SUCCESS!! After 6 hrs and 50 minutes, Trevor and his guide Alex reached the summit of Mt. Sajama, the fourth and final peak in this leg of Elevating Lives. The team woke up in high camp with no wind -20° then winds came around 3am. As dawn broke, the winds intensified. There was no real way of knowing what the temperature was on the summit., but Alex said at least 50km winds and temps could easily have been -35°. Alex and Trevor summited alone; the others were driven back to
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. 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. Sajama Base Camp is relatively small, with three locations good for medium sized mountaineering tents and a
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
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 Tr
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
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. 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!
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. 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!
Today, the team set up in Condoriri Base Camp and set out for some technical skills review & training on the mountain. Crampons This 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 They also practiced properly installing anchors in the snow. These anchors are used in the event someo
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 peak 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 donat