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Aconcagua Team is at Camp 2

Today, amidst deep snow, the team pushed up to 18,000′ in very difficult conditions.  It was an extremely challenging day, with the team first needing to dig their tents out of the thigh deep snow and then break trail uphill for hours, “post holing” with each step. In a phone call to our office this…

Aconcagua Team – Rest Day at Camp 1

  Jack called in today’s post, although it is, unfortunately, largely unintelligible.  Camp 1 is in a valley that drains from a large bowl that separates Aconcagua from Cerro Ameghino, it’s 20,000′ neighbor.  Ameghino sits directly to the north of camp, and it’s towering height interferes with satellite connectivity.  Communication from the next camp, at…

November 28 Aconcagua Team is at Camp 1

Amidst blustery winds, our Aconcagua team packed up and hiked 3000′ up to their next camp, located below a very large basin at an elevation of about 16,400′ (5000m).  Lorenz called with an update and from the sound of his voice, it was a bittersweet departure.  Base Camp is a pretty comfortable place, with good…

Aconcagua Team Carried to Camp 1

Lorenz called in from the Plaza Argentina Base Camp at 4150m (13,600′) after the team carried loads to Camp 1 at right near 5000m (16,400′) earlier in the day. The mountain presented very challenging conditions for the team.  It was very cold and they climbed into a fierce wind, making for a very tough day…

Aconcagua Team is at Base Camp

Lorenz called in from the relative comfort of Base Camp, after a long day hiking up the Relinchos Valley.  Today was the toughest day of the trip thus far, as they gained over 3000′ of elevation as they hiked about seven miles from their camp at Casa De Piedra. The morning started with a crossing…