Aconcagua 2020- Team Dances With Mules Check In

Hello cybercast listeners!

Mike Coyle and Hannah McGowan here with team Dances With Mules. First off, we apologize that some of our cybercasts have gotten cut-off early, it can be difficult to get good satellite phone reception here. So, we have some catching up to do!

We have been in Plaza de Mulas basecamp for three days now. We arrived on Friday after hiking for 10.5 miles gaining nearly 3,000 feet of elevation! Everyone was happy, tired, and satisfied with a long day on the trail.

Yesterday (Saturday) we enjoyed some much needed rest and then practiced some movement skills in the afternoon. The amazing staff here at basecamp cooked us an Argentine BBQ, known locally as an asado.

Today we did an acclimatization climb. We summited a mountain called Cerro Bonnete, 16,500’. We left camp at 9am returning at 4:30. We enjoyed good weather on the summit and everyone was moving well, feeling well and our team seems to be doing well with the altitude.

Tomorrow we will carry gear up to Camp Canada, 16,600’. We’ll leave our gear up at the camp buried in rocks, we call this a cache. After we cache we’ll return to basecamp for another great meal. We will check in again tomorrow evening.

Everyone sends their love back home!!

Mike, Hannah, and Team Dances With Mules.

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