Last Update: 06/30/08
At 21,000 feet, Illimani (from Aimara, meaning "Golden Eagle") is the highest peak in the Cordillera Real which is part of the Cordillera Oriental, a subrange of the Andes of western Bolivia. It lies just south of La Paz at the eastern edge of the Altiplano. It is the second highest peak in Bolivia. Illimani is distinctly visible from the city of La Paz and is its major landmark. From May 31st to June 3rd 2008, Terry Mataya and Mark Davis made the ascent.
In August 2003, some old members of The Way Too High Alpine Society got together for a reunion climb. Brad Canady, Glenn Cirlincionne, Pat Ellis, Chuck Gullick, Bruce Kolpack, Terry Mataya, Rod Sly, and Wayne Waldroup all made it to the top of Mt. Olympus.
In January 2001, Pat Ellis, Bruce Kolpack, and Terry Mataya took a trip to Ecuador with the goal of climbing Cyambe (18,982), Cotopaxi (19,347), and Chimborazo (20,700). We got skunked.
The Grand Mogul
In August, 1999, Bruce Kolpack and Terry Mataya climbed this prominent peak in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho.
In January 1999, Terry Mataya, Mitch Hungate, and Bruce Kolpack attempted the South Face route on Mt. Kenya in Kenya, East Africa. We didn't summit Mt. Kenya, but Mitch and Bruce ran up Kilimanjaro before returning home.
In July 1998, Bruce Kolpack, Rodney Sly, Brad Canady, Doug Jones, and Drew and Kathy Cartes climbed the Easton Glacier Route on Mt. Baker.
In June 1998, Terry Mataya, Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack, Chip Carpp, and Ed Mataya set out for the Sierra Nevada Range in California to climb the East Face of Mount Whitney (14,496'). We didn't get the East Face, but we got to the summit!
This prominent Alpine Lakes Wilderness peak was climbed in April 1998 via the standard South Ridge route. Kaleetan, the Indian name for "arrow", has a steep triangular summit of 6259 feet.
This North Cascades rock climb was completed in August 1997 by Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack, Terry Mataya, and Mark Swanson.
This simple Alpine Lakes region day climb was completed in June 1997 by Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack, and Terry Mataya.
The Annual Meeting of the Way Too High Alpine Society was held on Memorial Day weekend. Music was provided by The Way Too High Alpine Band. As usual, a good time was had by all.
The March 1997 rendition of this annual event had a small turnout of hardy souls (or idiots, perhaps?), Brad Canady, Paul Dunn, and Bruce Kolpack.
Mont Blanc, at 15,774 feet, is the highest peak in The Alps. Way Too High climbers Bruce Kolpack and Philippe Guilhemotonia did a four day traverse of the mountain September 15-18, 1996.
Mt. Assiniboine is located in Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park on the eastern edge of British Columbia, not far from Banff, Alberta. At 11,870 feet, it is the 6th highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the most spectacular. In August 1996, Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack. Terry Mataya, and Mark Swanson climbed the North Ridge to the summit.
In July 1996, the North Ridge was ascended
by Chuck Carpp, Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack, Terry
Mataya, and Brian.
In June 1996, an unsuccessful
attempt was made on Sloan Peak.
In June 1996, The Way Too High
Alpine Society mounted an assault on Mt. Phelps, 5535 feet. Mt.
Phelps is one of the most prominent Cascade peaks that can be
seen from Seattle.
In 1996, the annual Mt. Persis bivvy was
highlighted by a visit by Comet Hyakutake.
In September 1994, Bruce Kolpack and Dave Spenser
climbed this North Cascades 9000 footer.
Note: Climbs from 1982 - 1994 are not documented at this time. These include Island Peak (Nepal), Aconcagua (Argentina), East Ridge of Forbidden, Shuksan, Goode, Constance, Washington / Eleanor, Sahale / Bucker, Big Four, Stuart, Fernow, Bonanza, Maude, Rainier, Hood, and others.