July 15, 2011
IMG guide Jason Edwards reports that the team had an excellent summit day, and they were 100% to the top with six IMG climbers, and three guides. Congrats to climbers Mark, Jeff, Chris, Ted, Colin, and Andrew and to Jason and our two Indonesian guides Steven and Joshua. The weather was excellent and they enjoyed a full moon for their alpine start (about 3:30am). Roundtrip from BC to the summit ended up being about 12 hours. Conditions on the route were good, and the new Tyrolean Traverse over the big notch on the ridge simplifies getting past this obstacle (before you had to rappel into the notch and climb out the other side). After going hard for the last week, and then climbing today, the team enjoyed relaxing after getting back down, knowing they had been successful. After a good night sleep tonight, the porters return tomorrow and they start the trek back to Ilaga, which they are estimating will take five days.