Team 9, Lucky Loco Lucio hunkered down and rested for the day, postponing their summit attempt due to high winds

Hey this is Matthew Emht calling in for Aconcagua Team 9, Team Loco Lucio. Today is December [January] 29th and the team is not going for the summit.

We woke up at 4am this morning and started getting ready, but unfortunately the 15 mile an hour summit winds that were predicted, materialized as 40, 50, even 60 mile an hour gusting winds at our High Camp, even higher up at the summit. We stood by till about 7:30 in the morning and at that point, it was just a little bit too late to make our summit bid. And the winds have actually been picking up more than anything else. It is a beautiful clear day today, but there’s a lot of blowing and it’s pretty cold out there. We’re taking it in the chin a little bit, hunkering down and just hoping that tomorrow will be a better day for us.

We’re going to go ahead and call it a weather day, do some resting, reading, eating, drinking a bunch of water, and hanging tough here. So that’s the news. We’ll definitely keep you posted on our summit bid tomorrow. Thanks a lot for listening.


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