The team reached the summit of Ojos del Salado this morning, the highest volcano in the world (#1 in the Volcanic Seven Summits), the second-highest mountain in South America (#2 in the Second Seven Summits), and Chile’s country high point (6893m/22,614ft)! Congratulations team! Great work.
Here’s expedition leader, Garrett Madison with the happy news direct from the summit via satellite phone:
Hello! This is Garrett Madison calling in for the Ojos del Salado expedition team. Today’s December 16th and we have summitted Ojos del Salado, about 22,600 ft. and change or, I think, 6,893 meters.
Team members that made it up here today would be Jenn, Ted, Ryan, Jean Marie – our local guide, myself, and Chase! We had a great climb, nice weather – it was cold starting out and cold during most of the day, but sunny, not many clouds, not much wind. Could ask for a better day up here. Great views all around.
We’re up here at the top of the mountain and Chase and I are the last ones up here, about to head down – back towards Acacama Camp [base camp] where we are going to sleep tonight.
It was a beautiful climb. Glad that we came here to Chile. A wonderful experience all around. We’re looking forward to checking-in soon. Thanks!
In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow our teams as they make their attempts on the world’s most formidable mountains on:
– Amazon Alexa devices with the Madison Mountaineering Flash Briefing skill:
- Enable the skill and add to your flash briefing to hear Garrett Madison’s daily audio expedition updates on select expeditions
– our Garmin inReach Mini powered real-time tracking map: