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  Russian Aconcagua 2004


 Aconcagua from a Russian set of eyes..
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. Good Bye."

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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