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Entries By geoff schellens


Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Ascend to Moraine Camp

The Alpamayo team is doing great!  This morning we had a leisurely breakfast and began packing for our carry to Moraine Camp. We waved goodbye to Elias and his team as they started their descent to Casha Pompa and by mid morning we shouldered our packs and began hiking. The trail to Moraine Camp weaves through a boulder field as it ascends towards the glacier above. With blue skies overhead we all found ourselves pausing to taken on the spectacular views of the Cordillera Blanca. Once at Moraine Camp, 16,100 feet, we unload our equipment and relaxed for a bit before starting our descent back to BC. After rolling into base camp we enjoyed some delicious soup and spent the afternoon relaxing, reading, or napping. Tomorrow will be our first true rest day, and despite the fact that everyone is strong and healthy we need it more for acclimatization.
That’s it for now.
Thanks for following along

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Alpamayo team

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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Arrive at Base Camp

Alpamayo team to Base Camp.
This morning we woke to a light wind and scattered clouds making for chilly start to the day. Lucky we had a hot breakfast and many cups of hot coffee and as we hit the trail we were quite happy with the cooler hiking weather. The team did great and as we climbed the switchbacks out of the Santa Cruz Valley we got our first glimpse of Alpamayo. By midday we had arrived to our Base Camp, unloaded the donkeys, and set up camp. This afternoon Elias and his team descended to BC after their successful summit yesterday, so we all hung out and told stories. We are all very happy to be settled into our new home for the next few days. Tomorrow we will carry a load of gear up to Moraine Camp in the morning and then rest and relax in the afternoon.
That’s all for now.
Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the A Team

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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Hit the Trail

After an early breakfast and some last minute packing we loaded up our shuttle and said good bye to Huaraz. We headed north out of town for over an hour before leaving the paved road for the washboard dirt road taking us east to the village of Casha Pampa. Here we unloaded our van and helped load the mules that will carry our mountain of gear into base camp for us. Now in the mid-morning sun we started our hike into the Santa Cruz Valley, the first hour and a half was dusty and hot but soon the dirt and rock gave way to beautiful rolling meadows. Beautiful streams trickled down from the surrounding hills and soon we began to see the tops of stunning snow-capped mountains emerging from above the valley walls. By late afternoon we reached our camp at Llama Coral where we set up tents, had a delicious dinner, and settled in for the night.
The team is doing very well and we are happy to be on the trail.
Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the A Team

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Alpamayo: Schellens & Team Hike to Laguna Churup

July 16, 2017
Today we all woke up feeling good, had a very nice breakfast and sipped coffee before heading out on our acclimatization hike. At 8:00 William met us and we loaded into a shuttle for a 40-minute ride bumping through small villages to the trail head at 12,300’. We were all eager to stretch the legs and started out of the gates a little fast. Within minutes we settled into a pace more suited for our altitude. After two hours we found ourselves over looking Laguna Churup at 14,600’. With perfect weather we lounged on the granite slabs around the alpine lake occasionally dozing off in the mid day sun. Shortly after noon we started our descent back to the shuttle and then back into Huaraz. After grabbing a quick lunch in town we did a gear check and got our duffle bags packed for our launch tomorrow and then strolled back into town for a casual dinner. Everyone is doing great and we are all excited to hit the trail tomorrow.

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

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Alpamayo Expedition: Schellens and Team Meet in Lima Transfer to Huaraz

July 15, 2017

Hello all,
The Alpamayo team met this morning in Lima and caught up over breakfast and lots of coffee. Afterwards we loaded our shuttle and began the long drive to Huaraz. As we fought through Lima traffic and broke away to the open roads heading north along the coast the jet lag caught up and we started napping. Soon we turned East and started up the winding roads to the high country. We managed to catch Robby, Steve and the Peru Seminar in a small town for a delicious roadside lunch. Back on the road we hit the switchbacks taking us high. Before too long we got our first glimpse of the Cordillera Blanca and stoped for photos before making our way into Huaraz.
Once we settled into our accommodations we met with William, our Peruvian guide, and wandered into town for dinner.
We are all feeling great and excited for our day hike tomorrow. Stay tuned for more up dates. Thanks for following along

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Team

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Mt. Rainier: Schellens & Team on Summit!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens and the Four Day Summit Climb July 7 - 10 team reached the summit of Mt. Rainier today.  The team enjoyed clear skies and moderate winds.
They will return to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s Summit Climb team!

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Mt. Rainier: Four Day Summit Climb Unable to Make Summit Attempt

The Four Day Summit Climb team for June 15 - 18, 2017 was unable to make a summit attempt of Mt. Rainier this morning due to inclement weather.  The team will descend to Paradise this afternoon and return to Rainier BaseCamp.

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Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Summit!

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Team led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens reached the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Geoff and team had a great day of climbing with warm temps and clear skies.  The team will spend the remaining time on the mountain training before returning to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to today’s team!

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Very excited for you! Can’t wait to see pics & hear the tales of your epic journey.

Posted by: Jean Plew on 8/18/2016 at 3:54 am

Congrats CousYs. Cannot wait to hear all about it. XX

Posted by: Michelle on 8/18/2016 at 2:57 am


Mt. Rainier: Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons Update

The Expedition Skills Seminar - Emmons led by RMI Guide Geoff Schellens did not have the weather window they hoped for last night and were unable to make a summit attempt.  Geoff reported that there was about 6 inches of fresh snow on the route.  The team will be finishing out their week training on many alpine mountaineering skills before heading back to Rainier Basecamp tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to the Emmons Team!

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Alpamayo: Schellens and Team Back in Huaraz

Sorry we didn’t check in last night, I was unable to get any SAT reception from Base Camp. Yesterday we descended from high camp to base camp where we were welcomed by hot lunch, beers, and warm water for a foot bath. We re-sorted gear and relaxed before an outstanding dinner and then went to bed fat and happy. This morning we woke up to coffee in bed and then eggs and bacon before we finished packing. Just after 9 a.m. we began our hike back to civilization, we quickly descended through many ecosystems over the course of the day with dark clouds nipping at our heals. By early afternoon we had made our down the Santa Cruz valley and out to Cashapompa where we met our van. We are all now back in Huaraz having just finished a huge dinner and a couple pisco soures. We are all happy to have showers and some Wifi, but also already talking about the next trip.

Thanks for following along on our amazing adventure here in the Cordillera Blanca!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens & Team

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