Update 5: News from Aconcagua Expedition of Russian
Adventure Team of Alpindustria from Moscow under the
leadership of Alexander Abramov and Ludmila
Korobeshko. Alexander Abramov reports: "4, February.
The day was successful. We left the resort Penitence
and in twenty minutes we were at the entry of
national park Puenta del Inca.
The path to the base camp begins from here. Suddenly a helicopter appeared
from behind the hill and the man came out in a powder-puff and plastic boots
with frostbitten hands. It seems to be that not everything is good at the
mountain. We went up on the good path for three hours. There are steep rocky
walls around us and the huge snow-white wall Aconcagua locks the mountain
gorge. And now we are in the base camp Confluencia 3400m. The name is
translated like Headache. It is the fist camp and it seems to be that from
this place the problems with mountain illness begins. But the second meaning
is likely to be "The junction of two rivers". The rivers here are rough and
dark-brown. The familiar man came to us and began to speak in Russian with us.
It was famous American guide Tom. Every year he came with groups of people to
ascend the Elbrus. Unfortunately the day was cold and windy and they could not
ascend the Aconcagua. In the base camp we were lodged in the big hemisphere
tent its diameter is eight meters. The tents are perfect and the food is
perfect. Our Argentina guys are very friendly. Let's see what will be further.
Update 6: News from Aconcagua Expedition of Russian Adventure Team of
Alpindustria from Moscow under the leadership of Alexander Abramov and Ludmila
Korobeshko. Alexander Abramov reports: "5, February. The weather is perfect.
The half of our team has got sunburn of yesterday trip. Every morning begins
with the toilet key searching because all the camps have their own toilets,
which are locked.
When all the difficulties were behind we went for acclimatization. After
free hours of our journey the majestic view of the steep walls crossed by ice
corridors was in front of us. We found the route that had been made by Tomas
Humar and decided to return next year and change the route. In the evening we
sang the song Katusha for our Argentine guys and taught them to pronounce the
word Vladivostok. We became real friends and they offered us two bottles of
champagne but we refused. Tomorrow the hard passage will be from the base camp
"Confluencia"3400m to the camp "Plaza de Mulas" 4300m. All the members of our
team feel good. Good Bye."
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