On Thursday, January, 22, Adrian and Gay flew into Mendoza, Argentina, after leaving their successful expedition in Antarctica where they reached the summit of Vinson Massif. They met Gay's daughter Camilla in Mendoza along with Alpenglow assistant guide Reuben Shelton.
Our group expedition on Aconcagua has begun! Everyong was thrilled to fly into Mendoza and enjoyed the food and famed wine. The crew set out on their trek to Base Camp and arrived in BC on Wednesday, January 21. They stayed there for a rest day on Thursday and continued on to Camp 1 today. Chad and Jaime are guiding and have reported that the climbers are feeling well and are in good spirits - and they're really looking forward to the awesome adventure that lies ahead!
During our trips, preparedness is key and we are proactive versus reactive when it comes to safety. Alpenglow has a pristine safety record and a number of factors keep us going strong, including Monica Piris, Alpenglow’s expedition doctor, and having a certified guide with a medical background on all of our trips. Our guides have the right tools and knowledge both before leading a trip and during the expedition, and this is integral to the success of our climbers.
Alpenglow is in Antarctica for the first time! Founder and guide, Adrian Ballinger, is leading a custom expedition on Vinson Massif, the tallest mountain in Antarctica at (16, 050 feet). Adrian and Gay, Alpenglow climber, reached Antarctica on Friday after spending time in Punta Arenas at the tip of South America. After flying to the polar continent on a Russian cargo plain that's outfitted to land on an ice runway, Adrian and Gay settled in to Vinson Base Camp.
Alpenglow has designed a custom trip for Mark and Evan, two climbers whose goal is to summit Illiniza North, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo. Jaime Avila, Alpenglow lead guide has sent us some great updates so far.The crew began their expedition this past weekend with a tour of Quito. They walked to old town from La Casa Sol and climbed the Te towers of the Basilica, stopping to take a picture near it's famous, circular glass window.
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