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Alpine Ascents' Great Peaks of Peru Expedition:  Team Hermes at the Chopicalqui Moraine Camp

July 21:

Yes hello again, itís Konstantin, from the Alpine Ascents Peru Expedition Team, Team Hermes. We are at the Moraine Camp of Chopicalqui, itís pretty impressive. Iím standing here at an altitude of 5,000m, which is like 16,300 feet, and I can look around and I can see about 10 peaks above 6,000m, or 20,000 feet. We gained more than 3,000 feet vertical elevation today, thatís more than 1000m, thatís impressive, very hard trek up to the moraine camp. Everybody is doing fine, of course we are all very tired, and you know the altitude is being felt. We are drinking a lot, we try to drink a lot and hydrate, we set up our tents and tomorrow we are going to head for the high camp, which is on the glacier, before we attempt to attack the summit the day after tomorrow. Everybody is all right, kisses and hugs to everybody, greetings from 5,000m in Peru, bye bye.


July 19:

Hi its Konstantin from team Hermes, Alpine Ascents Peru expedition. We are back at the base camp of Pisco. We had a great day, everybody summited Pisco, which is 5750m, above sea level, that makes it 18,800 feet approximately. We had great weather, as i said everybody summited, we then had to trek over the tough moraine, to our advanced base camp, pack up and just take another 2 hour tough trek to the main base camp. So we have set up our tents, and we had a snack, we are going to take dinner and go to sleep. And tomorrow we are trekking 900m, vertical meters, thatís 2700 feet down, to Cebollapampa which will be our resting station for the next two days or next day and a half or so.Thanks very much everyone is doing fine, 6 out of 6 all summited Pisco, thanks very much goodbye.


July 16:

Hello again from Peru, this is Konstantin from the Team Hermes. We have just arrived at the advanced base camp for Pisco, 4900m above sea level. Itís a fantastic place, we are surrounded by high peaks, glaciated peaks, the three of the Huascaran Peaks, I can just watch in front of me, I can see Chopicalqui, I can see Huascaran Sur, I can see Pisco, a really fantastic place, everybody made it, weíve set up our tents, and we are just going to have lunch in a couple of minutes, and then we are going to bed pretty early and we will wake up 2am in the morning, tomorrow morning to start the final ascent of Pisco, so thanks very much and by bye.

July 15:

Yes hello again, Alpine Ascents followers, this is Team Hermes as we are called nowadays. This is Konstantin, we are at the basecamp of Pisco Mountain, 16,500 feet, 4500m. We took a 2,500 foot vertical gain, today trekking up to the basecamp, itís pretty late. And for this reason, because our donkeys came very late with our tents, we are going to spend the night in the refuge, because of tired climbers. So tomorrow morning starts our climb through the moraine to the advanced basecamp. Everybodyís OK, everybody is doing great, and we will talk to you from the advanced basecamp tomorrow, thanks very much, bye.

July 13
Yes Good Morning, itís Konstantin from the Alpine Ascents Peru Expedition. When I call here, there is some repeating of yesterdayís cybercast because for some reason the signal was cut. We have been to Ishinca, we have climbed Ishinca, 5 out of 6 of us, summited with a great day, some fantastic views from the summit. We came back to base camp yesterday and slept in the refuge which was a luxury. We just did breakfast and now we are heading to Huaraz for a two day rest before we attempt Pisco. Everything is great, everybody is doing fine and, yeah, stay tuned, thanks very much.

July 11

Hi this is Konstantin from the Alpine Ascents Peru 2012 climbing expedition. We are just preparing to leave the base camp of Ishinca Mountain. we are at about 14,400 feet thatís about 4400 meters, and we are just putting everything in our big backpacks and we are going to gain another 900 feet elevation, so we are sleeping at 15,300 and then tomorrow early in the morning we are going to attempt Ishinca. Everybody is OK, people are acclimatizing quite well, so we are just hoping to have a good day tomorrow when we attempt Ishinca, thank you very much bye bye.

July 10

Hi this is Arnab, part of the Alpine Ascents Expedition to Peru, just reporting to say that weíve reached Ishinca Base Camp. We started out yesterday from Huaraz and drove up to a village called Pashpa, from there we had a relatively easy walk up to Ishinca base camp that took five hours. Today we are spending time acclimatizing at Ishinca base camp, since we gained elevation of almost 1500 meters. Itís a lovely, lovely day, clear skies, we can see the peaks of Urus, and Tocllaraju. We are planning on doing a slight acclimatization hike up a moraine, where we can get some better views. And then we will come down and review some basic skills before we move up to high camp tomorrow.

All in all itís been great so far. A big shout out to Jose and the crew, theyíve been treating us really, really well. All is well, I think everyone here is doing extremely well so far, we are taking it easy and acclimatizing slowly. Hi Mom, Hi Dad, everyoneís fine, Iím fine, things are going great, no problems so far and we are in very good hands. Signing out.

July 9

This is Terry Casey for the Alpine Ascents 2012 Great Peaks of Peru trip. Itís Day 5 here I believe, and we had a great acclimatization hike up to Lake Churup today, about 2.5 hours up or a little less and about an hour and a half down. Great dinner tonight hosted by Jose Luis and tomorrow we are off to base camp for Ishinca. And I think it will be several days before you hear probably from us again. The weatherís been good, everybodyís healthy, looking forward to a great next couple of days.

July 7

Hi everybody this is Konstantin from the Alpine Ascents International Peru Expedition. We are in Lima, weíre at the lobby of the hotel. Everybody has arrived safe, everyoneís gear appears to be here as well which is good. We spent the day touring Lima, we went to the historical center and watched the change of the presidential guard, we went to the gold museum, and toured the city basically, it was fun, the weather is good. We had some nice dinner, you know protein and carbo loading. And people have gone to their rooms now to have a sleep, and tomorrow morning we start out bus tour to the Cordillera for the first time tomorrow, we are very excited about that. This is our first cybercast, we want you to stay tuned, so you can follow along, thanks very much good night.

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