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Mountaineering with a Purpose

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Cordillera Blanca 2011 Environmental Expedition (CBEE 2011)

Photo Courtesy Frank Nederhand

June 26, 2011 through the week of July 24, 2011.
In June and July 2011, the Deep South Section of The American Alpine Club is spearheading an environmental mountaineering expedition to Peru’s highest mountain range. The Cordillera Blanca contains the highest concentration of mountains higher than 6,000 meters (19,685 ft.) in the Western Hemisphere, as well as the highest mountains in the Tropics.

Section mountaineers and other AAC mountaineering scientists will be spending 2-4 weeks in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, where the group will team with local climbers. The team will collect valuable environmental samples from elevations too high and remote for most scientists to be able to visit. The data collected by members will assist local land managers and scientists to determine the environmental impacts of local and global air pollution and global climate-change impacts on the Andes Mountains.

Download the attached .PDF above to apply for the expedition, or keep reading for more details. Donations to the project (or to submit your application fee by credit card) can be made by selecting the “Cordillera Blanca Expedition 2011″ option in the “Allocate my donation too:” box on the AAC’s Donate page. Please direct questions about applications to:

Frank A. Nederhand
CBEE2011 Expedition Co-leader

Read more or download an application.

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