Aconcagua expedition departed 16th November 2019
Leader: Phil Longbottom
As promised Phil has sent through some pictures from the trip.
Congratulations to the team on a successful summit day. Mark, Ed and Brandon reached the summit with Chicho, whilst Paul reached his high point at the Canneletta and turned back with Phil there. Zac decided to stay at high camp. The team are now all safely down at Camp Colera. Photos to follow!
Phil called in today, they are now ready to move up to Camp 3 Guanacos. It’s been quite windy and the next couple of days are looking like they will be very strong at summit height. The plan is to potentially make their summit bid on Sunday, but they will be keeping a close eye on the weather as they head up. Thankfully Camp 3 Guanaocos offers decent shelter from Westerly winds, so allows the team to sit it out, where as Camp Colera (high camp) is a much more exposed to winds from any direction.
Today the team are leaving the luxury of basecamp and are heading up to camp 1 at 4850m.
The team reached base camp at Plaza Argentinas yesterday in good time, and everyone is doing well. Today they are taking a rest day to get used to the rarified air at 4200m, and tomorrow they will do their first carry up to Camp 1.
Phil sent a message to say the team have all arrived in Mendoza and that all was good. They have obtained their permits and had lunch on the way up to Penitentes. They have now sorted all the kit they need for the trip and today they started their three day trek into base camp. Tonight they will spend the night at the first camp, Pampa de Lenas, where the mulateers will have a BBQ for the team.