August 16, 2013
From: Greg Vernovage
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 1:53 PM
To: Eric Simonson; tye.chapman
Subject: Bolivia Update
The team is back in La Paz for a well deserved rest after climbing Pequeno Alpamayo and Huayna Potosi. We had great days on both peaks with temps a little below normal for this time of year. Conditions on both mountains were fantastic. We had great snow conditions and on Huayna Potosi. We spent the entire day on snow which is not normal for this peak. For our extra acclimatization day on Pico Austria, we were rewarded with a Condor flying over head.
Pequeno Alpamayo was our first chance to put our training with technical skills to the test. We had it all, glacier travel, rock and some high angle fixed lines. We got it done, all at altitude.
Huayna Potosi is just a great climb! A cold night making the sun a welcome site. As the team climbed over the bergshrund, the sun seemingly came out from the jungle below us. Sweet. What was left for the team was one of my favorite summit ridge climbs in the world. A few “cat walks” and another view of Lake Titicaca and we were on the summit.
A couple days of rest here in La Paz and on to Illimani. A classic climb at high altitude!