The Fellowship successfully summited Aconcagua with spectacular views of the Argentinian landscape out to the Pacific Ocean!

Hey everybody, this is Dave Heinbach with Aconcagua Team 4, also known as The Fellowship.

Well we had a wonderful summit day today! Really, actually pretty pleasant weather, a little cold on the traverse probably about 30 below zero with wind chill (that’s to be expected up here). Then as we ascended higher into the sun, had some really nice temperatures, nobody needed to climb in their big puffy jackets and we had a fantastic view on top. We stayed up there for about a half an hour, took a bunch of photos, and just admired the view out into the Pacific Ocean and the darkest sky you can ever see here in the Americas.

Everyone did a great job going up and down, it’s been really tough conditions this year, very dry, very loose. Where we’d normally be walking on snow, we are having to deal with lots of loose scree and rubble. It was a pretty tough climb and everyone really rallied together and got it done and got back to High Camp safely.

Right now we are brewing up a little bit of dinner and some hot drink, and getting ready for the long descent to Plaza de Mulas.

So for all of those out there who are listening, we will talk to you later. Adios!

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