February 7, 2012
Phil Ershler called to check-in this afternoon. They have had nice hiking up through the forest the past two days and have climbed above treeline to reach the Piedra Grande Hut where they will spend the next two nights.
The team is strong and healthy and Phil is looking forward to leading them all to the summit in two days. Tomorrow they will take an acclimatization hike up from the hut and then an early departure for the summit the following day if all goes according to schedule. There is a new covering of snow on the mountain which brightens everything up and Phil says conditions look good.