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Machu Picchu: Elias and Team reach Machu Picchu!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | August 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 7,972'

Hello from Aguas Calientes,

We arrived to Macchu Picchu this morning!! After a super early 3:30am wake up call, and 4:30 start, we hiked the last couple miles to this one of the world’s seven wonders of architecture. Light rain and plenty of clouds greeted us at Intipunku (Sun Gate), perched on the hills of Macchu Picchu mountain. But upon descent to the citadel itself, the ceiling of vaporized water cleared up and we could admire, as a reward for the last week of intense hiking through the Andes, the mysticism of this “lost City of the Incas” as well as its dramatic mountain cliffs surrounding us.

We are now resting at our hotel, equally excited about tomorrow’s hike to Huayna Picchu, above Macchu Picchu. Stay tuned for the last report and pictures.

Regards,
RMI Guide Elías de Andres Martos and the Team.

PS: photo attached from Puyupatamarca, Inca site on our descent to Macchu Picchu yesterday

View of Machu Picchu. Photo: RMI Collection

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So glad that you are there, what a beautiful view. Know that you all will never forget it. love, Momma

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Posted by: Patsy Hollie on 8/7/2014 at 11:29 pm

We are so proud of you.  Congratulations!  Knew you could do it!

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Posted by: Cindy on 8/7/2014 at 10:14 am


Machu Picchu: Elias and Team At Winaywayna

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | August 05, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 8,700'

Hello, this is Elias and the Machu Picchu trekking team. We are at Winaywayna and we are having a wonderful time on our awesome trek. Tomorrow we will wake up very, very early to [broken] two hours [broken] that will lead us into Machu Picchu where [broken]. Tomorrow we descend to beautiful [broken]. We will be checking in tomorrow from Machu Picchu. [broken]

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RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos checks in from the Machu Picchu trek.

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Machu Picchu: Elias & Team Merged onto the Inca Trail

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | August 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 12,620'

Hello, this is Elías and the Machu Picchu trekking team. First of all, we want to apologize for the lack of communication yesterday, but we were in such a narrow valley that our satellite phone wouldn’t pick up the signal. However, we had an awesome day crossing the Continental Divide, from the Pacific side to the Atlantic and dropping to an amazing valley, where we saw herds of llamas moving around. And we had awesome views of Nevado Salkantay, a 6,000+ meter peak, and amazing glaciers. Today we merged with the classic Inca Trail, where we are today. We are just camped here, perched on a terrace right above treeline, and it’s been an amazing day! We went from the dry Andean landscape to the rainforest we have just crossed, and we’re having an awesome time discovering this amazing land of the Inca. We’ll keep you posted tomorrow, as we have our second journey into the classic Inca Trail, and again, we have left behind the three days of incredible hiking up mountain passes in the Andes. That’s all for now! We’ll check in again tomorrow. Bye.

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Elias de Andres Martos calls in from Machu Picchu.

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful time! Go team Junell!!! - Sam & Clay, I Love you mommy and daddy and miss you!! Rowan

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Posted by: Beverly Jones on 8/5/2014 at 9:56 am

Jayne, you know I will be expecting some pictures with you and the llamas. Hope y’all are having a blast!

-Tyler

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Machu Picchu: Elias & Team Begin Their Trek

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | August 02, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 12,460'

Hello this is Elias with the Machu Picchu Trek. We are at our camp right below Nevado Salkantay under the impressive north face. We had a really good first day of hiking. We are in the vicinity of 13,000 feet. Everybody did really well. We are about to enjoy a nice dinner cooked by our amazing cook, Alejandro. Tomorrow we will visit Incan ruins and the Inca Calendar. and will keep you posted when we get to the next camp.

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Elias de Andres Martos calling in from the Machu Picchu Trek.

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Just want to shout out a big “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MICHAEL”, we’ll celebrate when you get home. love, Patsy & Bob

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Posted by: Patsy Hollie on 8/2/2014 at 11:44 am


Machu Picchu:  Elias and Team Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 31, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,850'

Good evening!

We’re writing from our hotel in Cuzco after a full day of visits along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With the city of Ollantaytambo as the pinnacle of the day, we also had the time to pet the llamas and alpacas of a South American Cammel’s zoo we visited. The walking we did among the different Inca ruins we visited along the Urubamba river, between elevations of 9,000 and 12,000 ft, continued to help us acclimate to the altitude.
Tomorrow, an early departure (4am) will bring us to the trail head to start our trek towards Machu Picchu… a week filled with great trail hiking awaits!

Our next post will be from the trails.

Best regards,

RMI Guide Elías and the team

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Machu Picchu: Elias and Team Explore Cusco

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 30, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru

Greetings again from Cuzco,

We had a great first day of official activities, with a morning packed of visits to the main monuments of the city. From the amazing, earthquake proof Inca walls of Koricancha, to the 16th Century Cathedral, we did also, without noticing, start our acclimatization process by stretching our legs across this ancient city.  Gear check and hike briefing with our local outfitter filled the afternoon.  We look forward to yet another day of discovery, along the Sacred Valley Of The Incas tomorrow.

Best regards,
RMI Guide Elías and team

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Machu Picchu: Elias and Team Arrive in Cusco

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 29, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,850'

Buenas tardes from Cusco,

The 2014 Machu Picchu trek has started! All members have arrived to the former capital of the Inca Empire…really excited to launch the first edition of this trek, where we will travel a combination of the Salkantay and Inca trails into the citadel of Machu Picchu.

We have just held our initial meeting and are now ready to hit the restaurant for dinner. We’re doing so on the early side to allow for an early bed time, well deserved after the many hours of international travel. Tomorrow, we’ll have a morning tour to discover the sights of this incredible city.  While exploring Cusco, we will also start acclimatizing since we’re about 10,000 ft above sea level.

Best regards from Peru, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

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The RMI July 28th Machu Picchu team in Cusco, Peru. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Ramona and Michael It was good talking to you yesterday and guess it will be a while before I do again. Hope that you’re enjoying the trail. Love, Momma

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Posted by: Patsy Hollie on 8/1/2014 at 7:53 pm

Can’t wait for all the updates. Be safe and have fun! Oh and “GO TEAM JUNELL!!”

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Posted by: Beverly on 7/30/2014 at 8:57 am


Alpamayo: Elias and Team arrive at Cashapampa (Base Camp)

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,270'

Hello! Good afternoon!

This is Elías and the Alpamayo climbing team. We are calling from Cashapampa, or the trailhead, where we have just arrived. IT is 3 PM local time on Friday, the 25th, and we have successfully finished our expedition. We’d like to apologize for their lack of a call last night from Base Camp following the call we made in the morning after the climb, but the sat. phone wasn’t working properly or the cloud cover maybe even lower, but we arrived at Base Camp shortly, 4 hours after we departed High Camp. We had a nice dinner, re-encountering our cook and camp staff, and this morning the donkeys made our journey back to the trailhead very enjoyable. And, like I said, we’re now at the trailhead loading our backs into the taxi, the truck that is going to take us back into town. And we’ll be over. So thanks to everybody who’s been following our progress on the mountain, and we send our regards to everyone, and we will be checking in the next time with some pictures and a final recap from Huaraz within the next 24 hours!

Thank you and goodbye.


Elias and team checking in from Cashapampa.

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Alpamayo: Team Summits with 100%

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 17,880'

Hello everyone, this is Elias and the Alpamayo Climbing team Thursday the 24th.  It is 9:45 local time and we are calling from Camp 2.  Guess what?  We just summited this morning.  We didn’t have a chance to call from the summit, it’s a pretty gnarly ridge, pretty exposed and there were some winds.  We were a six person team, all the climbers Tony, Kenzie, Parker and Peter made it up. So pulling the sat phone out was a little bit out of the question.  But we are psyched.  We had an awesome climb. These guys were super strong and climbed really, really quick and efficient.  Like I said we are back at camp, safe and sound. 
We are looking forward to starting our descent.  The plan is now to take a couple hours rest here and pack it up and initiate our descent to base camp where our cook, Emile, we hopefully be waiting with a nice meal, really well earned.
That is pretty much it for now.  As an antidote, we would like to share that, we had a chance, to high five reknown Swiss climber Ueli Steck who was climbing here in the Cordillera Blanca and happened to climb Alpamayo today.  It was pretty nice to see him climb next to us and, of course,  smoked us on the way up. But hey, he’s a different league, and we feel pretty satisfied with the job done. We were the first one’s out of camp, the first one’s on the summit and the first one’s down back to camp.
We are reporting incredible weather, incredible views and everybody is psyched.
And if you stay tuned we will be checking in tonight when we arrive back at Base Camp, out of the glacier and ready to return to Huaraz tomorrow.  That’s it from me right now and thanks to all of you who have been following us.  We will check in tonight when we are out of the mountains.

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RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos checks in after reaching the summit of Alpamayo.

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Alpamayo: Elias and Team Rest and Prepare for Summit Attempt

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 17,880'

Hello this is the Alpamayo climbing team and the word is we are climbing tonight. It is Wednesday. 3:00 PM local time and we decide to take a rest day today as we arrived yesterday up here. And all is well, we’re pretty excited. Tony, Parker, Kenzie, and Pete are really strong, healthy, and ready to go. So we will hopefully keep you updated from the summit tomorrow sometime in the early morning and… yeah. You can probably hear our voice from the top of Alpamayo. We’ll initiate soon afterwards our descent and the goal we be to actually make it to base camp but that is yet to be seen. [Broken] Hopefully we’ll have good news for you.  That’s all for now, we’re going to go to bed pretty soon here and we’ll check in tomorrow. Bye.

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RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos checks in from high camp on Alpamayo.

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We just got word that you successfully summited! Way to go team. We are in awe of this magical experience.  Can’t wait to celebrate over Face-time with you. Now focus… read more

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Recent Images From Peru

  • View of Machu Picchu. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The RMI July 28th Machu Picchu team in Cusco, Peru. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • View of the Peruvian mountains from the hotel in Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Team Breakfast in Huaraz. Photo: Elisa deAndres Martos
  • The Peru Seminar team enjoying the sand in Playa Barranca, Peru. Photo: Robby Young
  • The Peru Seminar team preparing for their ceviche and tacu-tato lunch in Playa Barranca, Peru. Photo: Robby Young
  • The Peru Seminar team's knot session at the Ishinca Valley Base camp. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • The team loading the bus in Huaraz, getting ready to head to the trailhead for the Ishinca Valley, Peru.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • The Alpamayo team at the alpine lake on the our hike. Photo: Eric Frank
  • View of the Peruvian mountains from the hotel. Photo: Eric Frank
  • Walking into Huaraz to get dinner. Photo: Eric Frank
  • June 30, 2014, RMI Peru Seminar team. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • Laguna Churup hike on the RMI Peru Seminar. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos