January 29th, 2018
We’ve had a week to catch our breath and now it’s time to get back to talking about how IMG trips are going in the Southern Hemisphere and Mexico.
This will be our final Mexico trip for the season. IMG Senior Guide, Charlotte Austin, is at the helm of this final trip and they’re already off and running. Charlotte and everyone arrived without issue AND with all their luggage. We love saying that. That was on Saturday. They left yesterday for the town of Amecameca and an acclimatization hike in the area of Cortez Pass, near the first objective —- Ixtacciuatl. The acclimatization process continues today with a carry up to high camp. Good to get some food/fuel/water up to there to lighten the load when they move up tomorrow. Plus, it’s the perfect way to spend another acclimatization day. Team will spend tonight at the Altzimoni Hut, right near the pass. Trying to get in as much acclimatization time as possible. Team is doing well and, as we often say – so far, so good.
Very similar report from Team 4 on Aconcagua. IMG guides Luke Reilly, Jay Lyons and Leandro Villegas are together with their team in Mendoza. Again, NO lost luggage issues – hooray! The guides cranked yesterday and finished food shopping/packing, today’s project is to do final individual gear checks and secure their permits for climbing Aconcagua. They head out tomorrow for Penitentes where they’ll be making up mule loads and having one last hotel night before beginning their 3 day approach to base camp.