C7 EXPEDITION OBJECTIVE
The Bargo Brothers have an ambitious and audacious dream - to be the first people to climb the highest point in every country of the Americas. The 35 peaks will range from sub-zero multi-week expeditions to jungle treks only recently discovered.
They are climbing the peaks in stages. Their first objective started in winter – January 2016 with the C7 Expedition. The brothers climbed the 7 Central American summits in a world record time of 12 days blowing away any previous attempts.
They don’t want to just climb peaks for their own fame and glory. The C7 Expedition is a way to draw attention and funding to help eradicate malaria from the planet. Many experts say eradication is very possible in our lifetime with current strategies, but has not been properly implemented. If successful this would be the first infectious disease eradicated since small pox and only the second in history. The brothers have spent years perfecting their outdoor and sports resume as well as their knowledge of malaria working, studying, and researching with leading malaria experts throughout Africa.
C7 Expedition Itinerary
C7 Expedition Itinerary
January 17 Arrive to Belize City and take bus to San Ignacio. (3 hrs)
January 18 Start of Belize Climb (Doyle’s Delight elev 3,853 ft – 50 miles). Drive from San Ignacio via 4X4 to Tapir Camp (3hrs) then Tapir Camp to Ceibo Chico Camp via tractor (8hrs)
January 19 Hike from Ceibo Chico to ridge near Fork Camp (12hrs)
January 20 Hike from Fork Camp to Doyle’s Delight summit (7hrs) and head back to Fork Camp
January 21 Hike Fork Camp - Ceibo Chico Camp (10hrs), tractor ride to Tapir Camp (8hrs)
January 22 Drive from Tapir Camp to San Ignacio (3hrs)
January 23 San Ignacio, Belize to Guatemala City. Rent car and pick up at GC airport. Overnight in Guatemala City
January 24 Start of Guatemala Climb (Volcan Tajumulco elev 13,845 ft) Drive from GC head to Tuichan. Exact trailhead start of Volcan Tajumulco is Llana de la Guardia. Plan on 6 hour round trip to Tajumulco summit.
January 25 Start of El Salvador Hike (Cerro El Pital elev 8,957 ft) Drive back to GC take bus from GC to San Salvador. King Comfort bus leaves at 6:30 am or 3 pm. Take bus to La Palma. 1.5 hrs roundtrip to summit. Camp on summit of Cerro El Pital.
January 26 Start of Honduras Climb (Cerro Las Minas elev 9,416 ft) Bus from Cerro El Pital to border at El Poy. Travel to Santa Rosa de Copan (2.5 hrs) and then to Gracias (1.5 hrs). Entrance to Cerro Las Minas is 8 km uphill from Gracias. Plan on 6-7 hrs round trip to summit. Stay in Teguciglapa.
January 27 Start of Nicaragua Climb (Cerro Mogoton elev 6,913 ft) Leave early for Nicaragua Border. Bus leaves Las Manos (border) to Ocotal every ½ hour starting at 5 am. Takes 1 hour. Drive 1 hr to trail head. Plan on 6 hrs roundtrip to summit. Back to Ocotal by 2 pm. Ocotal to Managua bus departs hourly. Takes 3.5 hrs. Overnight in Managua. Take bus to San Jose Costa Rica (10 hrs)
January 28 Start of Costa Rica Climb (Cerro Chirripo elev 12,533 ft – 24 miles) Try to take early bus from Nicaragua to arrive in San Jose by 6 or 7 am. Bus from San Jose to San Isidro takes 3 hrs. San Isidro to San Gerardo de Rivas take a taxi for the 7 mile trip, takes 15 minutes. Plan on 9 hr round trip to summit. Most people take 2 or 3 days for the climb.
January 29 Most likely summit Costa Rica this day then transport to Panama. Bus from San Isidro to David, Panama takes 6 hrs. From David to Boquete bus takes 1 hour. Overnight at Baru.
January 30 Start of Panama Climb (Volcan Baru elev 11,398 ft) Depart early for Baru. Plan on 8 hr roundtrip to summit. Back by 12 pm. Bus from David to Panama City takes 7-8 hrs. Overnight in Panama City.
January 31 Extra day built in case we run into transportation issues along the trip.
February 1 Relaxation and tour of the Panama Canal.
February 2 Fly from Panama City to Washington DC – National Prayer Breakfast