Second dispatch from Aconcagua came through very patchy:
Hi everyone, this is Rob, Brianna and myself.
Two days into the trek and tomorrow we'll get to Base Camp,
Plaza Argentina at 4,100m (...)
Just letting everybody know we're doing fine and there are
no worries from South America. The weather comes and goes, it's cold (...) we
did get a bunch of snow from the storm 4 days ago, the snow is melting off,
but there's still a lot up there (...)
Happy New Year to all New Zealand and everybody around the
world. Have a great 2011.
Third dispatch from Aconcagua:
Hello everyone interested in our progress on Aconcagua.
It's January in 2011 we're making progress, we made it up to
Base Camp, Plaza Argentina and then had a good night's sleep.
We pushed a carry with equipment and food up to Camp I
yesterday and back down. We were going to take off today for Camp I but the
wind picked up so badly that it pinned us down plus Rob and me were a little
bit hurting, so we're working that. But everybody is in good spirits and
working with each day as it comes.
(...) the winds have really hit since this morning about 8
o'clock and it's been ferocious with up to 140-150 km/h winds... tents are
being blown, poles are being broken, so it's quite challenging for a lot of
So we'll see what happens tomorrow, going up to Camp I and
then from there it's 4-5 more days up to the summit if the weather is
cooperating with us and we'll go from there. So I'll do another dispatch in
2-3 days to let you know how we're going and thinking of you all.
Earlier: Marty's first dispatch from Aconcagua:
Hello Daan, Macpac and everyone following us with this
expedition to South America's tallest summit, Aconcagua, just under 7,000
meters high. For the past few days Brianne, Rob and I have been dealing with
baggage not showing up. One airline tells us that the bags should have been
delivered and the other airline tells us that they have not shown up at all.
Who do you believe?
Rob pushed the door down and got the right people to help,
while talking to them, he spotted the bags in the corner amongst many other
bags, 2 days later. The joy from his heart was felt by everyone in Mendoza.
Now the expedition can move ahead. We know this is nothing compared to the 2
million passengers and 10 millions flights cancelled during this festive
season, we do count our blessings and are very thankful.
Rob Brazell is a man I met through Von Whitby out of Salt
Lake City many years ago. We both go way back, Von being a client since 1988.
Rob's daughter wanted to climb Aconcagua with her father and so this
expedition developed during the past few months. We three are now packed,
planned and ready to move forward to Los Penitentes, a little ski resort at
the base of Aconcagua. We leave tomorrow and will start our 3 day trek into
Plaza Argentina straight away. Brings back great memories for me with Peter
and Eva last year and the year before this was with Jason and Bob. Sending you
four wonderful thoughts.
During this expedition I will phone to Daan and talk bit
about our progress during this climb and what is happen with everyone. I'll do
this every 2-3 days. Looking forward to this climb with Brianne and Rob.
We just had a major storm system come through this part of
the Andes, most likely plenty of snow fell on our route. The challenge is upon
us three to keep our pace, acclimatize well and be prepared for our summit
day. So say tuned and we'll let you know how we are doing.
Good thoughts to you all for a safe, content, full of good
will, happy New Year. Enjoy what your doing for you can only really live in
the now moment. All the best, cheers, Marty, Rob and Brianne.
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