February 13, 2012
A lot going on in Latin America this week – here’s the latest news from our IMG teams abroad…
The first IMG trek in Patagonia, led by Operations Manager Tye Chapman, is off and running. All trekkers, with all their luggage, arrived this evening in Punta Arenas, Chile. Breezy and cool in Punta with a bit of sun. Sounds about right for this time of year. Tomorrow morning, they head to Puerto Natales with a stop en route to say “Hi” to the penguins. Tye and Doug initiated the first annual Patagonia Polar Plunge by jumping into the Straights of Magellan.
We heard from both Mike and Greg today. Teams are doing well. Mike and crew carried to C1 today and plan on moving there Monday. Elevation – about 16,000 ft. Greg called from C3 – high camp. The team arrived in good form. We talked about forecasted weather and strategy. Weather is forecasted to remain clear but with increasing winds as the week progresses. The crew is planning on a 5 AM departure for the summit Monday morning. Keeping our fingers crossed.
I was very ably joined on the Mexico trip by IMG guide, Josh McDowell. I’m not sure if the ladies on our climb took Josh under their wing or the other way around. That said, we finished off a great week with a great day/evening in Puebla before flying home to family, friends and commitments. We’ll be back in November 2012.