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Mountain Leader Summer Training 1 place LeftThere is one place available on APM's Summer Mountain Leader Training course frm 19th to 24th August 2012.The course will be run from Helvellyn Youth Hostel Glenridding in the Lake District. Cost £440 fully residential.If you are interested in this course please contact Adele on 07968983246 or e mail.
Posted on 26 Jul 2012 by adele
Firhill Top out 21st July
Leaving La Paz on the 14th July the Firhill team one did not really know what was in stall for them as we they were dropped off in the middle of the Cordillera Real. The bus drove away and there was no sign of the donkey’s that had been arranged to carry all the equipment on the two day trek to base camp. To alleviate the temporary problem Cook Ruby produced an amazing lunch from his rucksack as Pedro our guide kept a watch for our donkeys. Spotted on the horizon, donkeys and drivers were soon joining us to clear up the left overs and load our bags. At midday the team started walking across the “Transcordillera Trekking route towards the Condoriri range of mountains. Despite having been at altitude for three weeks it was hard work as we took in two passes reaching 4900m before dropping to 4700m to camp at Lago Juri Khota. The views of the mountains were fantastic and as the sun set we tucked into steak and pasta followed by custard cooked by now named“ Cooky Ruby”.
Waking early the next morning our route took us up the valley and through some glaciated slabs until we reached a short rock step that required the use of a rope and provided some entertainment.
Just trekking !!
The word Trekking had taken on a new meaning now very hungry we eventually reached the col with Pt Austria to our right. Ham and cheese sandwiches were produced by cooky Ruby and these instantly refuelled us. There was then only one option and that was to divert and take in Peak Austria at 5328m. Celebrating our success we flew the Scottish Flag and ran down the scree back to the col to see our final destination of base camp. After a long walk down we were instantly served hot drinks and biscuits before the sun set and the temperature dropped considerably as we camped down for our second night.
Team top out on Pt Austria 5220m
Now on our third day we waited until the sun warmed the tents before we ventured out for scrambled eggs and to wait for our other guides and equipment to arrive for some glacier training. Three guides Cecilio, Hose and Andres joined Pedro and eventually donkeys bearing, ice axes crampons helmets, harness and boots arrived. Soon we were off up to the glacier to practice some techniques.
The following morning it was a 3am wake up and apple porridge for breakfast before setting out for the Firhill Summit day. After an hour we reached the glacier for a head torch to break in the cold and to struggle into crampons and harnesses. Soon though, the rope teams set off. Unfortunately a couple of members had to turn around but the rest continued with determination as the bitter cold dawn froze our hands and feet. Reaching the col just 75m from the top the sun shone and warmed us before we negotiated the tricky arête onto the summit.
Topping out on Tajahira 5330m
Jack, Blair and Frazer at the top.
Fantastic effort from all the Firhill students and of course Mr G..
The next morning it was time to try again for Rory who reached the col in fine style where the cold and wobbly legs forced return again.
Now at Lake Titicarka we have had some rest and a visit to the Isle de Sol and a final celebratory dinner where Ted showed off his new Bolivian Jumper. Today we start our journey home after an amazing expedition. Thank you Mr G and the students of Firhill.
Ted celebrating his success in his new Bolivian jumper.Adele will be back in the UK on Monday and lets hope the weather has improved for some summer Rock and forthcoming Mountain Leader Course ( 1place left)
Posted on 21 Jul 2012 by adele
Never Miss a chance! Bolivia July 13th
Never having visited the southern tip of Bolivia It was very exciting getting the overnight bus from La Paz to Uyuni a 12 hour bus ride, most of which is on mud roads. Arriving in Uyuni we met our tour guides and cook and boarded our 4 x 4’s for an amazing journey. Following a visit to the train cemetery we moved onto the salt flats which resembled the scenery of Antartica, but everything was made of SALT, even the hostel we stayed in Overnight.
The following day we drove across the plateau at 4800m to visit some rock formations and rock tree, followed by pink flamingos and a red algae lake. Driving on we stayed at a less luxiourious hostel but considering its location offered suitable accommodation and our cooked prepared a fantastic meal.
Up at 5am we left the hostel and headed south to visit some Geysers, the steam did not make the air feel warmer and we continued our trip to Laguna Verde , with the borders of Chile and Argentina close by. Still freezing we drove back to the hot springs and there was no hesitation about jumping in to the water at a very pleasant thirty two degrees centigrade.
Finally we had to leave and made our way back North past the amazing (well to Adele) valley of the Rocks; where we climbed the boulders and Adele was in her element.
Adele Bouldering! at the Valley of Rocks Bolivia
Photo taken by Jack Andrew
Fihill Team one on the Salt Flats
Adele woud like to take this opportunity to offer condolances to the families of the victims of the Mt Maudit Avalanche. Far away in Bolivia the news of the death of Roger Payne one of Britons finest Mountaineers shocked Adele as she shares life experiences with young people. The mountains offer tremendous rewards to those who venture on them, but they can be cruel and dangerous.
Posted on 13 Jul 2012 by adele
Making a difference 9th July Israel enjoying his finger painting
For the past three days the students have been involved with the Espacio project which provides creative education for the local children. Days one and two were spent in El Alto where the deprivation is obvious as soon as you emerge from the depths of La Paz.
Living Quartes on El Alto Bolivia
From a small centre the students played with the local street kids who were more than eager to participate. Finger painting, bracelet making and football were most popular and at one stage there were over 60 kids playing with our team of students.
On our final day the project was held in La Paz along with many other stalls providing Sunday entertainment for the people of La Paz. There was a noticeable difference of the cliental of adults and children who embarked on the activities, none the less a worthwhile morning.
Tomorrow the team are taking the overnight bus to Uyuni where we will start our sightseeing tour of the salt flats before going to the Cordillera Real to trek and climb Tarija.
Football El Alto 4000m
Posted on 09 Jul 2012 by adele
El Chorro Trek Bolivia Firhill Team 1 6th July
On the 1st July the team woke
early for yet another serving of eggy bread before departing La Paz for the
four day trek. Arriving at La Cumbre at
an altitude of 4860m the team enjoyed the literally “breath taking” views of
the first stage of the trek. Having decided a down hill trek would be ideal the
team set off to meet some Llamas and some not so friendly locals. Descending
quickly meant anyone suffering from AMS soon recovered. The team navigating
soon found out that Bolivian maps were not so easy to read as our OS maps , but
still did an excellent job of getting the team to their first nights camp
albeit later than expected. Risotto was served for tea and cake with candles
for pudding especially for Rory’s Birthday.
Group starting Trek
morning the breakfast team prepared perfect porridge and cornflakes , ( thank
goodness no eggy bread) and a new leadership team took over for the days walk.
Descending further the trek took us through an array of vegetation following
the river to Choro, where we crossed an amazing suspension bridge. At last this
was followed by a steep uphill section and balanced out the leg muscles that
were now beginning to complain.
With a false top
we eventually reached Buene Vista a beautiful campsite with stunning views.
Tonight it was teacher Andy and Leader Adele’s turn to cook. Caramalised onions
, mash and sausages seemed to satisfy the ravenous team as well as the kittens
and chickens that roamed the campsite. Craig’s fire building skills set the
scene for a perfect camp.
Andy and Adele cooking tea
Departing from Buene Vista
Now day three of
the trek our leg , feet and shoulders bearing the weight of very heavy packs
were now acclimatised and as we passed the gold mines we descended to a river which provided an
excellent bathing spot to get our first wash. Continuing on we thought our 9km
would be easy, but how wrong could we have been, up down , up and down we
trekked cursing the itinerary. Eventually we reached the Japanaese garden and
promptly camped on the wrong side of the track. The cooking team went into
action with Galman as head chef with his team of merry choppers , soup followed
by, sweet and sour veg with noodles and desert prepared by Fiona was voted best meal of the trek.
Merry choppers at work
Now on our last
day of the trek we failed to believe the description of 2 to 3 hours of easy
walking and were only very pleasantly surprised that it was TRUE. Soon we were
at Chairo and happily eating lunch and arranging transport to Coroicco where we
enjoyed a soft bed, hot shower and swim before a final meal.
Today we returned
to La Paz and sorted out all the equipment and prepared for the next phase of
the expedition where we will be involved with educating some Bolivian street
Luxery at Hostel Kory
Posted on 06 Jul 2012 by adele
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