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  Marty Schmidt -  from Aconcagua, Argentina 2011: Dispatch Four and Five


Fourth dispatch from Aconcagua:

Hello everybody,

Just letting you know everything is good. Rob and Brianna are doing great, the father-daughter team. They're experiencing every day, setting a new height record for themselves - they've never been above 14,000 ft and we're sleeping right now at 16,600 ft which is roughly around 5,100 meters and we're getting there...

We're at Camp I... did really well up here. Yesterday we pushed a great carry up to Camp II, which is 5,800 meters, so a big jump and everybody did really well. Rob's knee is coming around* and a little bit of sinus drip in the back of his throat and persistent coughing (...) sleeping with a scarf on his face as well as climbing with a scarf around his face to get a bit of warmth going into him instead of the cold air. And Brianna is just cruising along at altitude, what more can I say... she's doing great and her attitude is positive and she's enjoying the adventure and just the excitement of being on a big mountain. And it's great to see a father-daughter team working together, great lively conversations in the tent. We're all sleeping in the Macpac Hemisphere tent and loving it... a lot of room since Rob is 6'6"... he's a big tall basketball player and he's fitting nicely in the tent.

So today was a good rest day, it makes us stronger and prepared...

* Daan says: I now realize that I made a mistake in the last dispatch. Some parts were very hard to understand because of a dodgy connection and I wrote '... Rob and me were a little bit hurting...' At the time I was surprised because, as you know, Marty is a machine. After hearing this message I realize he said '...Rob's knee was a little bit hurting...' Apologies!

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Fifth dispatch from Aconcagua:

Hello everyone following us,

This is a dispatch from our high camp at 5,900 meters, roughly 19,300 ft ... about 300 ft below Kilimanjaro and about 700 ft above Mount Elbrus in Russia, so just to give you an idea. So Rob and Bri are doing fantastic, they're weathering it out at this altitude... never been up here before, so it's a record for them. They're doing great, no headaches and (...) having strength.

We went out today, out into a storm and tried to get up as high as we could just to acclimate and the storm knocked us back. We're in the tent right now and it's storming away and I guess it's like pulling the top away from your dining table and putting a sheet over the top and sitting underneath it for 48 hours, 50 hours and preparing to then go for a 7,000 meter mountain. It gives you an idea and that's what we're doing right now and everyone is coping well. We're just waiting for the weather to break and hopefully try summit day tomorrow, which would be the 10th and if the 10th doesn't work, we'll try the 11th and if the 11th doesn't work we'll try the 12th. So that's our game plan. So if you don't hear from us for a couple of days, it's because we're sitting still waiting for the summit and when you do hear from us hopefully we're on the summit giving everyone a big hello from the top of Aconcagua.

 

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