Buenos tardes and happy New Year! This is Dennis calling in for Team 6 or aka Team Chorizo. We’ve had some sat phone issues but we’re up and running now and aim to keep you guys updated on our progress. A little rundown on our adventure so far:
So, day 1 had us at Las Penitentes for the night, an excellent meal, and in the morning drove down to Punta de Vacas to pull in. After about five and a half hours walking we got to our first campsite which is Pampa de Leñas. We had an amazing barbecue cook off for us there (an asado in Spanish) and then followed the muleteers up the valley north to Casa de Piedra. From there we got an amazing view of Aconcagua before the third day, making our way up the steepening gully to Base Camp, Plaza Argentina.
Today we’ve been hanging out at altitude, trying to acclimatize a little bit and had a great rest day at Plaza Argentina. The weather has been fantastic and the food is on everyone’s priority list.
Tomorrow our plan is to head up the mountain and do a drop at Camp 1. We’re taking a lot of our heavy food and gear up there, also helping ourselves acclimatize a bit before coming back down tomorrow night to Camp Plaza Argentina once again. Then the plan is, the next day, to push up and stay at Alpine Ascents Camp 1.
Everyone’s in great spirits, we just want to say “Happy New Year” from the team here. That’s coming from Bryan, Kathryn, Carmelo, Anthony, Kenji, John, Todd, Russell, Brandon, and Erik and from the guides, Craig, Dennis, and Lakpa, who joined us last night. We hope you all are having a great new year and we’ll keep you posted soon. Ciao!