6 February, 2009 : Team in basecamp. Moving up to camp 1.
Hi, this is the SummitClimb February Aconcagua team calling
in with a dispatch for the 6th.
We wanted to tell everyone that we reached basecamp on the
5th. Everyone is feeling good and healthy. Today we took a rest day here at
Tomorrow on Saturday the 7th we plan on doing our first
carry to camp 1. We’ll climb up to that location, drop equipment and then come
back down to basecamp. On the following day, Sunday, we plan to take another
rest day in preparation for going to the upper mountain next week.
It’s supposed to be a little bit windy Saturday and Sunday,
which works well with our plan. We can supply our camps during the windy
spells and come down here to rest in basecamp while the wind blows itself out.
We’ll be going up next week to do some more work on the mountain.
We’ll give you a call back and update you soon. Thanks for
following along our expedition. Bye, bye.
Plaza Argentina, our basecamp for both routes,
is located at 4200 meters/13,800 feet (Otto Sluiter).
Hola from Mendoza,
The February SummitClimb Aconcagua Expedition is underway
with all the teams arrival in Argentina. Tonight we are having a team meeting
and welcome asado or barbeque in the hotel. The weather has been extremely
nice so far in Mendoza with very warm and mild weather. We will be gaining our
permits tomorrow morning and then taking our private transport to our hotel in
Pentitentes tomorrow at 2 pm. There we will relax, repack a few things and
then enjoy some nice pizza and beds for the last night for a couple weeks. Our
plan is to start hiking on the morning of the 3rd approximately 4 hours to the
Pampa de las Lenas campsite. We will update you upon reaching basecamp on the
5th and let everyone know how the team is doing.
- Ms. Janine Ardohain-USA
- Artur Olender-Poland
- Gerald Silliman-USA
- John Hansen-USA
- Ed Culbertson-USA
- Steve West-USA
- Ryan Waters-Leader-USA
- Dave Elmore-Leader-USA
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