Peru and Ecuador Summits Reached!
Peru dispatch from Alejo and Joshua:
Artesonraju. Jonathan Walters photo
This season begins with two expeditions; one to Yanapaccha and Pisco and the other to Yanapaccha and Artesonraju, one of the most stunning peaks in the range. After a great job with the acclimatization hikes for both teams, MM guide Joshua Jarrin reported that he, Jonathan and Robert reached the top of Yanapaccha several days ago. They had to deal with a heavily-crevassed glacier in the lower part, two pitches on a steep snow ramp, and a sharp final ridge. After five hours on this scenic climb they reached the summit. Two rappels were necessary for the way down. A super fine day! Jonathan, Robert and Joshua went back to Huaraz for the night and are now in the Paron Valley, looking forward to Artesonraju.
Jonathan and Joshua on the summit of Yanapaccha. Jonathan Walters photo
Meanwhile, Nathan and Zach made a summit attempt on Yanapaccha and Alejo reported that they almost reached the summit but it was a bit late, and snow conditions were not the best, so they went down. After their attempt they moved to their next objective — Nevado Pisco.
On Yanapaccha. Jonathan Walters photo
Ecuador dispatch from Ossy:
Ossy called in from the summit of Cotopaxi where he and a mother and son team, Leslee and Roland, reached the summit this morning. At 15, Roland is the youngest person Ossy has guided to the summit- way to go Roland! They made great time and reached the summit in 6 hours and 15 minutes from the hut in perfect weather with not a single cloud in the sky! They are now on their way to Quito and Ossy’s hotel, the Hacienda Rumiloma, where they will enjoy the famous hospitality of the staff and the amazing food — a well-deserved treat. Congrats to them!
Leslee and Roland at the summit of Cotopaxi! Ossy Freire photo