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Alpamayo Expedition: Schellens and Team Move to Moraine Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 28, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 16,240'

This morning we woke to coffee in bed and blue skies above. We had a leisurely morning, after breakfast we napped in the sun and slowly packed our bags. At mid day we had a delicious lunch and spent some more time packing and digesting before hoisting our packs and heading up to Moraine Camp. Everyone did a fantastic job getting up here. Shortly after we moved into the tents our porters arrived with tea and dinner, these guys are amazing!  We are now enjoying the alpine glow on some of the surrounding peaks of the Cordillera Blanca before turning in for the night.
The team is doing great and very excited to be making up hill progress again.
Thanks for following along with us.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo team

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So far the “hike” sounds like one of those glamping vacations. Step it up guys! John-I hope you enjoyed the glacier bathing.  I once jumped into a glacier lake near… read more

Posted by: Lisa Stenderup on 7/28/2015 at 8:09 pm


Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Enjoy Adventure Filled Rest Day

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 27, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,270'

Today’s blog is brought to you by the team:

July 27, 2015: Peru, South America with a group of Americans…

Our rest day today proved to bring out the restlessness in these children (yes, us). Promptly following coffee in bed and a two course breakfast, the team took to sun bathing. Once the Vitamin D production quotas were met for the day, the team selected their bathing suits and headed for the lake! A quick 20 minute hike led us to the alpine lake and picturesque view. Testosterone quickly kicked in when the team hit the rocky beach and noticed the glacier that was feeding ice into the lake. It took mere minutes for the team to jump in. Robert took a little convincing but peer pressure won the day. After an unforgettable day of bonding, we all feel blessed to have each other’s company and grateful to be sharing this experience in such a majestic place. What happens on the mountain…gets posted to the blog.

Oh yea, almost forgot, we rode icebergs in a glacial lake! Who else can say they did that in July?!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and Team

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Did someone say iceberg lettuce? Sorry, I couldn’t resist the produce pun John. Sounds like an amazing place and a truly memorable experience. Continue to enjoy and be safe! -… read more

Posted by: Kim Reddin on 7/28/2015 at 4:23 pm

Stenderup!!!  What did you do with the WG Market update?  I can’t find it!!! ... just kidding .. :)
Hope you are doing well and having fun!  The Gowdy… read more

Posted by: Luke Gowdy on 7/28/2015 at 2:47 pm


Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Carry to Moraine Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 26, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 16,300'

Good evening all, the team is doing great. Today we carried up to Moraine Camp, 16,300’. After a leisurely pancake breakfast, we packed our climbing gear under blue skies and started hiking around ten o’clock. Unfortunately high clouds rolled in and by mid morning, though this made for a less-impressive view, we were glad for the cooler temperatures as we made our way up the rocky slopes to Moraine Camp. Everyone did a great job with the moderate loads and the new altitude, 16,300 feet. After caching our gear we made our way back to Base Camp for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. Tomorrow we will sleep in and enjoy a full rest day.

Thanks for following along,
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo team

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Alpamayo Expedition: Schellens and Team Arrive at Base Camp

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 25, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,200'

Today we awoke to blue sky’s and light wind, coffee in bed followed by a fantastic breakfast. After breaking camp we helped load the donkeys and continued hiking up the beautiful Santa Cruze valley. With every step more sunning mountain seemed to reveal themselves, truly an awe inspiring place. After a couple hours of hiking we turned north and climbed some switchbacks before sauntering into our Base Camp at 14,200’. We all got our first look at Alpamayo, one of the most beautiful peaks I have ever seen. Shortly after arriving to our Base Camp lunch was served, soup and pasta, quite tasty. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and bathing in the river.
The team is doing very well and we are all excited to be here.

Thanks for following along with us
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo team

Following the trail to Base Camp on Alpamayo, Peru.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Giddy up Rob

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Posted by: Jay on 7/26/2015 at 3:47 am

Donkeys? Unnecessary. Don’t you guys from the East Coast (VT and NY) know that the CA boys (Jesse and John) are going to get soft if you don’t work them.… read more

Posted by: Kent Stenderup on 7/25/2015 at 9:28 pm


Alpamayo Expedition: Elias and Team Return from the Mountains

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 25, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,000'

Greetings from Huaraz!

The team finished the expedition yesterday, arriving safe and sound to the capital of the Ancash district of Peru, but also the capital of Andean climbing. Our descent to the trail head at Cashapampa, with the help of horses, was an extraordinary experience. We took our time to enjoyed for the last time the views of the massively snow fluted peaks and turquoise lakes down valley. Right on time for a shower and a celebratory dinner, the arrival at the hotel marked the end of our climbing adventure. We’ll spend the day today relaxing in Huaraz and enjoying a Pachamanca, typical Peruvian meal cooked underground, with our local guide and outfitter’s family, before packing for tomorrow’s departure to Lima and flights back home.
Thanks to all for following and cheering for this team during our climb! We just say bye now until next year’s expedition, wishing best of luck to Geoff’s Schellens’ team, who’s currently starting the 2nd RMI Alpamayo climb this season.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

The streets of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: Eric Frank

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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Reach Llama Corral

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 24, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 12,300'

Today we made our first steps towards Alpamayo. After an early start from Huaraz we drove north for about three hours with the entire Cordillera Blanca Range glistening in the morning light. Truly spectacular. After reaching Cashapampa, we disembarked from our van, met our cook and helped load the donkey with our gear for the trip. Finally the whole expedition starts. Excitement was high as we began our approach to base camp. The first hour and a half of the hike was up steep switchbacked terrain after which it mellowed and became a gradual meandering trail up the Santa Cruse Valley. Our camp tonight is called Llama Corral, 12,300 feet, and about halfway up the valley. Tomorrow we should reach base camp by early afternoon.

The team is doing very well, everyone is climbing strong, staying healthy, and excited for what’s to come.

Thanks for following along with us!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo team

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I’m glad you guys are doing well…. However, I would like like to hear more about the DONKEY!!!  PHOTO PLEASE!
HAVE FUN…STAY SAFE!!!  Sending lots of love and WARM… read more

Posted by: Patty Stenderup on 7/25/2015 at 2:46 pm


Alpamayo: Elias & Team Back at Base Camp

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,270'

We are back at the comfort of lower elevations, the meals of our cook Emilio, and the safety of the Andean meadow in which it sits. Our summit climb yesterday was incredible; mainly because of the climbing ability of our climbers, (providing the fastest and most efficient one this guide has had) but also because the weather, conditions and surroundings. We had the mountain to ourselves, which contributed too. This morning, we had to drag our feet out of Camp 2, since a whiteout engulfed us upon waking up. The weather gave us a break and without hesitation, we started our descent to BC. We know we’re not done till we dismount our horses tomorrow at the trailhead, but our sense of accomplishment makes us believe so; we have climbed, arguably and according to many, the most beautiful mountain in the world. We’re going now to rest that thought in the warmth of the first night not on the glacier in a few days, and let you know all about it tomorrow from our hotel.

RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

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We’re very proud of you all! Congratulations on your successful climb! Dixie, Scott and Tucker

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Posted by: Dixie on 7/25/2015 at 4:38 am

Fatima, Great to hear that you had a memorable experience and such good conditions on summit day on such an unusually beautiful mountain. That (and the 450m ice-climb) will make… read more

Posted by: Peter Williamson on 7/24/2015 at 2:57 pm


Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Acclimatization Hike in Huaraz

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 23, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 14,000'

This morning we woke up around 7:00 gathered for a delicious breakfast with lots of coffee and packed a small day pack. Today’s mission: a short acclimatization hike just outside of Huaraz. Shortly after breakfast we loaded in to the shuttle and drove about 40 minutes out of town to the trailhead at just over 12,000 feet. Starting out in the rolling foothills were stunning snow-capped peaks looming above us. We couldn’t contain our excitement and began hiking too fast. Quickly we realized our error and settled into a reasonable pace. A few hours later we found ourselves at the beautiful Laguna Churup, 14,000 feet, where Don and Jesse promptly went swimming. We relaxed by the amazing alpine lake eating lunch and taking photos before descending back to our shuttle. This afternoon we will rest at our hotel, do a little shopping in town and enjoy another delicious dinner before hitting the trail tomorrow.

Everyone is doing well and spirits are high. Thanks for following along with us on this amazing adventure!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Schellens & team hike to Laguna Churup in Peru. Photo: Geoff Schellens

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Miss You!!!
Love, Angela Liana , Avery, Bella and Buster Brown :-)

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Posted by: Angels Kinne on 7/24/2015 at 10:31 am


Alpamayo Expeditions: Schellens and Team Arrive in Lima, Peru

Posted by: Geoff Schellens | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 10,000'

Hi all,
The whole team arrived in Lima late last night for our Alpamayo Expedition. We gathered for breakfast this morning at the hotel and excitement is running high. Shortly after breakfast we packed and loaded our van for the long drive to Huaraz. Huaraz is a beautiful town in the foothills of the Cordillera Blanca at 10,000’ surrounded by stunning peaks. After arriving at our hotel we met our Peruvian guide, William, and discussed some logistics for the up coming days, spent some time relaxing, and had a fantastic dinner. Tomorrow we will go for a short hike before resting and packing for the approach.

Thanks for following along with us,
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

The view of the Cordillera Blanca mountains over the rooftops of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection

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* I meant to say: sending good vibes.. :)
Happy Sunday, guys.
God be with you!

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Posted by: Luz on 7/26/2015 at 12:59 pm

How’s everything going up there? Sending god vibes and hopping to hear from you, guys.
Share your adventures :D..
Have a great Saturday.
Love you,… read more

Posted by: Luz on 7/25/2015 at 12:00 pm


Alpamayo Expedition: Elias and Team Summit!

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos | July 22, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Peru
Elevation: 19,512'

Hi again, this is Elias it looks like the previous message got cut by the satellite reception. We are back at Camp, everything went pretty well. This team crushed it, they climbed 450 meters of really step ice on Alpamayo in less than five hours.  They killed it. We are safely back at camp. Sorry we couldn’t call from the top but if you have seen pictures of the mountain, there is only room for one person at a time so we couldn’t call from there.  This is pretty awesome.  We want to thank everybody who has been cheering for us.  We will keep you posted tomorrow from Base Camp, hopefully.  We’re going to chill tonight here at High Camp, because we had the entire mountain to ourselves. So there was no rush to leave early, we had a later start, enjoyed ourselves in the daylight. We are going to sleep here and then do the descent tomorrow. That’s all for now and thanks again for following, and we will check in tomorrow from Base Camp prior to heading out the next day.

Take care, Bye.
RMI Guide Elias de Andres Martos

Ascending Alpamayo on summit day.  Photo: Eric Frank Alpamayo from High Camp at 17,880 ft.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos

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Felicitaciones al equipo!!!!
Que tengan un descenso seguro y disfruten del éxito!
Gracias por todos los informes
Un abrazo fuerte
Bettina ( hermana de Wolf )

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Posted by: Bettina Riehle de Mola on 7/22/2015 at 9:47 pm

Dear Team - CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What an amazing achievement - be safe on the way down and get some rest! Hugs and BRAVO! Feli

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Posted by: felicitas funke-riehle on 7/22/2015 at 3:45 pm


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Recent Images From Peru

  • Following the trail to Base Camp on Alpamayo, Peru.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • The streets of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: Eric Frank
  • Schellens & team hike to Laguna Churup in Peru. Photo: Geoff Schellens
  • The view of the Cordillera Blanca mountains over the rooftops of Huaraz, Peru.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Ascending Alpamayo on summit day.  Photo: Eric Frank
  • Alpamayo from High Camp at 17,880 ft.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • Looking up at the summit of Alpamayo from Col Camp at 17,880 ft.  Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • The July 12th Alpamayo team hike to beautiful Churup Lake. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
  • Alpamayo team meeting in Huaraz, Peru. Photo: Elias de Andres Martos
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  • Huaraz, Peru, as seen from the RMI team's acclimating hike. Photo: Robby Young
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