Hello everybody this is Ben, Danny, and Jangbu here on Aconcagua. We are Team #5 and we are starting our trek.
We got into Pampa de Leñas today (which is at about 9,200 feet). We started out today at the trailhead at about 7,800 feet, so gained about 1300-1400 feet today and had a nice day, about six hours of hiking today, all the way up here to Pampa de Leñas. And a great new year’s eve here for everyone.
We just finished up a awesome asado dinner, a traditional Argentine barbecue cooked by the muleteers, the guys that are driving up the mules with all of our gear on it, and had a nice evening with that, lots of food. We had potatoes, corn, meat, chicken; we had some vegetables, a vegetable mix, and dessert. And everybody is completely full.
Everybody did great today, we’re doing well. It was pretty hot today, but we had a nice breeze most of the day so that cut the heat down just a little bit. And we’re looking forward to our second hike tomorrow to Casa de Piedra (at about 10,600 feet).
So everybody says “hello” back home and wishes everybody a good new year’s day tomorrow and new year’s eve tonight. We’ll talk to you soon. Good night.