Bolivia Mountaineering School Preparing for Summits
This weekend, the Bolivia Mountaineering School moved from spectacular sightseeing of La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and Isla Del Sol to the beautiful glaciated peaks of the Cordillera Real.
(Photos from Bolivia Mountaineering School trip earlier this season)
Copacabana. Jim Guilford photo
The group enjoyed a local dish of grilled llama to celebrate the marriage of two of the climbers on the trip, Stacie Nicole Lyons and Evan Simmons. Congratulations to the newlyweds and good luck to them as they begin their next journey together with a honeymoon on Bolivia’s mountains! Stacy Nicole would also like to wish a very Happy Belated Birthday to her father Walter from Bolivia!
Saturday found our climbers crossing Lake Titicaca to trek across Isla Del Sol exploring the Inca ruins. They enjoyed a wonderful, classic lunch of sweet potatoes, gigantic fava beans and corn, and some local fish from the lake. The entire day brought them spectacular views of Huayna Potosì and Illimani, the group’s future objectives.
Condoriri Base Camp. Jim Guilford photo
Today Ian called in to report from Condoriri Base Camp. They are continuing to have a wonderful time. Tony Lombardo and Jay Martin climbed Pico de Austria while the rest of the group went to the glacier to work on glacier travel skills. Today they will continue the training and cover crevasse rescue systems. Tomorrow the group will make an attempt of the summits of Tarija and Pequeño Alpamayo. The weather is beautiful, though a bit cold and windy. The cook staff has been keeping them well fed at 15,000 feet and everyone is healthy and happy. More to come!
Pequeño Alpamayo. Jim Guilford photo