Snow!

Base camp in the snow

Base camp in the snow

8/9 Jun 12. Today saw some members of the group heading back up the mountain to advanced base camp at 5200m to attempt the 6000m peak of Chachacomani. The rest of the group who had already had a go at Chachacomani earlier in the week stayed at base camp with the view of recce-ing some other peaks.

Leaving a snowy high camp

Leaving a snowy high camp

 

This involved a 5 hour hike heading back down the valley and up to the glacier, where they found three stunning and accessible unclimbed peaks! Plans were made to return the next day with a forward base camp and attempt to fly the RAF ensign at the top of the peaks. Base camp was relatively empty in the evening but extensive rounds of cards were still played before an early retreat to bed in anticipation of a hard day’s climbing for all.

Unfortunately 6 inches of snow fell overnight and we all woke to a whiteout. The advanced base camp crew had a walk around on the glacier but returned to base camp to meet up with the rest of the group.

Snowman guarding the mess tent

Snowman guarding the mess tent

Despite such grand plans there was no further climbing as a result of the fresh snow and the increased avalanche risk. Instead the team put their full efforts into building a mammoth snow man to guard the mess tent and even more card games. With only 2 days left before we are due to return to La Paz and the unpredictable weather further plans are uncertain but we will keep you all updated.

Sqn Ldr Simon Moore asking if it's really necessary to go outside yet!

Sqn Ldr Simon Moore asking if it’s really necessary to go outside yet!

The second group should be heading up the hills in the next few days and we look forward to seeing them in passing.

Bonnie Posselt

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