Agne called in on behalf of our team, to let us know that the team has reached their first camp on the three day approach to their basecamp at Plaza Argentina. The weather is beautiful, and everyone did really well today, hiking about eight miles up the deep Vacas Valley.
The hike took them through high desert terrain, with scrub plants, bristly grasses and the occasional colorful chuckawalla lizard. The walked along the west bank of the Rio Vacas, passing several tributary creeks and gulleys as the made their way to Pampas de Leñas (Prairie of Firewood), the site of their first camp.
Agne reports that our guide Fermin prepared a traditional “asado” of grilled meats, one of his many specialties and there is some concern among the team that they might end up rolling into basecamp, due to the quantity of delicious food! When in Rome…!