Bruce reporting from Antisana Base Camp for Team Lost Boys.
This morning found us up for breakfast with eggs and bacon at 7:30 from our excellent cook Manola.
After breakfast we practiced self-arrest from different falling positions and running belays for about 2 hours. Then we worked on assembling our gear for the climb tonight. Due to adverse wind conditions, we did not move to Advanced Base Camp as planned but remained at Base Camp. Following lunch we went over packing techniques for our summit packs. The rest of the afternoon was devoted to rest, self-reflection, and/or prayer as we contemplate what’s before us.
Tonight we will drive to ABC (at 14,870 feet) where we will begin a 4,000 vertical ascent on glacier snow and ice toward the summit of Antisana (at 18,891 feet). It is our fervent hope that she will allow us safe access to her summit, and more importantly a safe return to ABC.
Dinner was at 4pm after which was more rest until breakfast tonight at 9:30pm to depart at 10 for our drive to ABC and the start of our climb.
Thank you to all our friends and family for your support, best wishes, and prayers.
Until tomorrow night, buenos noches (“good night” in Spanish).