Dec 18 Aconcagua – Camp 1

Although it’s hard to tell from Milo’s dispatch, after a rest day on Thursday the team likely moved up to Camp 1 yesterday. Camp 1 sits at 16,300′ (4,970 m). Group gear, food and fuel will already be stocked at Camp 1, so the team enjoyed light packs as they hiked up. The trail ascends along the side of a steep gully next to a dead glacier covered in rocks. Fields of penitents (tall fins of snow formed by wind and solar radiation) line the gully and a 500’-(160 m)high field guards the access to Camp 1. Winding through this section is always a fun and memorable stretch of the hike.

Here are some photos of the team enjoying Base Camp.

And here’s Milo!


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