August 1, 2016
Andy and the Team just checked in from the Condor’s Nest at 18,000’. This is not the easiest climb to High Camp. The route out of Base Camp gets you into your groove and after a few switch backs, you find yourself having lunch at the base of the HC ridge. Once on the ridge, you pay attention to your hand and foot placement.
At Nido de Condores, you can see the route winding up the mountain and onto the final summit ridge. Illimani (21,200’) is real climbing! The plan for the Team is to get moving at 2:30 am. Andy and the Guide Team took a look at the lower end of the climb and report: “It will be fun. We have enough gear and rope and will likely make a few decisions when we get on the steep sections.” Andy was referring to the area known as the “stairway to heaven”, a long steep section that can either be pitched out or fixed.