Jubilee Celebrations

5 June 12.  A thoroughly exciting day today – celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee with summit day! The communal dining tent is decorated with bunting ready for the evening meal now that we are all back together in base camp.

Half of the team tackled Chachacomani today – with an early start at 2am there were a few cold fingers and toes. The full moon negated any need for head torches, and the glacier sparkled in the moonlight. After a gruelling trek to the peak over the glacier, six team members summitted with two Bolivian guides.

Approaching the summit of Pata Patani via the previously unclimbed North ridge

Approaching the summit of Pata Patani via the previously unclimbed North ridge

The other half of the group had their sights set on Pata Patani, at a height of 5,450 metres. We set off at 6am and enjoyed watching the sun rise over the mountains, bringing with it warmth back into our hands. It was a long scramble over the ridge edge, undulating and gaining height towards the cairn denoting the summit.

An elated team on the summit of Pata Patani at 5500m

An elated team on the summit of Pata Patani at 5500m

A few patches of snow were no match for our determination to reach the peak. Ten team members and a Bolivian guide achieved the summit before taking a steep llama track back down to base camp to complete our 8.5 hour day.

The sun is shining here in base camp as I write, and the general consensus is that we have all definitely earned our rest day tomorrow!

Thanks to Prometheus Medical who’s generous support with equipment is enabling us to update the blog from base camp.

Jo Laird

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