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Charkini, Parinacota, & Sajama
Madness Sajama 2004 Expedition - Dispatch 2
Hola amigos. This is Mark
Ryman in El Alto, Bolivia. Due to impassable road blockades we were unable to
get out of Copacabana by road, so we had to take an unplanned boat ride for
four hours to rendezvous with our driver at Tiquina strait. He was there
waiting, along with Gaspar Navarrete, and we loaded up the van to push on to
Zongo Pass. The detour on the water put us a few hours behind schedule, but
not too bad. We arrived at the hut at Zongo Pass and were treated to
incredible vies of Huayna Potosi and Tiquimani. Yesterday we had an early
breakfast and did our first climb. The weather and route conditions were
perfect and we all reached the 17,400 ft summit of Cerro Charkini by 12:30.
After a good lunch on the summit block, and some skills review on the nearby
glaciers, we headed back down and enjoyed a great dinner at the hut. Our
jeeps arrived this morning to load up for the long journey to Sajama village.
It sounds like the highways are open with no major obstacles for this leg of
the trip. We are now getting some supplies in El Alto and taking care of
phone calls, etc. before pushing on. Our next objective is Parinacota, one of
los gemelos (the twins). At a little over 6000 meters it will be a good climb
to prepare us for Sajama. Everyone in the group is acclimatizing extremely
well and healthy. That is all for now. I will send another dispatch as soon
as I can access the internet again after the next climb. Ciao. Mark Gunlogson/ Mountain
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