Group at Grupo del Cien (Group of 100) hut 15,500'
John called in to report that the team had successfully carried 5 gallons of water to the Grupo del Cien hut at 15,500' on the Arista del Sol (Ridge of the Sun) route on Ixta. As the mountain is very dry these days it is often necessary to carry all of the water that you will need for the climb. By doing a carry with the water today the team lightens the loads they will have to carry when they move up tomorrow while getting a valuable acclimatization hike in. It took 3 hours of hiking uphill to make the carry from Altzimoni to Grupo del Cien.
Spot track showing route from the hut (#16) to the Grupo del Cien Hut (#26)
Everyone is doing very well and will spend the night at the Altzimoni hut before moving up tomorrow.