of the ruins with our local guide Juan explaining all the details. Here’s a photo of the group.
We’re now in Aguas Calientes, showered and had a late lunch. The group is now checking out the town and doing a little shopping. Tomorrow it’s up early again for a return to Machu Picchu and a challenging hike up Wayna Picchu for another great view of the area.
May 9, 2013
Chris Meder called in from the Inca Trail. The team is continuing to do a terrific job on the trail, and the weather is great. They are camping at at Wiñay Wayna tonight, very close to Machu Picchu and will hike down through the gate early in the morning to catch the sunrise. Chris says it was a spectacular day of scenery today and the group couldn’t have done better. Tomorrow…. Machu Picchu!
May 7, 2013
IMG guide Chris Meder called in this evening by sat phone. He says all is well and the group had a straight forward first hiking day today. The weather was good and the scenery excellent. All of the team is walking well and feeling good and they are having a great time.
May 7, 2013
Every spring all the guides who are not on expeditions around the world gather in the booming metropolis of Ashford, WA for our annual Guide Training weekend. We shake out the cobwebs and refocus our energies on Mt. Rainier. Day 1 usually consists of some updates on procedures, protocols, etc. and culminates with a BBQ. Day 2 is up on Mt. Rainier refreshing on some fundamentals and tweaking some skills based on new gear or industry standards.
This past Saturday and Sunday were no different – except for the absolutely phenomenal weather and it being IMG Guide and resident ER Doc, Emily Johnston’s birthday.
Good times had by all!
May 6, 2013
IMG guide Chris Meder called to check in at 4:30 pm PDT on Monday May 6. The group arrived at their hotel in the Sacred Valley an hour ago. They are settling in and preparing for dinner shortly.
They had a full day sightseeing today, and are preparing for an early departure from the hotel tomorrow morning for the start of the trek. Tomorrow will be a full day of walking in which the team will cover about 8 miles.
May 5, 4:50pm PDT
IMG guide Chris Meder checked in from Cusco on a private Machu Picchu trek. Here’s what he had to say:
“The group has all arrived in Cusco in great shape with all bags. We spent the afternoon touring some of the sites in town and had a nice lunch al fresco (photo). A big dinner is on tap next.”
Today the group will tour the Sacred Valley with visits of archaeological sites and the famous Pisak Market.
May 2, 2013
Austin called in yesterday afternoon with a no-go report on the snow conditions on the upper mountain. They poked around but given the conditions and the warming trend in the weather they opted to hang tight last night and not climb.
Tough call but when the mountain tells you no, it’s best to listen.
Today they worked on some fixed lines, learned about anchor building, and dug a snow cave. Not a bad alternative!
May 1, 2013
IMG Guide Austin Shannon called in from Camp Muir this morning to report great conditions – cold and clear.
After a long day on the snowfield yesterday they’ll take it relatively easy today. Their plan today is to head up to the flats for an exploratory mission to scope things out. Once they’ve had a chance to evaluate the terrain they’ll head back to Camp Muir for the night to determine their next steps.
That’s all for now…