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RMI Guide Steve Gately called from the summit of Mt. Shuksan this afternoon. The team delayed their start this morning due to rain and poor visibility. Once the rain dissipated they left camp in hopes the visibility would improve. Their patience was rewarded and they were able to reach the summit via the Fisher’s Chimney route. The team will return to camp today for a final night on the mountain. Tomorrow they will descend to the trail head and conclude their program.
Congratulations to today’s Mt. Shuksan climbers!
July 15, 2017
It’s an evening for celebration! Our Expedition Skills Seminar - Peru team made it back down safely from Copa Base Camp to the bustling city of Huaraz after a successful climb of Nevada Copa yesterday. Tonight, we’re winding down our program after an incredible two weeks here in the Cordillera Blanca. We’ve done a whole lot of moving through the mountains during that time, learned a ton about what it takes to climb in this great range, and successfully stood on top of three incredible summits.
This afternoon, we bid farewell to Coronel and Pablo, our incredible cook staff, who took excellent care of us over the last two weeks. Tonight, our dinner plates included a wild and wide range of local eats, including the classic Cuy (Guinea Pig), a Peruvian delicacy. With some local cervezas in accompaniment, we shared some stories, enjoyed each other’s company for one more dinner, and reflected on our time here in this wonderful country. Tomorrow, it’s back to sea level, where most of us will say goodbye to friends, new and old, and start the journey home to our families.
Thanks for following along for the last two weeks! Until next time!
Robby, Steve and everyone in Peru and US who helped to make this adventure such an incredible success THANK YOU on behalf of Hilda’s family
Posted by: Martina Kalusova on 7/15/2017 at 8:46 am
July 13, 2017
Greetings, loyal RMI blog fanatics. Your ESS-Peru just returned from the summit of Nevado Copa, which is about 20,300 feet high above sea level. Great climb and we had great weather. Just a little bit of cold wind up there, but nothing at all of our layers couldn’t defend against. We’re all back at high camp now at 12:45 in the afternoon, proud of our accomplishments and enjoying the sunshine here for just a little while before we make the casual escape back down to the lower elevations of our base camp and our cook staff. We will probably get out of here in an hour or so. We’ll touch base tomorrow when we make our return to Urus and conclude this incredible two-week program that we had here in the Cordillera Blanca. Until then, talk to you soon. Bye.
RMI Guide Robby Young calls in post Nevado Copa summit.
Congratulations Jon and the entire climbing team!
Looking forward to hearing about your adventure.
Hugs Mom and the Crabbies
Posted by: faye on 7/14/2017 at 10:21 am
Congratulations to you and the entire team Jason. What an incredible trip!
Posted by: Steve Gehrke on 7/14/2017 at 3:34 am
July 12, 2017
Hola amigos! It is Robby and Steve and your ESS-Peru team. We are here at High Camp on Nevado Copa and about 16,500 feet and just enjoyed the beautiful sunset up here. Just ate some dinner, now we are brushing our teeth, bedding now and getting ready for tonight’s climb, which will come very shortly. We’re waking up in the middle of the night, sometime tonight to attempt to summit Nevado Copa, which is just over 20,000 feet high. We certainly have our work cut out for us, but the team is strong and ready. We’re having a great time here in Peru in the Cordillera Blanca. We will touch base hopefully from the summit of Nevado Copa tomorrow sometime in the late morning. Until then, hasta luego.
RMI Guide Robby Young calls in from Nevado Copa High Camp.
This is Hilda’d Dad wishing the entire team a successful climb.
Posted by: Dennis Buss on 7/12/2017 at 7:02 pm
July 11, 2017
The city life is nice, but it’s back to the mountains for your ESS-Peru champions. We’re back at it again, climbing from 10,500’ to 15,000’ on our approach to Copa Base Camp. The views here at camp are otherworldly. The looming south face of Copa dominates our view up the hill, fluted with spines of snow and ice as the western glacier spills over the summit plateau into space. Our views back down to the valley are just beginning to glow red and pink as the sun begins its descent on our day. We’re going to get a great night of sleep tonight, planning to sleep in to best prepare ourselves for our move to high camp at 16,400’ tomorrow afternoon. We can’t contain our excitement. We’ll keep you informed. Keep following along and send us good vibes for the biggest climbing of our trip.
RMI Guides Robby, Steve, William, and your ESS-Peru team
I am jealous! What an incredible experience! Collectively, we are keeping fingers crossed for the team to reach the ambitious 6,000+ m peak goal! Stay strong! You can do it!
Hilda, the one that “EATS MOUNTAINS FOR BREAKFAST” will be having a big feast tomorrow morning!
Posted by: Martina Kalusova on 7/12/2017 at 7:53 am
Hello from Huaraz!
Your ESS-Peru team is back safely in Huaraz after a week in the Ishinca Valley. Two successful summits, a lot of learning, a dash of weather and adversity, and several spectacular sunrises and sunsets were experienced during the last week in the mountains. We’re happy to be enjoying this bustling beautiful city this evening, eating our favorite traditional Peruvian dishes, enjoying local cervezas, and watching the sun set over this spectacular mountain range. This evening brings us much needed rest and relaxation before our final four-day climb of 6,000+ meter Nevada Copa beginning tomorrow. We’ll hike to base camp in the morning, with our exceptional cook staff in tow, ready to attempt our biggest objective of the trip. We’ll keep you updated, wish us luck!!
RMI Guides Robby Young, Steve Gately, and your ESS-Peru Team
Team, guys and the GIRL, so exciting to follow your progress! You are strong! Have fun, good weather and best of luck! Looking forward to photos from the amazing summit of Copa!
Posted by: Martina Kalusova on 7/11/2017 at 8:36 am
Congratulations on your summit!
Posted by: Sarah Turner on 7/11/2017 at 8:30 am
July 9, 2017
Greetings RMI Blog loyal followers. This is your ESS - Peru team and we are standing on top of Urus Este at an elevation of 17,600 or 17,700 ish disputed. We are in the sunshine. We’re loving life on this really dramatic beautiful arrest of a summit and we are all enjoying the sunshine up here before we start going downhill and the group has something to say. (Cheers) Tomorrow we return to Huaraz and then on to Copa. Until then we will keep you in the loop. Bye.
RMI Guide Robby Young and team call from the summit of Nevado Urus, Peru.
Hey Jason. Sorry Brian couldn’t complete the trip.
I’m sure the pictures don’t do justice to the real views you are experiencing.
Love you and look forward to your safe return.
Mom and Dad.
Posted by: Steve Gehrke on 7/10/2017 at 3:27 am
Hi Jon! How’s the air up there? Your family at sea level misses you, especially Cala, who misses her Uncle Jon so much she cries every day. We wish you and your climbing team the best, stay healthy and safe.
the Crabbies and Mom
Posted by: faye on 7/9/2017 at 9:01 pm
July 7, 2017
Greetings from the Cordillera Blanca!
As climbers, we learn that things are constantly changing here in the mountains. Our bodies, the weather, climbing conditions, among others. For us, our ability to adapt and change plans was our alpine exercise of the day. In lieu of a summit attempt, we took another day to rest, acclimatize, and watch billowing clouds envelop the surrounding mountains this morning. We traded a climbing day for an educational day. We dove into the depths of crevasse rescue systems, and gave our bodies one more day of R&R before our summit attempts. Tonight, we begin our climb of Ishinca. Anticipation and excitement filled our dinner tent, and we’re ready. Stay tuned.
RMI Guide Robby Young and your ESS-Peru Climbing Team
If the guide tent is a rock’n don’t come a knock’n
Posted by: Thom on 7/7/2017 at 10:38 pm
July 6, 2017
We were greeted this morning by another beautiful Peruvian morning! Our agenda today would take us to the toe of the glacier at about 16,000ft to review and learn climbing techniques that we will use on our ascent of Ishinca tomorrow morning. The approach takes about 2-3 hours and follows a track through old glacial moraine, remnants of when the glaciers used to flow deep down these valleys. At the toe of the glacier we all donned our climbing equipment and began the days learning. Our training site gives one massive view of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Many of which are above 6000 meters. The team did fantastic today and we’re all feeling really good about our climb tomorrow. We are all back at camp now where we’ll take a short siesta before dinner and an early night in preparation for tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for following along. Tune in tomorrow for more!
July 5, 2017
Hello from 14,200’!
Life is good here in the Peruvian Andes. Acclimatization and technical training were the name of the game today. After a good night’s rest, a pancake breakfast, and some warm morning sun, we dove right into knots and hitches; the foundation for some of the technical systems we’ll learn later on. Chicken soup and beat+potato salad were a welcomed lunch break before a short hike to the top of the moraine at 15,200’. The views didn’t disappoint. From our perch we could see all the real time glaciation on Tocllaraju, as well as our future route up Urus Este. We’re back in camp awaiting what is surely to be an incredible dinner spread in our dining tent. Life is pure, simple, and beautiful here in Peru, and our entire team is feeling great. We’ll update you tomorrow from the Ishinca Glacier during our on-snow training day. Until then, hasta luego!
RMI Guide Robby Young and team