August 20, 2012
IMG guide Greg Vernovage reports that the second part of the Bolivia expedition is underway. After the good acclimatization from Alpamayo and Huayna Potosi, a nice rest back in LaPaz enjoying showers and good food, the team is now heading for Illimani. This beautiful mountain is clearly visible from LaPaz, towering about 21,200 feet (6460m) over the Altiplano. Yesterday they took a jeep to the foot of the mountain, then hired porters and mules to move up to the Base Camp (about 15,000 feet). Today they are taking a rest day and doing some additional training, in preparation for the big move tomorrow up to the high camp at Nido de Condores (the Condor’s Nest, at over 18,000 feet). So far so good!