Cordillera Blanca 2019 Expedition Dispatches

Dispatch #1 – June 15th, 2019 – Lima

Our team members are now arriving in Lima and tomorrow we will take the VIP bus service to Huaraz, where we will spend three nights for acclimatization.

We let our team members make their own schedules for the two full days we are in Huaraz, so some will go for day hikes or mountain bike rides, whilst others may decide to explore the town and discover some of the many great restaurants that Huaraz has to offer.

Phil Crampton

Dispatch #2 – June 19th, 2019 – Ishinca Refugio

We are now getting settled at the Ishnica Refugio situated at an elevation of 4,350 meters. We have our regular host/head cook Angel, who’s being assisted by some wonderful Italian volunteers, Davis and Celine.

We plan to rest for the remainder of the day after our three hour walk to base camp and tomorrow, Percy, Our UIAGM Peruvian guide will work with any team members whom need to review any techniques and skills before we head onto the glacier with our first climb of Urus Este on the 21st.

Phil Crampton

Dispatch #3 – June 21st, 2019 – Ishinca Refugio

The two rope teams reached the summit of Urus Este early this morning and descended to the refugio for lunch. Tomorrow will be an active rest day and the following day we will make a climb on Ishinca.

Phil Crampton

Dispatch #4 – June 23rd, 2019 – Ishinca Refugio

The team completed the second climb with the summit of Ishinca. The climb was slightly longer than Urus Este due to the longer approach to get to crampon point. Tomorrow will be another rest day as we plan to depart at midnight for our ascent of Tocllaraju.

Phil Crampton

Dispatch #5 – June 27th, 2019 – Huaraz

We are now back in Huaraz getting ready for the bus ride to Lima. One of our members took the night bus last night, and another member will be staying in Huaraz and completing some more climbs in the amazing Cordillera Blanca.

The summit day on Tocllaraju was longer than the two previous acclimatization climbs but was worth it with amazing views from the summit.

Our last evening at the refugio was spent celebrating with another expedition team and fun was had by all.

Phil Crampton

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