QUEST FOR PAITITI FIELD JOURNAL :::
ENTRY FIVE (June 10, 2004) "EMBARKING"
call came from HelSur this morning while the team was taking
breakfast and before they knew it, the sound of the helicopter
buzzing Cusco was heard overhead. With a rush, all moved to
gather their belongings. Cinematographer, Erin Harvey grabbed
his digital camera to grab some footage of this large bird
overhead- the same one that would take them deep into the
Painticolla region within the hour. Paulino hurried to gather
last minute food supplies, and Evie, a local, made arrangements
with the police to escort the team through the city, since
the Festival of Corpus Christi was still underway.
bid farewell to Monica Dermenjian whose assistance with negotiations
with HelSur were priceless. Pleased to make it effortlessly
through the airport, they found an old friend waiting for
them on the tarmac- their copilot from the 1999 expedition,
Carlos Reategui, was to be their pilot on this expedition.
The team flew over the Incan ruins of Tambocancha and the
Lago de Negro. Hoping to stop to document the sites, conditions
were too cloudy and high winds would make landing the helicopter
in this area too dangerous. On to north of the Lago de Angel,
an unmapped area until the last expedition (1999), and the
beginnings of this one.
was precarious as they swiftly unloaded equipment, watching
the wheel of the helicopter begin to sink in the soft terrain.
The wind was thunderous and compounded by the whirling propellors
overhead. Greg reported a sense of calm and serenity once
the helicopter left. All became so peaceful and calm.
Roberto, Goyo and Erin negotiated a difficult climb to scope
out a base camp. The team settled south/southeast of Lago
de Angel where they will begin their exploration and documentation
of ruins and a cave with triangular monoliths to which the
team wants to return.
in the 30's this evening, they report and all are donning
EMS fleece wear and are unaffected by the temperature. Paulino
and Goyo prepare a soup for dinner. The horses should arrive
in a few days to carry them further and deeper in the jungle.
~ Greg Deyermenjian