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Follow our Alpamayo 2014 Expedition team as they ascend one of the world's most beautiful mountains. The expedition runs for 19 days from July 7 to 25.

2014 Team
Lead Guide - Victor Saunders, IFMGA Climbing & Ski Guide
Local Guides - Wilder Alvarado and Joshep Mendoza, UIAGM Climbing Guides
Climbers - Robert Cuppitt, Joe Slade, Nolan Slade and Iza Smolokowska.

We will post progress reports on this page, as well as the AC Facebook page, when we hear from the team with news.

You can also check the team's position on the Alpamayo Expedition TrekTraka page.

   

 A breathtaking view from the tent on Alpamayo  © Dean Staples

Alpamayo
© Dean Staples

A breathtaking view from the tent on Alpamayo

07 September 2012
Alpamayo (5,917m / 19,411ft), Cordillera Blanca Range, Peru

29 July - Huascaran team turned around due to weather

We just had a call in from Victor and unfortunately the weather has moved in, preventing a summit of Huascaran.  Iza is headed home and Rob will spend some time climbing with Victor before making his way home.

26 July - Moraine Camp on Huascaran

After saying goodbye to Joe and Nolan in Huaraz, Victor, Iza and Rob are now tackling Huascaran.  All is well at Moraine Camp at 4700m and the team is in good form.  Camp 1 tomorrow!

 

21 July - Team safely back to Base Camp

We received a call from Victor this morning letting us know the team are all now safely back to Base Camp.  They will rest up tomorrow (Tuesday) and return to Huaraz Wednesday.

 © Victor Saunders    © Victor Saunders    © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo Base Camp - Cesar
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
22 July 2014
     © Victor Saunders

20 July - Summits all round!

The whole team summitted Alpamayo this morning and were all back at High Camp in good time.  It was quite a busy day on the mountain and most of the day was in cloud and spindrift - a real mountaineers mountain!  Photos to follow once the team are back in Huaraz.  A huge congratulations to all!

 © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo High Camp with summit in background
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
21 July 2014
   © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo on ascent
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
21 July 2014
   © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo summit day
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
21 July 2014

 

19 July - Ready for the Summit Bid

The Alpamayo team are at High Camp and will go for the summit tomorrow if the weather remains good.  Good luck team!

   © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo 2014
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
20 July 2014
   © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo High Camp
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
21 July 2014
         

18 July - Base Camp to Moraine Camp

Some more shots...ascent from Base Camp to Moraine Camp

   © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo ascent to Moraine Camp
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
18 July 2014
   © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo Moraine Camp
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
         

17 July - Ascent to Base Camp

Here are some photos of the team making their way up the mountain to Base Camp

 © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo Donkeys
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
17 July 2014
     
 © Victor Saunders
Group photo Alpamayo
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
17 July 2014
 © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo Base Camp 2
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
18 July 2014
 © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo Base Camp
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
17 July 2014
     

16 July - En Route to Alpamayo

After enjoying a rest day in Huaraz the team are now en route to their main objective, Alpamayo.  Everyone commented what a beautiful day's trekking it was in great weather and are now at their campsite at Llamacorral.  Unfortunately their tracking device was accidentally left behind at the hotel but updates will be posted here as we have them.
 

 © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo Cashapampa
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
16 July 2014
   © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo Cow
© Victor Saunders
29 July 2014
16 July 2014

14 July 2014 - Summit day on Vallunaraju

Successful summits for all on a perfect blue sky day. The team topped out at 6.30am and were back in Huaraz for afternoon ceviche and cervesa - perfect!
 

 © Andrew Wexler
Alpamayo - Mt Vallunaraju
© Andrew Wexler
07 July 2014

11 July 2014 - Skills refresher at Llaca

Rock climbing is the abc of mountaineering. The skills involved help to turn the impossible into an interesting stroll. So, today was a day for refreshing the skills at Llaca, 4,300m. It was another beautiful day, lovely scenery and to cap it all  we returned to Huaraz to bump into the Adventure Consultants  agent for Aconcagua; Fernando Grajales. Such a small world.  “What are you doing here?” we asked each other as if it wasn’t obvious.

 

Tomorrow the team heads off for a three day acclimatising climb, Vallunaraju, a fine snow mountain that overlooks Huaraz. It should be fun.

 
Alpamayo team
14 July 2014
 
Rappel practice
14 July 2014
 
Laguna Llaca
14 July 2014
 
         

10 July 2014 - Team acclimatise at Laguna Churup

More acclimatising today; to Laguna Churup 4400m.

At the far end of the lake is Cerro Churup which only 20 years ago was glaciated down to near the lake (the old terminal moraine can be seen at the far side of the Laguna).  The scenery and weather were near perfect. We are slowly coming to terms with the beauty of the this little range of mountains.  Back to Huaraz for tea. Paradise.

 
Rob & Iza enjoying Laguna Churup
14 July 2014
     

9 July 2014 - Team arrive in Huaraz and climb Cerro Chunta Huanca

The 2014 AC Alpamayo team arrived in Huaraz late last night, to be met by Nick Cradock, old friend and fellow AC guide…a good start!

Today was acclimatising day number 1 and a chance to acquaint ourselves with each other. Accompanied by local guide Heimer, the team climbed a small hill (4111m) above Huaraz, topped by two large standing stones.

 

Rob (Australia) spent hours explaining the rules of cricket to Joe (Canada), while Heimer listened in, with a look that was difficult to describe, perhaps amused incomprehension would get closest. Oddly, Joe also had the same expression.

 

From the summit of Cerro Chunta Huanca we had our first views of the Corderilla Blanca, a magnificent chain, lightly glaciated, stretching across the Eastern horizon.  There is so much to look forward to.

   © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo 2014 1 Cerro Chunta Huanca
© Victor Saunders
11 July 2014
 
 © Victor Saunders
Alpamayo 2014 3 Cerro Chunta Huanca
© Victor Saunders
11 July 2014