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There’s a good path most of the way from base camp to high camp, though the last 100 vertical metres are quite steep and on loose scree.6-18_tents-sajama-high Although it is not technically demanding to climb Sajama its high altitude (High Camp is at 5,620 m; the summit is 6,542m), icy conditions, and a high probability of cold winds make the peak more challenging than it initially appears.6-18_looking-out
6-18_looking-outSajama Base Camp is relatively small, with three locations good for medium sized mountaineering tents and a couple of other locations suitable for small tents. Although it’s in a rocky clearing, the snowline is nearby, so ‘water’ is only a few steps away.

Trevor’s Daily Dispatch:

Hear how the team did today by listening to Trevor’s daily audio dispatch.

Get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

 

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends & support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence by donating at his YWCA Lethbridge & District donation page!

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It was still windy today, but it had died down enough that the team made the 3-hour trek to Sajama Base Camp, arriving around mid-day. Just look at the gorgeous view they enjoyed! Sajama (or Nevado Sajama) is an extinct volcano and the highest peak in Bolivia. It’s located in  Sajama National Park in the southwest part of the country near Chile.
Trevor reports that he has his gout under control and he’s feeling strong and ready to go. Good thing, because they’ll head out for High Camp tomorrow!

 

Here’s a peek at Sajama Base Camp. 6-17_sajama-base-camp

 

 

 

 

 

There was no audio dispatch from Trevor today, but you can get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends & support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence by donating at his YWCA Lethbridge & District donation page!

 

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We’re all following Trevor’s adventures because he’s a “do-er”. We live vicariously through his efforts and feel like we’re making a difference right along with him. Every once in a while, though, someone comes along and “does” right along with him.

As Trevor was leaving for Bolivia for this second leg of his campaign for the YWCA Lethbridge & District, I received a message from Chris Oates at COGO Productions. Chris generously offered to donate his time and skill to bring Trevor’s blogs to life while he’s away. What a difference it makes! Take a look for yourself, and if you’re in the market for video production, please look him up!

Toast to you Chris! Thank you!!

YOU can do something to help too. Please visit Trevor’s donation page and give what you can – every dime helps! And if you can’t or already have, please share these blogs and his Facebook posts with your friends and family and encourage them to support this very worthwhile effort.

Thanks to everyone who’s already given so generously. Let’s surprise Trevor with big fundraising gains when he returns!!

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High winds and a full base camp had the team chilling their heels in Sajama Village for an extra day today! It may turn out to be a blessing in disguise, because it looks like the cold front is moving out and the team will have low winds and sunshine for their summit day – cross your fingers!

For those who don’t know, Trevor fights gout – and it’s been acting up for the past few days, making wearing boots & hours on his feet VERY painful! Two days without climbing appears to have been the ticket here too, because he reports that the swelling is down significantly. Let’s hope & pray for a happy AND HEALTHY summit day on Sajama. I’d say he’s earned it, no?!

Sounds like the team made the most of their unexpected rest day, including some natural hot springs!

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Hear all about today by listening to Trevor’s daily audio dispatch.

Get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

 

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends & support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence by donating at his YWCA Lethbridge & District donation page!

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Today, the team made a 300Km trip to Sajama Village at the foot of Mt. Sajama, the fourth and final peak of this adventure. They spent the day seeing some sights and preparing for the 3-4 days they’ll be on the mountain.

0001Trevor’s Daily Dispatch:

Hear all about today by listening to Trevor’s daily audio dispatch.

Get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

 

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends & support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence by donating at his YWCA Lethbridge & District donation page!

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Today, the team returned to La Paz and just took some time to chill in preparation for the big one! They leave for Sajama tomorrow! While they relax and recoup with a massage, the Berg Adventures team generously shared some amazing photos.

See more photos and get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends & support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence by donating at his YWCA Lethbridge & District donation page!

 

 

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Today, the team set up in Condoriri Base Camp and set out for some technical skills review & training on the mountain.

Crampons

06-11_Crampon   06-11_crevasse-crossingThis included the proper & safe use of crampons, which are most familiar in ice climbing, but are also used to safely traverse snow and ice on the mountain. You can see why they’d be helpful to the team as they practiced crevasse crossing –>

 

Anchors

06-11_AnchorsThey also practiced properly installing anchors in the snow. These anchors are used in the event someone is unsuccessful at the crevasse cross (see above) and slips into said crevasse. They’re also used for rappelling and to safely hold one or more people from sliding down the mountain in an emergency. Apparently almost anything can be used as an anchor, but the team likely took a conservative approach. Learn more about anchors – how they’re built into the snow and how they’re used – in this great blog by Backcountry.

 

Self-Arrest

06-11_self-arrestSelf-arrest, literally stopping yourself, is handy if you slip and start to slide down the mountain. Not fun…trust me… The climbers are able to stop themselves safely and regain their footing – hopefully before they pull everyone else on the rope down with them! To practice, you just throw yourself down the mountain, then try to stop. Take a look at this great self-arrest video if you’d like to see more!

 

Trevor’s Daily Dispatch:

The audio cuts out part-way through, but you can hear a bit about today by listening to Trevor’s daily audio dispatch.

Get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends &  support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence!

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Trevor flew out of Calgary International on Friday, June 5th, beginning his nearly 32-hour trip to La Paz, Bolivia. This is the second leg of his effort to climb 6 peaks in 16 months to raise money and awareness for YWCA Lethbridge & District through his Elevating Lives, one step at a time campaign to end family violence. You can learn more about Trevor’s reasons for pledging his efforts to YWCA Harbour House & see his video on the YWCA fundraising page. Oh! And you can donate there too; after all, that IS the point of this :)

For those of you who don’t know, the YWCA has been an amazing sponsor of Trevor’s effort. All three of their personal trainers have donated their time to train him for this adventure for free! 1 hour a day, 5 days a week, Trevor trains at the YWCA gym. If you’re looking for a friendly place to work out or a skilled trainer who’s not too scary, check it out. Fun fact: both men and women are welcome!

Team_06-0906-09_LaPaz5By Sunday, the entire group of four climbers, 2 guides, and various other personnel had arrived in La Paz, and the team spent a few days there to acclimate to the altitude.

For those who don’t know, La Paz, Bolivia sits at about 11, 975′ (3650 m) above sea level – for contrast, Lethbridge is about 3,047′ (929 m) above sea level. The city started in a bowl in the Andes and has built far up the mountain.

The team was dealing with altitude before taking a step, and the guides are careful to allow plenty of time for everyone to adjust before taking to the trails. There was plenty to do and see while they waited – here’s a sneaky-peek at some of Trevor’s photos. You’ll have to attend his second Elevating Lives talk at CASA on July 9th to get the full meal deal!


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Trevor’s go-to guiding company, Berg Adventures, have once again generously given him access to their satellite phone, so he’ll be leaving daily dispatch reports. We were lucky to receive audio recordings with the Argentina climb; this time, I’m not sure – for now, we have a transcript. I’ll leave the rest of this blog post to him:

Trevor’s Daily Dispatch:

0001“Hi this is Trevor Stuart calling from Condoriri Base Camp at 4,690m. We have just arrived and just set up our tents. I can see that dinner is being prepared. The sun is almost going down. We are doing absolutely awesome. It was a 2-hour hike-in. We are geared up tomorrow to begin Cerro Austria, we will summit that peak tomorrow and return to Base Camp to do another peak the next day.

Stay tuned everyone. I love everybody and I hope the fundraiser is going great for the YWCA Lethbridge district, Harbour House. I want to raise lots of awareness and also want to stop family violence. So now is the time and thank you all for following the story and I look forward to calling back in tomorrow. Goodbye!”

Get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends &  support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence!

Goal: Mt. Aconcagua

February 6th:  When Trevor was on his way to Base Camp, he said one of the local people told him that only about 30% of the climbers who travel to Argentina to climb Aconcagua actually reach the summit. Today, 8 of the Dirty Dozen did just that – WAY better than average, thanks to a great guiding company. A big shout out to Berg Adventures International for keeping Trevor and the team safe!

The group awoke at 2:30 AM local time to assess the situation and decided today was, indeed, summit day. I’ll leave it to Berg’s dispatches to describe the play-by-play. The first group (Trevor’s group) reached the summit just under 10 hours after leaving High Camp, with the other group close behind. The entire team was back at High Camp 15 hours later and one full day ahead of schedule – what an unbelievable feat for these folks!

Congratulations Trevor & team. And a BIG thank you to all of the guides & support folks who got them up safely. Can’t WAIT for Trevor to get home with all of his pictures & stories. Stay tuned…there’s gonna be a BIG party!!

Listen to Trevor’s first-hand account in his daily audio dispatch.

Get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends &  support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence!

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Camp at Nido de Condor

February 4th:  The Dirty Dozen spent the day at Nido de Condor (Camp 2), acclimatizing and resting in preparation for tomorrows move to Berlin Camp (High Camp) – the camp from which they’ll attempt the summit. They’re now seeing the winds this mountain is famous for – it blows all night, disrupting their sleep, and challenges them during the day, as they try to climb.

Some of the team took a day hike to Nikki’s Rock while the others just rested and let their bodies deal with the high winds, extra altitude, and thinner air. Trev, of course, took the hike!

Taking an acclimatization hike Nikki's Rock
Heading back to Nido de Condor Team on the move!

 

01-24-2015-trevor2“I certainly bounced back, I am in really good shape and I hope this continues. Everything is going really, really, good; the sun is setting, absolutely pristine landscape, looking over top all the other mountain peaks is just phenomenal… I want to wish everyone all my love and hope everyone is doing great at home and the fundraising is going really good I hope for the YMCA / Lethbridge district. Until I know more, ciao for now!”

 

The team will make their summit bid on the 6th. That means they’ll move up to Berlin Camp, also High Camp, on the 5th. I know we all wish them luck!

Listen to Trevor’s first-hand account in his daily audio dispatch.

Get the news & latest dispatches on bergadventures.com.

Oh, and please share this with all of your friends &  support Trevor’s efforts to raise $250,000 to help end family violence!

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