Jan 13 Aconcagua – Base Camp

The team called in to update us from Base Camp! They will be working their way up to Camp 1, and after that start hauling gear to camp 2 to continue to move up the mountain. They have enjoyed really nice weather, if not a bit too hot! From their last camp at Casa de Piedra they hopped on horseback until the arrived at the mouth of the Relinchos Valley. From here the trail rises steeply from the mouth of the relatively narrow valley and involves some mildly exposed side-hilling as it climbs up into the broader upper stretches of the Relinchos. This 6-7-hour hike culminates at the Plaza Argentina Base Camp, where the team can relax with cold beverages and warm hospitality. This is a tougher day than the previous two and as Base Camp is located at 13,800’ (4,200 m), it also involves a lot of elevation gain.

Here’s Jon!




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