August 22, 2011
IMG guide Greg Vernovage reports by sat phone that the team pulled into the 17,800 foot “Nido de Condores” high camp on Illimani. High camp is situated just below the glacier. It is a stiff hike to get up there, and today the team hired some porters to help carry the tents and gear, which was helpful, especially since there was some rocky scrambling in places.
The plan for tomorrow is to head out about 2am, wearing crampons, for a solid day of snow and ice climbing. Greg says the route looks to be in good shape and everyone is doing well. So far so good!