After their first day of trekking, Team 1 feasts on asado made by the arrieros at Pampa de Leñas before heading to bed

Hello everyone this is Ben, Danny, and Capi calling in here from Aconcagua. We are at the first camp on the trek in; we’re at Pampa de Leñas and we’re at about 9,500 feet. We’re doing great.

It was a beautiful day today, fairly warm but we do have a nice, steady breeze which cools it down a little bit for us today. It took us a little over six hours to get here to Camp. We had a great picnic lunch on the trail today and just got done with the Argentine traditional asado or barbecue, cooked by the arrieros here, the guys that are packing in the mules here up to Base Camp for us, with all of our gear. And they do an awesome job of serving up some great meat. And we also had some corn, and some potatoes, and some bread, a little bit of wine, some Coke, some Sprite and everybody was definitely full after this meal tonight.

But everybody did great today and is feeling well tonight and psyched to get some sleep. We’re all shipping off to bed right now, it’s about 9:30 or so here Argentine-time, no it’s about 10 o’clock. And yeah, we’re doing great.
Tomorrow we will hike for about seven hours; it’s a little bit longer tomorrow to get up to Casa de Piedre. And the following day we’ll make it up to Base Camp. So starting off the season great here. It’s a nice, warm evening here at 9,500 feet.

Talk to you soon.

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