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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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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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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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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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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Descends to 11,000’ Camp

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | June 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,200'

June 16, 2015 11:47 pm

It was cold this morning at 17,000’ Camp. I mean walking down the ridge in parkas and puffy pants cold. With light winds and a nip in the air we picked our way down the west buttress amongst throngs of other climbers seeking lower elevations. Once we started down the fixed lines the wind died and the solar began cooking us, we walked into 14,000’ Camp wishing we had shorts. After a few hours relaxing at our old home we loaded up and continued on to 11 Camp for the night. We had a custom order fry up for dinner, trying to cook all the remaining cheese, meat, tortillas and other heavy items before hitting the sack. Our plan is to wake up in the middle of the night and walk to the airstrip. If all goes as planned we should be back in Talkeetna by mid day. Thanks for following along on our Upper West Rib expedition.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

The view from the top of Motorcycle Hill.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Returns to High Camp After Summit

Posted by: Eric Frank, Geoff Schellens | June 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley

June 16, 2015 - 2:01 am

Hey, this is the Upper West Rib team calling you to confirm that we made it back to High Camp.  We are all tucked in for the night, in bed safe and sound.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


RMI Guide Eric Frank checks in from High Camp after the team returns from the summit.

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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Calls from the Summit

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 20,320'

June 15, 2015 8:57 pm PT

Hello everybody this is Geoff Schellens with the Upper West Rib team calling from the summit of Denali.  It’s been quite a long day and a lot of tired folks but we are happy to be here.  We are about to start our descent and we will check in from 17 Camp.  Thanks everybody for following along.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

The view from the summit of Mt. McKinley, Alaska 20,320 ft.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Geoff Schellens calls from the summit of Mt. McKinley with the Upper West Rib Team.

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Congratulations and many cheers to the team and Kim from all her USN fans.
Harvey

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Posted by: Harvey Sperling on 6/16/2015 at 4:00 am

I always said your head was in the clouds in the the best possible way!!! Amazing!!!

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Posted by: zev roth on 6/16/2015 at 3:21 am


Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Preparing for Summit Bid Tomorrow

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 16,900'

Sunday June 14th 8:20 pm PT

Hello, this is RMI Guide, Eric Frank, calling in from Alaska. I’m at the Balcony Camp on the Upper West Rib, here at 16,900 feet. Our team climbed up here today from our 14,000-foot camp. We’re doing great. It is about 7:20 PM, Alaska time. We have tents up and we are settling into dinner. It’s beautiful evening out here. We can see several hundred miles from our vantage all throughout the Alaska Range and into the tundra to the north, so we’re doing well. We anticipate great weather tomorrow.

RMI Guide Eric Frank


RMI Guide Eric Frank calls in from Balcony Camp.

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Mt. McKinley: Upper West Rib Team Awaits a Perfect Weather Window

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Eric Frank | June 14, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 14,200'

Sunday June 14th 12:00 a.m. PT

The weather has turned and things in the Alaska Range are looking up. All day we lounged under blue skies and made our final gear decisions.
It appears from the forecast that tomorrow and Monday will be our best opportunity to climb. We anticipate leaving in the morning and starting a 72-hour cycle of nearly continuous movement, punctuated with some periods of sleep, that will hopefully take us to the top and all the way back to our plane ride to Talkeetna.

RMI Guides Geoff Schellens and Eric Frank

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