Friday, January 18, 2013

Aconcagua Group at Casa Piedra - Jan 18, 2013

Jared called in at 1:30 pm PST (6:30 Aconcagua time) to let us know that they had reached the Casa Piedra Camp at 10,500' on the approach hike to Plaza Argentina, basecamp for their climb of Aconcagua.  He said the hike today took just over 6 hours and that everyone was doing well.  There is evidently just enough wind to keep the heat from being an issue, but it is not so windy as to be a nuisance.

They had very clear views up to the summit of Aconcagua and were able to get a bunch of good photos of the mountain.  Much of the fresh food goes in on the backs of the mules in plastic barrels and a cooler and Jared was pretty excited that nothing had been damaged.  He did mention that they have ben carrying their eggs and have enough to have real eggs for breakfast for awhile to come.

At this point the group is practicing things like pitching tents and securing them against the wind, working to make sure they do not get blisters and starting to acclimate.  The basecamp at Plaza Argentina is at 13,600' so it makes sense to take a few days to slowly work your way up to that elevation in order to let your body acclimate to the new altitude.

The hike up the Relinchos Valley tomorrow is steep at times and can be slow going.  The goal is to take their time as they won't be super well acclimated at this point.  Once at basecamp we usually take a rest day the next day.  More news coming when we get it.

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